In a game that had all the style and subtlety of a prison riot Friday night, Burroughs defeated Lompoc, 36-7, in a Northwestern Conference quarterfinal at Memorial Field in Burbank.
While the win Friday was easy, the way Burroughs ran up the score left Lompoc looking for a quick escape. Burroughs battered the Braves' defense throughout the game, with running back Danny Cusumano scoring three touchdowns and quarterback Jeff Barrett passing for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns to receiver Pat Lynch.
Burroughs (10-1-1) will face top-ranked Temple City (12-0) in Friday's semifinals. Temple City defeated Schurr, 45-7.
When Burroughs wasn't abusing Lompoc (8-4), it was hurting itself, taking 170 yards in penalties.
The game was marred by two fights in the fourth quarter as Burroughs continued to pass despite the lopsided score. Even with his team leading, 30-7, Burroughs Coach Bob Dunivant continued to call Barrett's number. Barrett threw seven of his 23 passes in the final period, long after the outcome was settled.
When Dunivant crossed the field after the game, a Lompoc assistant yelled, "I hope you guys got enough points."
Dunivant chose to ignore it.
"Who said football was nice?" he snapped when asked if his team was running up the score. "Do you have to be a nice person to play football?