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Burroughs football breaks down CV

Football: Indians keep Falcons off scoreboard for three quarters, then hold off comeback.

October 04, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' quarterback Andrew Williams looks for some running space against the Crescenta Valley defense.
Burroughs' quarterback Andrew Williams looks… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE— In its previous game, the quarterback position was an afterthought for the Burroughs High football team, as it didn’t attempt a pass in the second half.

But quarterback Andrew Williams was back on the field for the Indians in Thursday night’s Pacific League game against host Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field and left a deep imprint on the game.

Williams managed an effective offensive effort for Burroughs and altered the game with a pair of huge runs after being flushed out of the pocket in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-16 win, the team’s second in a row.

“I trust my O-line with all my heart, but what [CV] did was try to trip us up by bringing many guys on the outside and the kind of offense we are, we like to roll out and I have the ability to run and that was just ineffective to [stopping] what I can do,” said Williams (15 for 21 passing for 143 yards and 110 yards rushing in four carries). “My O-line, I’m really proud of them today, they got it done, but you’ve got to make big plays in games like this to win.”

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Williams did just that, starting with an 89-yard run away from pressure in the backfield with the Indians pinned back at their own nine-yard line on third and long with 11:43 left in the fourth quarter. The ensuing one-yard score on an option pitch from Williams to Garrett Manoukian put the Indians up, 20-0. After Crescenta Valley answered with its first touchdown of the night on a 36-yard run by William Wang (92 yards rushing in 15 carries) to cap a 71-yard drive with 7:13 to play, Williams against scrambled for a 32-yard gain on third and nine from the Burroughs 36-yard line to keep an Indians drive alive. Although Burroughs wouldn’t get points on the drive, the extra minutes run off the clock and improved field position on an ensuing punt from the Falcons’ 35 were crucial in holding off Crescenta Valley’s comeback.

“To be honest, I should have scored on both of those plays,” Williams said.

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