Burroughs Football kicks off the 2023 Season with a 28-0 Win over Harvard Westlake


The Burroughs Bears got the 2023 season started off on the right foot as they beat Harvard Westlake by the final score of 28-0. Both Burroughs and Harvard Westlake met last season which resulted in a 39-14 loss for the Bears. They got their revenge on the Wolverines in the season opener under the lights on Friday Night at Memorial Field. The Burroughs Bears start the season 1-0 while the Harvard Westlake Wolverines drop to 0-1.

Senior quarterback Chris Kulikov got the scoring started in the 1st quarter, as he scored the game’s first touchdown which resulted in an 8-yard rushing touchdown to make it a 7-0 lead for Burroughs. Senior wide receiver’s Ryan Hernandez and Ethan Hubbell both helped set up the game’s first score.

Going into the 2nd quarter, the Bears continued their offensive dominance as senior wide receiver Jake Scozzola caught a 21-yard touchdown from Kulikov to make it a 14-0 game. On the following possession, Ryan Hernandez hauled in an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it a 21-0 game. The Bears scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter and carried the momentum into halftime with a 21-point lead.

The Bears came out of the half with momentum on their side as senior tight end Alex Valenzuela caught a 9-yard receiving touchdown to make it 28-0 for the Bears which was the only score in the 3rd quarter.

The 4th quarter didn’t provide a lot of offense for both teams, but junior defensive lineman Rocco Mellio recorded a 7-yard sack on Harvard Westlake’s starting quarterback Aaryan Mehoi Williams.

Burroughs head coach Jesse Craven shared his thoughts on his team’s performance versus the game last season, “It was a totally different situation, I wouldn’t compare the two, our guys played tough in certain situations and we have a lot to improve on.”

Harvard Westlake’s head coach Aaron Huerta shared his thoughts on the team’s shutout loss to Burroughs, “We can’t win football games when we make mistakes as we made a lot of them tonight.” He went on to say, that Aaryan Mehoi Williams made some good throws and that, he has to protect the ball and not commit turnovers.

The Burroughs Bears will hit the road for a 2 game road trip, as they will take on Fillmore High School next Friday, August 25th, at 7 PM followed by a date with St Genevieve(Paronarama City) on Friday, September 1st at La Valley College to kick off September. Their next home game will happen on Friday, September 8th against North Hollywood at 7 PM. On that day, there will be a pregame ceremony honoring a Hall of Fame player on the Burroughs football program, Kyle Cremarosa who passed away on July 4th, 2023 after a long term illness. Harvard Westlake will play their home opener on Friday, August 25th, against Venice High School in Los Angeles at 7 PM.

Kenny Knoop Left(Former Burroughs Football Defensive Coordinator now Principal at John Burroughs High School) Keith Knoop(Former Head Coach of the JBHS Football Program now Athletic Director) pose for a picture at halftime: Photo Credit: Lorenzo Antonio
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