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November 15, 2014



Just to finish the 2014 story, here is the summary of Friday's game from the Times:

APTOS -- It will be another Aptos-St. Ignatius matchup in the Central Coast Section Division III final.

Defending champion Aptos, which knocked off St. Ignatius in the 2013 final, advanced with a 29-6 win over Burlingame, which had its season come to an end in the CCS semifinals for the second consecutive year.

"We're knocking on the door," Burlingame coach John Philipopoulos said. "Next year we've got to knock the darn door down."

The Panthers (10-2) had to play its most important game of the year without Griffin Intrieri, the team's 1,000-yard running back. Intrieri injured an ankle last week in Burlingame's 21-7 win over Aragon in the quarterfinals. Fullback Laipeli Palu did all he could to try to make up for Intrieri's absence, carrying 23 times for 138 yards.

"He wouldn't go down," Mariners coach Randy Blankenship said. "He's the best back we faced all year. Big heart. Too bad (Intrieri) wasn't in there."

But Palu, a 215-pound junior, felt little solace in his performance.

"It's the loss that gets to me," Palu said. " I wish I could play another game with Griffin, another game with all the seniors. I love all of them."


The 2018 story has a story-book ending:

The Burlingame football team, in the Central Coast Section Division IV championship game against Peninsula Athletic League rival Carlmont Saturday night in Redwood City, had 189 yards rushing — its lowest total since a 133-yard performance in a 33-12 win over Hillsdale Oct. 12.

But the Panthers threw for 132 yards and three touchdowns, their most since 147-yard effort in a 27-26 win over Half Moon Bay Sept. 21.

Add in another dominant defensive performance and it added up to Burlingame winning its first CCS title since 2004, a 38-0 shellacking of the Scots.



Here's some info from John Horgan about the most unusual Little Big Game ever:

The pandemic has altered the course of our normal lives in so many ways it’s hard to know where to begin to list them all. But another one looms this week. The 93rd Little Big Game will be played at night for the first time in memory.

But this Friday’s 7 p.m. game will mark a major departure in that tradition in a number of ways. For starters, the crowd, typically 3,000 or more, will be severely limited to adhere to the district’s pandemic protocol.

There will be no marching bands, no snack shacks, no large reunion events, no rallies, no dances, none of the typical hoopla that surrounds this hoary contest. In fact, it is actually the pandemic-delayed 2020 version of the Little Big Game that was scheduled to be played last November but wasn’t.

It’s important to point out that the LBG is more than a high school football encounter on the Peninsula. It has become an enduring institution, a community rallying point that goes back generations.


I like that last sentence. It would be great to hear John's announcing on the stadium PA audible all over the southern part of town.

Just Sayin'

Horgan is mostly a football guy and that's OK. If he really wanted to highlight a big FIRST in Burlingame sports he should have written about the LBG and the traditional Serra vs. Burlingame baseball game that is playing at the same time tomorrow night on the ballfield. We will never see this again. Hell we may not even see it tomorrow. What is the admission policy for the LBG? You can watch the baseball game easier.


Here is a great write-up about a great game. Well done, Panthers. Not many vs. Serra games go this well :-)


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