Burroughs beats Pasadena 62-0 to kick off Pacific League play
The John Burroughs Bears kicked off Pacific League play with a 62-0 win over the Pasadena Bulldogs as Chris Kulikov threw three touchdown passes in the first half, along with a 78-yard kick return touchdown for Noah Frenkel to contribute to the shutout win. Heading into league play, Pasadena was coming off a 51-0 loss to Colony High School in Ontario, while Burroughs came off a 32-27 loss to Village Christian. Both teams had bye weeks last week. When these two programs squared off last season, Padena took the win 48-14. Former Pasadena defensive coordinator and current Burroughs assistant head football coach/defensive coordinator Ron Jones shared his thoughts on facing his former team, “I was there last year, alot of the guys are new but, I know alot of the JV kids.”
The Bears put up 21 points in the first quarter as running back Noah Frenkel got the scoring going with an 8-yard touchdown run to put the Bears up 7-0. Chris Kulikov also got 2 rushing touchdowns on a 4 yard QB keeper and a goal-line run. Kulikov also threw 2 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter; one to Jake Sczoola, along with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Alex Valenzuela. The 2nd half began with a bang as Noah Frenkel recorded a 78-yard kick return touchdown to start the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter, sophomore wide receiver Jayden Valle caught a receiving touchdown from backup quarterback Rocco Mellio to make the score 55-0 over the Bears. Sophomore Elijah Ware capped off the scoring for the Bears with a goal-line touchdown run to push the advantage to 62-0. “It was exactly what we needed we wanted to bounce back after the bye week, and to start Pacific League play the right way,” said Burroughs head coach Jesse Craven. Craven went on to say that Chris Kulikov had a great game throwing the football and that Noah Frenkel had a great kick return for a touchdown.
Burroughs improves to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in Pacific League play while, Pasadena drops to 0-6 overall, 0-1 in Pacific League play. The Burroughs Bears will have a road contest next Friday night October 6th at 7 PM against the John Muir Mustangs of Pasadena while Pasadena will play a home game with Arcadia on the same day and same time. Burroughs will be on the road for the next 2 weeks as they will play Muir and Arcadia while their next home game will be on Friday, October 20th at 7 PM against the Crescenta Valley Falcons as senior night for both the football and cheer programs will take place before kick-off.