As the calendar hits November, the Panther football team is preparing to make a strong drive toward a Central Coast Section (CCS) title. Coming off a dominant 38-7 win over rival San Mateo, which extended Burlingame’s win streak to seven and preserved their undefeated home record, the No. 2-seeded Peninsula Athletic League Ocean champion Panthers hosted a 6-4 Mountain View team on Friday, Nov. 16. The Panthers expect to host the winner of Santa Clara versus Overfelt on Friday, Nov. 23. If they win in the semifinals, they will likely face an undefeated Independence team, which will pose severe match-up problems all around.
“We haven't had high pressure games like this before. In the regular season, it is not great to lose, but you can bounce back the next week. In the playoffs, if you lose the season, it’s over. Also, the quality of play is better. Also, they will try their hardest because they want to win very badly, too,” junior team manager Will Pereira said.
The Panthers’ offensive and defensive lines have thus far gotten by with the help of star seniors Noah Lavulo and Dylan Neeley, but Independence’s immense size and depth in the trenches will be difficult to overcome. An appearance in the CCS championship game would mark Burlingame’s third since 1972, while a win would hand Burlingame its second CCS football banner in school history.
“It would be a huge deal if we win CCS. We get to hang a banner and show everyone that Burlingame football is good and a big deal. It will help the community. It will make people proud to go to Burlingame High School,” Pereira said.