Bell-Jeff Hits The Road For First-Round Game!

November 19, 2009 by  

BURBANK — It’s been decades since the Burbank High and Burroughs football teams both had first-round playoff home games.

However, while the Bulldogs and Indians will enjoy the comfy confines of Memorial Field for their CIF Southern Section postseason games this week, Bellarmine-Jefferson has to hit the road for its playoff opener. Because Burbank and Burroughs share the same venue, the two will play on different days in Southeast Division games. The Indians will host a tough Diamond Ranch team at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and the Bulldogs will host Alhambra on Friday in a 7:30 game.

The Guards will be at Boron Friday for a 7:30 p.m. contest with Boron High School.

Boron (8-2) — the Desert Mountain champion — should pose a tough task for Bell-Jeff (6-4 and third in the Santa Fe League). “That’s what you get when you finish third in your league,” Guards’ Coach Rolando Aguirre said. “They are good, but beatable.”

The Bobcats have a solid running game behind Reggie Heard (99 for 810 and nine touchdowns) and Leroy Taylor (96 for 736 and 11 touchdowns). Quarterback Josh Core (53 for 92 for 911, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions) runs the offense.

The Guards have received a huge effort this season from junior running back/receiver Micah Shirley. Shirley has 77 carries for 902 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing and has 44 catches for 651 yards and eight touchdowns. He has even thrown for a touchdown.

“We are just going to have to come out tough and battle,” said Aguirre, whose team made it to Northeast Division quarterfinals in 2008. click to read full story

Jeff Tully

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