Burroughs defeats La Canada 39-13

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Kyle Cremarosa Helmet Decal Photo Credit John Burroughs High School Football

The John Burroughs Bears came into week three unbeaten off back-to-back road wins against Fillmore, and St Genevieve The La Canada Spartans on the other hand, just suffered a 14-9 loss to Cantwell-Sacred Hart of Marry in Montebello. There was speculation that both Burroughs and La Canada wouldn’t have games this week because Burroughs’s originally scheduled home game against North Hollywood got canceled. La Canada’s initially scheduled home game against Santa Paula also got canceled. Jake Scozzola led the way for Burroughs with three touchdowns, two recieving and one rushing in the victory.

Prior to the game, there was a pregame ceremony an hour before kickoff honoring the life of Kyle Cremarosa who passed away on July 4th, of this year after a long-term illness at the age of 41. Cremarosa was a member of the John Burroughs High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 as he played football and basketball for the school. Cremarosa played wide receiver both in high school and in college, as he held the school record at Burroughs in career receiving touchdowns and was 6th all-time on Harvard’s football reception list where he attended college which he continued on with football. The team will wear helmet decals in Cremarosa’s honor for the 2023 season.“Kyle was one of our recognized hall of fame players for a reason as he did great things for the program and passed way too young,” said former Burroughs head football coach and current Athletic Director Keith Knoop. Towards the end of the ceremony, a moment of silence was held before pregame festivities continued. Knoop, who coached Cremarosa was one of the speakers in the pregame ceremony along with Robert Dos Remedios who was Cremarosa’s first varsity head coach at Burroughs. Seth Ornasky, who is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at College of the Canyons and is a close friend of Kyle, also spoke at the ceremony. “It was a great pre-game ceremony honoring Cremarosa,” said Burroughs Principal Kenny Knoop, “The turnout was great as the stands were full of people who loved and adored him, especially Kyle’s family and friends.” Many close friends and family members were in attendance including his wife Anna who also went to Burroughs with him, along with his 2 daughters Olivia(13), and Makena(7). Kyle’s mom Debbie and Dad Ed were also in attendance.

Burroughs got the scoring going in the 1st quarter as Chris Kulikov threw a touchdown pass to Jake Scozzola to make it a 6-0 game. The Bears continued to dominate in the 2nd quarter, as Kulikov recorded his 2nd touchdown pass of the contest to one of his other favorite targets in Ethan Hubbell which pushed the lead to 13-0 game. The Spartans responded with a touchdown of their own to cut the Bears lead to 13-7 after a Macky Plocher long touchdown pass to Alan Razzo. Burroughs added 2 more touchdowns in the 2nd quarter as Santiago Sanchez scored on a goal-line run, and Chris Kulikov threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Alex Valenzuela to send Burroughs into the half with a 26-7 lead over La Canada. Burroughs came out of halftime with momentum as Chris Kulikov threw his 3rd touchdown pass of the game to Jake Scozzola he ended up with 2 receiving touchdowns while also scoring another touchdown on the ground via the jet sweep.

The 4th quarter provided no offense for both teams, but senior defensive back Ryan Hernandez recorded an interception in front of their own endzone, and junior defensive lineman Peter Lingua got a sack as both of them put on a defensive display for the Bears in the final quarter of play. “It was our most complete game by far,” said Burroughs head coach Jesse Craven, “We still have a few things to clean up, we got a tough opponent next week against Villiage Christian.” He praised Jake Scozzola and Ethan Hubbell for stepping up when they needed to but also added that it was unfortunate that the touchdowns were called back on Scozzola and Hubbell. When asked if Burroughs won this game for the late Kyle Creamarosa, Craven said that not only do we dedicate this win to him but, they are honoring his memory for the entire season in every game they play regardless if they win or lose.

Burroughs improve their record to 4-0, while La Canada drops to 2-2. La Canada will take on Crescenta Valley(CV) on the road on Friday, September 15th at 7 PM at Glendale High School. Burroughs will host Village Christian on Thursday, September 14th at 7 PM.

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