Village Christian hands Burroughs its first loss of the season

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The John Burroughs Bears suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the Village Christian Crusaders by the final score of 32-27. Two key plays in the second half were the difference for the Crusaders in the form of a punt return touchdown by senior Ryan Dellutri and an interception return touchdown by senior defensive back Braddock Kendrick to ice the game.

Burroughs had a 39-13 win over La Canada last week, while Village Christian came off a 51-7 win over Campbell Hall. This was one of the marquee matchups of week 4 as both teams were ranked 2nd and 3rd in the Valley Sports Telegram’s CIF Southern Section rankings. 

The 1st quarter started off on a good note for the Bears, as Ethan Hubbell got the scoring going for Burroughs with a pick 6, and then the Crusaders responded with a touchdown of their own as Chase Everett threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Delluriti. Burroughs ended the 1st quarter with a 7-6 lead over Villiage Christian. The 2nd quarter was an offensive display for both teams as senior Chris Kulikov of Burroughs threw 2 touchdowns to Alex Valenzuela. Village Christian responded with two touchdowns and kept the game close with Burroughs. The play of the night was when the Village Christian defense made a goal-line stop before halftime to keep the score close at 21-20 with the Bears headed into the locker room with the lead over the Crusaders.

The 2nd half was all Village Christian as they put the game away with a punt return touchdown by Ryan Dellutri along with a 4th quarter pick 6 by Braddock Kenrick. “It’s a good team win, the offense did things to keep us in the game, and the defense played a great 2nd half overall it’s a great team victory,” said Villiage Christian head coach Richard Broussard. He added that Chase Everett had a fantastic performance when asked about his sophomore quarterback’s performance but admitted that he could have done more for the team. “It was a tough loss, Village Christian is a well-coached team they made more plays than we did,” said Burroughs head coach Jesse Craven. Craven also admitted that the team has to fix a lot of problems heading into their bye week as league play is going to get tougher.

Both Burroughs and Villiage Christian will have bye weeks next week. The Villiage Christian Crusaders will play a road game in 2 weeks against Aquinas (San Bernardino) which will take place on Friday, September 29th with kick-off slated for 7 PM while the Burroughs Bears will host the Pasadena Bulldogs to begin Pacific League play also on the same day and at the same time.

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