Sunday, September 16, 2007


Simi Valley 28, Burbank 0: Langston Jackson rushed for 127 yards and scored all four touchdowns in the Pioneers' victory.
On its first possession, Simi Valley drove 52 yards on eight plays, culminating with a 34-yard run by Jackson.
Jackson scored on a 2-yard run with 28 seconds left in the first half to give the Pioneers a 21-0 lead.
Burbank quarterback Kevin Hunter completed 9 of 20 passes for 125 yards.
- Howard Abrams
Based on the recent performance of both teams, MaxPreps predicts on: 9/20/2007
Simi Valley (CA)will beat Burbank 21-7.

’Dogs find going rough

FOOTBALL: Burbank’s offense sputters in 28-0 noleague loss on road to Simi Valley.
By Seth Amitin
SIMI VALLEY — Burbank High had trouble containing Simi Valley’s powerful run offense, and star running back Langston Jackson. As a result, the Bulldogs fell to the Pioneers, 28-0, on Thursday night in a nonleague game at Simi Valley.
It’s another tough loss for the Bulldogs (0-3). Burbank has yet to win a game this season, having been outscored, 63-14, in its three losses.Burbank first-year Coach Ted Amorosi took the loss hard.“I did a poor job getting these kids ready this week,” Amorosi said. “This loss is on my shoulders.”The Bulldogs struggled to get anything started offensively, and converted on third down only once in eight tries. When they finally converted on a fourth down — a 70-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Hunter to wideout Cody Cardenaz that ended in the end zone — it was called back because of a false start.Hunter was eight for 17 for 94 yards, including one long bomb to wideout Victor Anaya for a 40-yard gain. However, that would be Burbank’s only visit inside the red zone.The biggest problem for Burbank, though, was its failure to convert on Simi Valley’s mistakes. The Pioneers were called for three personal fouls in the first half — one on a Simi Valley interception — each resulting in a 15-yard gains and a first downs. But the Bulldogs couldn’t make anything of it.“We didn’t play Burbank High School football today,” Amorosi said. Jackson played well, culminating a big night on a 25-yard run through the Bulldogs’ offensive line and over Anaya — playing linebacker — who had to be helped off the field. Anaya would be OK and came back in the game later as quarterback. Jackson had only three runs longer than 20 yards, and none longer than his 34-yard touchdown run. But he still managed to get 140 yards rushing in 26 carries.After scoring three touchdowns in the first half, Jackson scored once more in the third before being pulled in the fourth.I came in prepared for this game,” Jackson said in a stoic tone with a slight smile. Simi Valley Coach Todd Borowski gave credit to Jackson for helping rebuild the program, and with good reason. Jackson confirmed he has received a full scholarship offer to the University of Utah, after making official visits to Washington, Oregon and Washington State. He has also made an unofficial visit to UCLA.

Deuce's picks: Could it be the end for two long streaks?
By Derry Eads Thursday, September 20,
If there's anyone in need of a breakthrough week, it's the Deuce.
And he was so close to doing it last Friday.
Two games decided on the final play — Westlake High lost to Saugus and Pacifica beat Simi Valley — kept the Deuce from having a respectable 13-3 record.
Alas, it was not to be.
Has the slowest start of the Deuce's career shaken his confidence?
He isn't about to shake and roll to another system because of two down weeks.
In fact, the Deuce sees two long streaks ending this week.
Note to St. Bonaventure: The Deuce heard about using last week's prediction as bulletin board material for your win against Canyon. You know, of course, that means an automatic penalty of picking your team to win on Friday
. Simi Valley 23, Burbank 14: After its stunning loss last week, Simi Valley needs some momentum for the Marmonte League season.

California High School Football -
Pacifica tips Simi Valley (September 14, 2007: Oxnard, CA 93030) The crowd at Friday's non-league contest between the Pacifica Tritons (Oxnard, CA) and the visiting Simi Valley Pioneers (Simi Valley, CA), observed Pacifica's football squad edge Simi Valley by a count of 17-14. Coming up next, the Pioneers encounter the Burbank Bulldogs (Burbank, CA) in a non-league contest, on Thursday, September 20. Simi Valley will attempt to upgrade on its 1-1 season record. The Bulldogs go into the contest with a 0-2 record after their 28-14 non-league loss to Chaminade (West Hills, CA).

Team Comparison
Burbank (0-2)
Mascot: Bulldogs
League: Pacific
Simi Valley (1-1)
Mascot: Pioneers
League: Marmonte
Rushing Yards/Game
» Darian Walker
» Langston Jackson
Passing Yards/Game
» Kevin Hunter
» Jared Zahorik
Total Yards/Game
» Kevin Hunter
» Langston Jackson
» Chance Cross
» Tim McCananny
» James Barona
Published Sep 15, 2007

Burbank takes big steps in loss
FOOTBALL: After early lead, Bulldogs give host Chaminade all it can handle in 28-14 road setback.
By Jeff Tully
WEST HILLS — For the first half Friday it its nonleague game against Chaminade High, Burbank looked like a world-beater, as the Bulldogs were poised to pull off one of the biggest upsets in program history. Using a swarming defense, some trickery and inventive play-calling, the Bulldogs came out in the opening minutes and smacked the Eagles right between the eyes.
Although Burbank held a seven-point lead against its ranked opponent after two quarters, the Bulldogs sputtered in the second half, opening the door for Chaminade. Taking full advantage, the Eagles were able to claw their way back to a 28-14 victory at Chaminade.“I couldn’t be more proud of this group of players,” Burbank first-year Coach Ted Amorosi said. “I think we took some huge steps as a program with our performance [Friday]. I couldn’t have asked for more.”On paper, it looked as if the Bulldogs (0-2) could be headed for a lopsided loss. The Eagles (2-0) are ranked No. 4 in the tough CIF Southern Section Western Division and have a slew of Division I prospects. In addition, the team advanced to the division semifinals last season, losing to eventual champion Dominguez, 26-19. If that wasn’t enough, Chaminade is led by senior quarterback Ryan Griffin, who threw for 31 touchdowns and more than 3,100 yards in 2006. Despite the hype, the Bulldogs came out gunning, recovering an onside kick to start the game. On the first play from scrimmage, Eric Blatz got the ball on a double reverse and scampered down the left sideline for a 53-yard touchdown. With Burbank leading, 6-0, Chaminade came back and took a one-point lead on a touchdown with 1:06 remaining in the first quarter. Undaunted, the Bulldogs came roaring back, as Darian Walker went in for a two-yard score. When quarterback Kevin Hunter hit Blatz on a pass for the extra point, Burbank savored a 14-7 lead at the half. Unfortunately for Burbank, the second half wasn’t as rosy. The team’s offense stalled, as the Bulldogs were unable to score on their seven possessions in the half.“[Chaminade] made some adjustments in that second half, and we just didn’t move the ball very well,” Amorosi said. Behind Griffin and sophomore running back Cory Bess, Chaminade was able to put 21 unanswered points on the board in the second half. “We watched film of Burbank, and we weren’t surprised. We knew they were a good, physical team,” Eagles Coach Anthony Harris said. Walker carried the ball 18 times for 77 yards and a touchdown for Burbank.