By Josh Levine
After starting off the season 0-4 in Academic Athletic Association play, the Burton High School’s offense more than doubled its season point total in a 52-46 shootout win over visiting Marshall on Saturday.
“It was nice to get the monkey off our back, especially because we have been on the cusp so many times,” said Burton head coach Anthony Rollins. “It sucks that it was against [Marshall], because we are good friends and it had playoff implications for them.”
Both teams now need to win the final two games of the season for an outside shot at the final playoff spot, and need Lowell to lose its final two games and Balboa to lose at least one more game.
“It was a fun game today,” said Marshall head coach Kamon Pierce. “It was like arena football with a 100-yard field. It was a good game, though, and we had fun.”
The Burton offense was sustained by three rushing touchdowns and a kick return for a score by senior running back Delron Marman, who finished with 96 rushing yards on 11 carries.
“As a senior, this really means a lot,” Marman said. “I’m just trying to keep up and we keep on fighting through.”
Marshall was fueled by a solid performance from quarterback Joey Sagiao.
Sagiao, who completed 17-of-28 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns, did all he could to muster a Phoenix comeback at the end, but four straight incomplete passes with less than two minutes remaining secured the Burton victory.
Sagiao’s favorite target, Mark Alexander, had nine receptions for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
“We played cool, but we made some stupid decisions at the end,” Alexander said. “It’s cool that we have a chance to make the playoffs and that I could lead us there.”
B: 10:54 — Alan Abilar 18-yard run (conversion failed)
M: 9:05 — Mark Alexander 22-yard pass from Joey Sagiao (kick failed)
M: 7:47 — Quintrell Anderson 7-yard run (Alexander pass from Sagiao on conversion)
B: 5:01 — Delron Marman 6-yard run (Marman run on conversion)
B: 2:28 — Myles Sherman 49-yard fumble return (Marman run on conversion)
M: 1:05 — Alexander 31-yard pass from Sagiao (Anderson run on conversion)
M: 10:41 — Davis 63-yard pass from Sagiao (conversion failed)
B: 10:02 — Jamari Gauto pass 34-yard pass from Lalu Manu (Marman run on conversion)
M: 6:22 — Alexander 55-yard pass from Sagiao (conversion failed)
M: 1:13 — Anderson 10-yard run (kick failed)
B: 1:00 — Marman 60-yard kick return (Marman run on conversion)
M: 11:03 — Kamari Mitchell 2-yard run (conversion failed)
B: 7:38 — Marman 1-yard run (kick failed)
B: 1:52 — Gauto 44-yard pass from Manu (Manu run on conversion)