By Bill Paterson
Burbank 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 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 five of eight 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 (9-2) 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 and interception 37 yards did a score and Tommy Armold passed for 100 yards and ran for 48.
Grant 52, Downey 14 in Del Paso Heights - 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) from Modesto. Grant rushed for 415 yards, including 108 by Green and 95 from 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 for 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 of offense.
Folsom 50, Lincoln 13 in Folsom -- Jake Browning tossed 6 touchdown passes, coming within three of the state record and one of his own Northern California record, as the Bulldogs (11-0) cruised over the Trojans (4-7) from Stockton Will McClure hauled in three of Browning's TD passes (4, 30 and 8 yards). Browning, who finished 38-of-45 passing for 455 yards has 62 touchdown passes, one short of his own school and NorCal record of 63 set last season. Robert De La Cruz, Cathedral-Los Angeles, holds the state record of 65.
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 pass reception for a touchdown; 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 Section D-I title game.
Franklin 44, Pitman 27 at Sheldon - Joey Banks scored four times, three on runs and a fumble recovery, as the Wildcats rolled the Pride of Turlock. Franklin now takes on top-seeded Folsom.
Jesuit 49, Merced 39 in Merced - Jason Elenberger had 266 yards passing and threw three touchdown passes, two to Isaiah Bailey, and rushed for 112 yards and two more in leading the Marauders (8-3) past the Bears (8-3). Ben Parietti rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. Austin Gates had three catches for 92 yards and eight tackles, Anthony Geremia a fumble recovery and Kent Presson an interception.
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)
American Canyon 42, El Dorado 26 at American Canyon - Jeremiah Romero's 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown wasn't enough for the Cougars (6-5) against the top-seeded Wolves (10-1).
Center 34, Modesto Christian 0 in Antelope - Tyrell Anderson returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt return 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 in Rosemont - Todd Valliere caught a 46-yard touchdown pass and rushed for two touchdowns as the Hillmen (6-5) defeated the Cougars (9-2).
Colfax 42, Sierra 37 in Colfax - Michael Wilson threw three touchdown passes, including a 97-yarder to Chaz Resinger and Tim Rawlins rushed for three touchdowns as the Falcons (9-2) topped the Timberwolves (7-4).
The Bee's Joe Davidson and correspondents Trevor Horn and Ron Hender contributed to this report.