Burros claim victory over Falcons

BHS Football to face off against Tehachapi Warriors Friday

Burros claim victory over FalconsBy CHASE CRACRAFT

Special to the News Review

Coming off last week’s 30-28 win over the Palmdale Falcons, the Burroughs High School football team travels to Tehachapi tonight for its first away contest at 7:30 p.m. This is the Warriors’ first game of the season, while the Burros look to put another mark in the win column.

Despite an attempted fourth-quarter comeback last week by the Falcons, the Burros’ biggest opponent was the midsummer Ridgecrest heat. The blistering heat held throughout the night; sundown did next to nothing to bring down the temperature from a stifling 100 degrees.

The heat would be enough to demoralize and defeat a squad unaccustomed to hot weather; both coaches used several timeouts trying to keep their players rehydrated and to minimize the amount of mid-game cramps.

The game began rather roughly for the Burros as they started the game with a three-and-out, giving the ball over to the Falcons. The Falcons in return scored a quick six points with a short sweep to the left. Down by six, the Burros found a way to push quarterback Austin Griffin into the end zone, tying the game at 6-6.

Later in the second quarter, the Falcons broke the tie with a 12-yard pass into the end zone. The Falcons took the lead 13-6 with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter. The Burros answered back with a clutch 35-yard touchdown catch by senior wide receiver Antonio Ramirez. The Burros’ new senior kicker Ryan Arlow drilled the PAT to make the score 13-13.

Palmdale started the second half with the football, but quickly handed it over to Burroughs on a three-and-out. The Burroughs offense had a big reception by junior wide receiver Bryson Pippin for about 75 yards to get the Burros into the red zone. The Burros took the lead late in the third quarter as Arlow kicked a 34-yard field goal to make the score 16-13 Burroughs.

“We started seeing what coverage they were running against our sets and started staying in it, instead of rotating, so we knew what plays to run to beat that coverage,” said Head Coach Todd Mather.

The Burros extended their lead with a 30-yard reception by senior wide receiver Jack Sherritt, making the score 23-13 Burros with 1:53 remaining in the third quarter.

“The play was huge,” said Mather. “It really swung the momentum our way for the rest of the second half.”

The Burros started the fourth quarter off strong with 40-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Bryce Moore, increasing their lead to 30-13. The Falcons tried to make a comeback but fell short by two. A late interception by Sherritt secured the victory for the Burros.

“This win was huge for us. You need to get that first win under your belt,” said Mather.

The next home game is Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Sherman E. Burroughs Stadium against the Rancho Verde High School Mustangs, coached by former Burroughs Head Coach Jeff Steinberg. Steinberg coached the 2005 Burros to their CIF-SS divisional championship against the Palm Springs Indians.

Pictured: No. 20 Jack Sherritt leaps for the ball in prelude to scoring a touchdown, while No. 23 Antonio Ramirez fends off the Falcons. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-09-01