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August 31, 2013In a matchup of NCP Top 20 teams, Burbank jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 35-9 win over Napa. Quarterback Ernest Jenkins led the way with 167 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans now look ahead to No. 4 Pleasant Grove this week.
Burbank is built on speed and they have it everywhere. The Titans' stable of backs all have the ability to go the distance every time they touch the ball. Their defensive line is strong and pursues the ball well. The secondary covers the entire field and help in run support. One player to keep an eye on is junior Harrison Anderson, who ran for a 57 yard touchdown. The Titans only dress 31 players so they could be susceptible if an injury takes away a major contributor.
Napa counts on controlling the ball on the ground behind an experienced offensive line, but couldn't gain traction against Burbank's big, athletic front. The Indians also gave up numerous big plays to Burbank. Napa will open its home schedule next week against Paradise, which is a top team from the Northern Section and held an early two touchdown lead on Friday against Grant before falling 33-14.
Calvin Green 5-foot-10, 175 pounds RB/DB Burbank (2014): Committed to Washington State, Green had a very solid all around game. Green took a handoff on the first offensive play 70 yards for a touchdown only to have it called back for an infraction behind the play. Green is a very elusive runner and makes people miss in the open field. Green makes up for his slightness of build with a great burst and reads blocks well. At the next level he will need to be more decisive and do less dancing as the competition stiffens. Green defended several passes in the secondary, recovered a fumble and forced the Indians to punt away from him. Green has the ability to make big plays whenever he touches the ball and must be game planned for, which frees up the other running options for the Titans. He is expected to be a wide receiver for head coach Mike Leech and Washington State.
Printess Johnson 6-foot-4, 275 pounds OL/DL Burbank (2014): Johnson, who committed to Sacramento State over the summer, is a very steady and sound player on both lines. On offense, Johnson plays tackle and offers backside protection on plays away as well as strength at the point of attack. On defense he plays defensive end on the strong side and showed the ability to hold up when ran at and run down plays going away. Defense looks to be his future at Sacramento State.
Braden Eggert 6-foot-7, 315 pounds OT Napa: The Napa senior is a physical specimen, but didn't appear to dominate as you would think he should. Going up against Johnson much of the night, the scheme to shield him and get to the second level failed as Johnson was able to make plays from the back side. Once Napa fell behind and could not generate a running threat, it made his job very difficult as the Titans teed off in their pursuit. Eggert is a 3-star recruit and a Washington State commit.
Feaomoengalu Tapa 6-foot-3, 275 pounds DT Burbank: Possibly one of the biggest recruiting sleepers in NorCal, Tapa was a beast from the opening snap. Tapa plays the 3-technique and flops to the strong side along with running mate Johnson. He is a load to move in the running game and was relentless in his pressure on passing plays. He looks to be lighter and much quicker than he was at the end of last year.
"We can't get him blocked in practice and disrupts everything we try," Burbank coach John Heffernan said on Tapa.
The 3-star defensive lineman has offers Hawaii and Arizona and is clearly in line for more. Tapa was the best player on the field tonight.