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Quaterback no. 9, Talon Mather, carries the ball down field with a Sultana defender on his heals. / Laura Austin Photo

The Burros lose to Sultana 55-13, celebrate Senior Night

Burroughs High School Susie Burgess–The Burroughs Burros Varsity Football team (1-7) looks to secure its first league win this Friday in an away game against the Hesperia Scorpions  (3-5) after falling 55-13 to the Sultana Sultans (5-3) on Senior Night.  

No. 2 Joseph Buckam takes a flying leap and successfully dislodges the ball from a Sultana players hands. / Laura Austin Photo

The Burros’ points came during the first half of the game beginning with their first possession, with Talen Mather scoring a rushing touchdown from the Sultans’ 3-yard line.  Sophomore Jesus Garcia scored the extra point, putting the Burros ahead 7-0 midway through the first quarter. The Sultans responded in the second quarter with 37 unanswered points before Mather found the endzone again with an 18-yard pass to Steven Olmos. The Sultans blocked the extra point before scoring again, leaving the score 43-13 at the half. The Burros’ offensive efforts were similarly frustrated in the second half.

No. 13 Steven Olmos makes a dash for a touchdown. / Laura Austin Photo

As the Burros’ final home game, Senior Night gave fans the opportunity to recognize the school’s senior football players, cheerleaders, band and color guard members.  

Cheerleaders include Lauren Chaco, Lenae Lugo, Olivia Haas, Ariana Jones, and Dierra Lyons. 

Band and color guard are Lezly Albro, Wyatte Anderson, Jessie Bell, Laura Bradford, Amaya Raza Cerutti, Andrea Gonzalez, Araina Jones, Bethany Mouw, Olivia Patin, Kai Quinata, Nick Slivka, Sean Sullivan, Mackenzie Szpynda, Genevieve Vogel, and Thomas Wonnacott. 

Senior players are Ezra Tate, Braeden Venhaus, Steven Olmos, Conner Auld, Danny Griffith, Shayne Rutland, Devin Fitzpatrick, Orlando Montemayor, Landen Moore, and Robert Mosley-Mitchell. 

Olmos was pleased to score during his last on-field appearance beneath Burroughs’ Friday Night Lights. 

“I know that we were down, but me not having scored the whole season and then doing that just felt like weight off my shoulders, like I had accomplished a season set goal and now I’m onto the next,” he said.

As the team prepares to face the Scorpions this Friday and Apple Valley the following week, Olmos is staying focused. 

“I hope we keep our heads up strong heading into these games,” he said. “It’s not all about winning, but about going out there and doing it for us and the team.”