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Indians run past Hoover

Football: Tornadoes can't keep up in 42-14 Pacific League loss against defending league champions.

November 03, 2011|By Charles Rich,

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Hoover High football Coach Andrew Policky heard different rumors about whether Burroughs standout running back Zander Anding would return to the lineup in time for Thursday's Pacific League contest between the Tornadoes and Indians.

Policky didn't take any chances, guessing correctly that Anding would suit up for the first time after he suffered a partially collapsed lung on Oct. 20.

Anding did well in limited action, as he rushed for 220 yards in only six carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead Burroughs to a 42-14 victory at Glendale High's Moyse Field.


"I had heard it would be 50-50 that he would play, but we had a feeling he might be in there," Policky said. "He's very good.

"We played as hard as we could play against him and that team. We ran the ball effectively, but we were just outmanned at every position defensively."

Hoover dropped to 0-9, 0-6 in league, while Burroughs improved to 5-4, 5-1. The Indians have shared the league championship the past two seasons and are tied for first this season.

Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said Anding was cleared to play Thursday afternoon. Anding, who entered the game with 1,883 yards rushing in 154 carries and 19 touchdowns, didn't enter the game until the start of the second quarter. Burroughs had one possession in the first quarter.

Anding entered action Thursday having rushed for more than 300 yards in four straight games played. That left him one behind former Ventura High and UCLA standout Tyler Ebell, who holds the state record with five.

"He was awesome, but we decided to not give him the ball more as we tried to work some more on our passing game," Knoop said. "Our players knew that they had a poor performance last week against Muir.

"The goal for us was to become more dynamic and we could throw to a bunch of different receivers."

Burroughs quarterback Brad Hunt tossed three touchdown passes. The right-hander completed eight of 11 passes for 95 yards.

Burroughs scored on its first possession on an eight-yard run by Damien Beltran to make it 7-0 with 6:19 left in the opening quarter.

Anding played a significant role on Burroughs' next possession in the second quarter. His first rush went for 37 yards before going another 29 over three carries. Hunt completed the drive when he tossed a three-yard pass to wide receiver Charjee Brown to make it 14-0 with 7:52 remaining.

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