Burbank High School had its best season in school history last year.
The Titans went 10-0 in the regular season, won their third consecutive Metro Conference title and beat rival Grant and Pleasant Grove in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
But then Oak Ridge stopped the Titans 24-6 in the semifinals, with Burbank’s players vowing to do better in 2013.
While this season’s 9-2 record isn’t quite as impressive – the Titans had nonleague losses to Pleasant Grove and Grant – they still have speed to thrill.
The Titans, now playing in Division II, put their talents on full display Friday night in beating visiting Will C. Wood of Vacaville 61-28 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Among the highlights:• Harrison Anderson scored four touchdowns, two by pass and two by rush, and had two interceptions.
• Benji Jones rushed for 278 yards, including touchdowns of 70 and 87 yards, on 18 carries.
• Quarterback Ernest Jenkins completed 5 of 8 passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and a 47-yard touchdown.
• Washington State-bound Calvin Green ran for a 38-yard score, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and had an interception.
• Burbank (9-2) forced Wood (7-4) into seven turnovers, including six interceptions. In addition to those by Anderson and Green, Ken Brown, Esteban Bravo and Keyshawn Ates had interceptions. DeQuan Rogers had a fumble recovery.
The only glaring downside for the Titans, who face Elk Grove in the next round, was 22 penalties for 215 yards.
In other Division II games:
Del Oro 63, River Valley 9 in Loomis – Trey Udoffia caught 49- and 42-yard touchdown passes from Michael Moore and Dylan Kainrath rushed for two touchdonws as the top-seeded Golden Eagles (9-3) beat the Falcons (6-5).
Elk Grove 42, Atwater 7 at Elk Grove – Wadus Parker rushed for 178 yards on 35 carries and four touchdowns as the Thundering Herd (10-1) belted the Falcons (6-5). Shaunard Harts returned an interception 37 yards for a score, and Tommy Armold passed for 100 yards and ran for 48.
Grant 52, Downey 14 at Grant – Donovan Brown completed 7 of 11 passed for 146 yards and hit Arioyon Huff for two touchdowns as the Pacers (8-3) rolled the Knights (7-4) of Modesto. Grant rushed for 415 yards, including 108 by Green and 95 by Deandre Whittington-Grays.
Yuba City 34, St. Mary’s-Stockton 28 in Yuba City – Alex Inskeep’s 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown helped the Honkers (10-1) defeat the Rams (7-4).
Vacaville 26, Rocklin 20 in Vacaville – A last-second interception by Drew Chitwood ended a late Thunder (7-4) drive as the Bulldogs (8-3) held on for the win. Chad Hekking’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Donaldson in the third quarter was the difference for Vacaville. Evyn Holtz led Rocklin with 87 rushing yards and Logan Webb ran for a touchdown and threw for another but was picked off twice.
Rio Linda 34, Antelope 0 in Rio Linda – Marcel Brown rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and the Knights (10-1) held the Titans (7-4) to 74 total yards.
Folsom 50, Lincoln 13 in Folsom – Jake Browning tossed six touchdown passes, coming within one of the single-season state record, as the Bulldogs (11-0) cruised over the Trojans (4-7) of Stockton. Will McClure hauled in scoring passes of 4, 30 and 8 yards. Browning, who finished 38 of 45 passing for 455 yards, nearly threw for seven scores but had one possible score fumbled away and threw an interception trying for another score. Browning tied former Folsom star Dano Graves’ school and Northern California record of 62 touchdowns. Robert De La Cruz of Los Angeles Cathedral holds the state record of 63.
Oak Ridge 31, Napa 7 in El Dorado Hills – Ian Book threw three touchdown passes, two to Trent Buenzli, to lead the Tojans (10-1) over the Indians (6-5).
Pleasant Grove 48, Modesto 12 in Modesto – Dre Terrell completed 7 of 10 passes and had four touchdown passes, Esley Simmons returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and had a 47-yard reception for a score, Wyatt Demps returned a punt 73 yards for a score and caught two touchdown passes, and Ian Broom rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries as the Eagles (9-2) defeated the Panthers (7-4).
Granite Bay 58, Tokay 12 in Lodi – The two-time defending D-I champion Grizzlies rolled behind Luke Bussey, who returned the opening kickoff for a score, and Josh Neal, who tossed three touchdown passes. Granite Bay next plays Oak Ridge in a rematch of the 2012 D-I title game.
Franklin 44, Pitman 27 at Sheldon – Joey Banks scored four times, on three runs and a fumble return, as the Wildcats (8-3) rolled the Pride (7-4) of Turlock. Franklin now takes on top-seeded Folsom.
Christian Brothers 54, Pacheco 20 at Hughes Stadium – Chris Guillen threw touchdown passes of 79 and 35 yards to Mason Stahley and Erik Bloomquist, respectively, and he also rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Falcons (8-3) over the Panthers (7-4)
Center 34, Modesto Christian 0 at Antelope – Tyrell Anderson returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 60 yards for a score, and Joe Swen rushed for three touchdowns as the Cougars (8-3) coasted past the Crusaders (6-5).
Placer 34, Capital Christian 14 at Capital Christian – Todd Valliere caught a 46-yard touchdown pass and rushed for two scores as the Hillmen (6-5) defeated the Cougars (9-2).