BHS football advances in CIF

Burros to face Long Beach Saints on home field Friday night at 7 p.m.

BHS football advances in CIFBy CHASE CRACRAFT

News Review Correspondent

Last Friday night, the Burroughs Burros took on the Falcons of Rubidoux High School, out of Riverside, in a do-or-die matchup to advance to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 9 football bracket.

The then-5-5 Falcons had a rough go of it in Ridgecrest’s prevailing winds. The newly top-ranked Burros trampled the Falcons, blanking them 43-0.

The game started off on a different note from what the Burros are used to. They won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first, which is the opposite of their usual game plan.

“I wanted to get the ball first and start off with points on the board on the first possession,” said Head Coach Todd Mather.

However, the game plan did not quite play out that way, as the Burros ended up giving the ball over to Rubidoux on the first possession, but they quickly got the ball back and went to work. The Burros offense was on fire, with 43 unanswered points. A big highlight of the night was senior wide receiver and running back Antonio Ramirez, who scored three touchdowns against the Falcons.

“It was all a team effort,” said Ramirez. “I’m happy with how well I performed, but it was all for my team and my town.”

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, the Burros will take on St. Anthony High School of Long Beach. The 8-3 Saints are currently ranked 300 in the state with a low schedule difficulty of 4.5.

The Saints have put big numbers up this season and are coming into Ridgecrest on a six-game winning streak. The Burros are putting those numbers aside and focusing on what needs to be done on the field.

“We’ve got to stop their quarterback,” said Mather. “Their quarterback is their best runner, and we need to keep him from scrambling on the passing plays. He’s the key to winning this game, and it’s their secret weapon.”

Going into tonight’s game, the Burros know that their competition is going to be greater than that of the previous week.

“They are a lot bigger upfront and a lot more athletic,” said Mather. “We are going to be way more creative and precise in order to move the ball around like we did last week.”

In a win for local fans, the Burros will continue their postseason play at home, which is an unusual accomplishment for Burroughs athletics.

“We feel great about it. We feel like we have earned it [having two playoff games in a row],” said Mather.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Sherman E. Burroughs Stadium, as the Burros look to advance to the next round of playoffs in hopes of achieving the CIF Southern Section D9 title. Community members may buy pre-sale tickets at the Burroughs Sherman Shack from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students with ID and $5 for children.

Pictured: The Burros fight off Falcons to maintain control of the ball in last week’s CIF?Southern Section Division 9 playoffs. BHS?won 43-0 to advance to the next round. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-11-17