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Burbank's Calvin Green (7) outraces Pleasant Grove's Tyree Hanson (23) and Louis Morago (2) for one of his two touchdowns.

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Burbank enjoys a 'Flash' back playoff win over Pleasant Grove

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C

Burbank's Calvin Green is nicknamed "Flash" – and for good reason.

With his running ability, pass catching skills and defensive tenaciousness, the speedy Green can quickly change the outcome of a game.

The junior did it over and over against visiting Pleasant Grove on Saturday in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal at Burbank High School.

Green rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and had two timely interceptions as the No. 2-seeded Titans held off the No. 10 Eagles 32-27 in a battle of respected rivals.

The win advances the Titans (12-0) to Saturday's semifinals at Titan Stadium against No. 3 Oak Ridge (11-1), the same team that knocked Burbank out of the playoffs, 30-28, in the first round last season.

Green remembers that game well, having played an important role for the Titans as a sophomore.

"We need some redemption because Oak Ridge beat us up at our home last year," Green said. "We're hungry now."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Green had an appetite for big plays Saturday.

He rushed for 110 yards and scored the Titans' first touchdown on a 49-yard burst around left end in which he broke a couple of tackles, then tip-toed along the sideline to stay in bounds. He also scored Burbank's last touchdown on a diving catch of a 16-yard pass from quarterback Ernest Jenkins.

But Green's most spectacular play came early in the third quarter, just after Burbank took a 26-14 lead on a 61-yard touchdown dash by Jenkins.

With the ball on Burbank's 43-yard line on first down and the aggressive Titans expecting a run play, Pleasant Grove quarterback Deaundre Terrell sent a long spiral soaring toward Esley Simmons, all alone behind the Titans' defense.

But the ball bounced off Simmons' hands and popped into the air. As the junior wide receiver appeared about to grab his deflection, Green, running at a full sprint, reached in and got his hands on the ball as the two wrestled each other into the end zone.

"I got a bead on it," Green said. "I was fortunate to get there. But that's heart. We're taught never to give up."

Burbank coach John Heffernan said Green's hustle to make a play despite his initial embarrassment is indicative of why the Titans are having their best season in school history.

"When you go undefeated, you have to have some things bounce your way," Heffernan said. " … Calvin did a good job of wrestling him for it. That's the mentality of these kids. You don't give up on anything."

That touchdown-saving play proved important as Pleasant Grove (7-5) would fight back from an early 32-14 fourth-quarter deficit to make things tense for the Titans at the end.

After Pleasant Grove's Ian Broom scored on an 11-yard run with 9:03 to play, Terrell threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bias to close to within five points with 23 seconds remaining.

Pleasant Grove's onside kick attempt missed by less than a foot of going the required 10 yards, and the relieved Titans took a knee on the next play.

"In the course of a high school football game between two good teams there are plays that go one way or another," Pleasant Grove coach Joe Cattolico said. "They obviously made a couple more big plays than we did."

Burbank's Isaiah Williams rushed for 154 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown.

Division II

No. 1 Folsom 49, No. 9 Vacaville 13 in Folsom – Jake Browning passed for 380 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs (12-0) avenged a loss to the Bulldogs of Solano County (8-4) in last season's D-II championship game.

Browning, a sophomore, hit Troy Knox for scoring tosses of 19 and 13 yards and Josiah Deguara for 17 yards in the first half. In the second half, Browning found Trace Noble for touchdowns of 35 and 20 yards. Browning has passed for 4,527 yards and 55 touchdowns this season.

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