Football: Washington comes from behind to beat upset-minded Burton

Washington senior running back Jamie McHenry (right) works his way through the Burton defense on Saturday at Burton High School. (Photo by Clarivel Fong)

By Ryan Kuhn

A two-touchdown lead at the end of the first quarter was not enough for Burton High School to pull off the upset against visiting Washington on Saturday.

The Eagles scored 28 unanswered points in the final three quarters to win 28-14 on the road and remain undefeated in Academic Athletic Association play.

“[It] was hard that we dropped this game. Coming in, we felt we could win this one,” said Burton head coach Anthony Rollins. “Nobody predicted this and even the score doesn’t show how close this game actually was.”

The Pumas (0-5, 0-4) started the game by recovering an onside kick and Burton quarterback Alan Alibar scored on a 38-yard run just over a minute later.

“We practiced that all week long,” Rollins said of the onside kick. “We trust our guys with their speed to get down there and if it bounced at all, we felt like we had a good chance to grab it.”

Burton quarterback Alan Alibar (left) scrambles away from pressure against Washington on Saturday at Burton High School. (Photo by Clarivel Fong)

After giving up another touchdown on Burton’s second drive, the Washington (5-2, 4-0) defense shifted the momentum when linebacker Vincent Chen scored on a 18-yard interception return in the second quarter.

From there, the Eagles’ momentum would keep on rolling, as they tied the score at 14-14 on 60-yard drive that ended with Lajarie Mabrey’s 3-yard touchdown run.

“We just had to play hard,” said Washington senior quarterback Aram Gevandian. “If we focus and do our assignments, then we can beat any team in this league.”

It took 38 minutes, but Washington’s running game slowly wore down the Burton defense and the Eagles took the lead when Mabrey ran for his second touchdown of the afternoon with 9:40 remaining in the game.

With one last chance to tie the game, Burton’s hopes for of their first win disappeared when Abilar was intercepted.

“This being an emotional game, turnovers hurt,” Rollins said. “I tell them to keep their heads up, but I now know we have the team we thought [we] had and have to work on finishing.”

Despite being winless on the season, Washington head coach Karl Finley said he was impressed with the Pumas.

“They came to play today and they slapped us around a little bit,” he said. “I think our kids took them for granted because of their record.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
B: 10:39 – Alan Abilar 38-yard run (Abilar run on conversion)
B: 0:40 – Dumar Afalava 29-yard pass from Brandon Lee (conversion failed)

Second Quarter
W: 7:23 – Vincent Chen 18-yard interception return (Adam Badi kick good)
W: 0:18 – Lajarie Mabrey 3-yard run (Badi kick good)

Fourth Quarter
W: 9:40 – Mabrey 15-yard run (Badi kick good)
W: 2:18 – Phillip Montgomery 23-yard pass from Aram Gevandian (Badi kick good)

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16 Comments

  1. Ari Gold says:

    Washington is my favorite AAA team because they kick extra points.

  2. Sag Mode says:

    WOW Burton would have had upset of the year period

  3. GCJ says:

    I agree. It would’ve been nice if they would’ve pulled it off!

  4. LT42 says:

    BTW. #32 is Terence Ching. NOT Dumar Afalava. and #11 is Aulalo Manu. Brandon Lee is #5. Just saying.

  5. repo,man says:

    Yeah Burton gave Wash a scare.

  6. John says:

    Please, Just face the fact that Wash came back up.

  7. kprado says:

    foreal. you mad cuz you lost AGAIN. maybe when you get off that 0-4 streak you can say something…SIKE! not gonna happen

    • Anonymous says:

      Kprado. I’m a wash fan and after seeing this game it’s clear Burton is a different team than the one that started with 15 players. If you talk to some of the Wash Players they will tell you they are big,physical and fast. My guess is they win the rest of their games. If # 11 doesn’t go out of the game with dehydration maybe it is the upset of the year. Who knows cuz kprado you just got no game.

  8. timmy tomioka says:

    ryan tran though

  9. Anonymous says:

    this supa funny… but the better team won in the end though and Burton is alrite team but still need to improve in a lot of areas

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