NEWHALL – For the third consecutive week Burroughs faced yet another former Foothill League rival, the Hart Indians, as part of head coach Keith Knoop’s master plan.
And unfortunately for the Burroughs Indians the result was also reminiscent of old times: a 27-10 loss to Hart (2-1).
The defeat also meant an 0-3 start for JBHS, the Indian’s first since 2007, but Knoop said there was definitely strategy behind the tough scheduling.
“I am not excited about 0-3, but I’m excited that we got better play in these teams,” said Knoop referring to the level of competition early in the season. “We’re not going to face anybody like Saugus, Canyon and Hart.”
For Hart, the win came as a relief after a brutal 42-7 loss against Palmdale last week.
Burroughs faced an uphill battle early on.
Two minutes into the game, Hart wide receiver Tim White ripped off a 43-yard run that set up quarterback Cory Mayes’ 5-yard stroll into the end zone.
The attack wasn’t over just yet.
After a field goal from Burroughs’ Cristobal Escobar that cut the lead 7-3 with 3:47 left in first quarter, Mayes returned the favor a minute later with a 38-yard play action pass to White to increase the lead 14-3. Mayes finished the game 9/13 for 116 yards and three touchdowns, one rushing.
But Burroughs, led by senior quarterback Lucas Yanez, was out to prove they could still put up a fight.
Hart went up 21-3 with 2:13 remaining in the half after a Yanez interception set up another Mayes touchdown. Mayes found wide receiver Kevin King in the end zone for the 12-yard score.
But Yanez showed resilience as he used his arm and legs to give his team hope going into halftime.
Yanez led his team from their own 12 to the Hart 38-yard line with a deadly mix of runs and passes. But three straight incompletions, including a drop in the end zone from junior wide receiver Zander Anding, led to a 4th and 10.
Zanding, who has slowly become Yanez’ favorite target, quickly redeemed himself by converting a first down with a stellar 22-yard grab. After a roughing the passer penalty, Yanez ran it in from eight yards out on the game’s next play with only twelve seconds left in the 2nd quarter to send his team into halftime only down 21-10.
Yanez finished the game 15/29 for 226 yards with one rushing touchdown and three interceptions. He also ran for 40 yards on 11 carries.
The Burroughs offense couldn’t keep up their momentum in the second half against a stout Hart defense, led by defensive back Tim White, who hurt them on both sides of the ball.
After scoring in the first quarter, White picked off Yanez twice in the second half, but Burroughs also stepped it up on defense, holding Hart to only two field goals in the third quarter.
“You always expect this when you play Hart. It can happen at any moment,” said Knoop of Hart’s quick start and dominance. “They’re well coached and they got their butts kicked last week, and I didn’t think they were going to let that happen again.”
Other Game Notes:
Hart RB Dylan Edwards gained 76 yards on 10 carries.