Bell-Jeff Faces Tough Opponent in 1st Round!

November 20, 2008 by  

FOOTBALL: Bell-Jeff, Burroughs and Burbank all draw road games for first round of the CIF playoffs. Is this the season the drought will be broken? It has been quite a few years since any of the three local football teams have won a CIF Southern Section playoff game.  



Burroughs High last won a postseason contest in 1987, when it advanced to the Northwestern Division championship game. This is only the fourth time in 20 years that Burbank has even made it to the postseason.

However, the winner for futility is Bellarmine-Jefferson. The Guards haven’t been victorious in the postseason in 54 years, last winning a CIF contest in 1954.

The three teams are hoping to end that streak Friday when they all hit the road for first-round games.

After placing second in the Santa Fe League behind St. Genevieve, Bell-Jeff will take on host Fairmont Prep at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos Valley Christian High.

Burroughs, the No. 3 team from the Pacific League, will play at 7 p.m. at Rowland. Burbank, the No. 4 team from the Pacific League, will take on Santa Fe at Pioneer High in a 7:30 p.m. game.

Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre said maybe losing the league championship will have a positive affect on his team.

“You never want to lose a game like that,” he said. “But maybe it will be good for us. I think it’s going to make our team a little hungrier, so they go into the playoff game ready to win.”

In a Northeast Division game, the Guards (7-3) will take on a Fairmont Prep (8-2) team that finished second in the San Joaquin League behind Saddleback Valley Christian.

The Huskies lost to Saddleback Valley Christian, 14-7. Bell-Jeff was also defeated by the Warriors, 6-0, in the first game of the season.

“They are going to be a good team,” Aguirre said of Fairmont Prep. “It’s going to be tough, and I expect a good game.”

The Huskies are led by senior running back-receiver Richard Johnson, who has gained 1,406 yards in 145 carries (9.7 yards a carry) and has scored 28 touchdowns. He also has 25 receptions for 408 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Bell-Jeff counters with senior running back Bronson Ketchum, who has gained 1,015 yards in 156 carries (6.5 yards a carry) and eight touchdowns. The Guards also have a talented receiver in Micah Shirley, who has 34 receptions for 835 yards and five touchdowns.

Bell-Jeff’s defense is paced by junior linebacker Alex Davidians (109 tackles).

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFSNortheast Division •  Bell-Jeff (No. 2 Santa Fe League) vs. Fairmont Prep (No. 3 Prep League) at Cerritos Valley Christian High, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

By Jeff Tully – Burbank Leader (click to read read full story)











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