Burroughs beats Crescenta Valley 28-7 behind Chris Kulikov's 4 passing touchdown night

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The John Burroughs Bears were victorious on Friday night as they beat the Crescenta Valley Falcons 28-7 behind the 4 passing touchdown performance by Chris Kulikov. Kulikov threw three touchdown passes to Jake Scozzola and then the other went to Ethan Hubbell. Scozzola recorded receiving touchdowns in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th quarters while Hubbell got one in the 4th which resulted in a 43-yard score.

This was the Valley Sports Telegram Southern Section game of the week, as Burroughs was ranked 2nd and Crescenta Valley was ranked 3rd in the power list. Prior to Friday night’s marquee Pacific League showdown. Burroughs was fresh off a 41-7 win over Arcadia last Thursday while Crescenta Valley came off a dominant 38-8 win over Pasadena last Friday. With the victory on Friday night for the Bears, they clinched a share of the Pacific League title which is their first since 2015, but Burroughs can clinch the Pacific League title alone with a win against rival Burbank next Friday night.

Prior to kickoff, the graduating seniors from the John Burroughs High School football, cheer, marching band, and dance programs were celebrated in a pregame ceremony as 23 football and 19 cheer seniors were honored with their families and close friends. Captains Ethan Hubbell, Ryan Hernandez, Jake Scozzola, Alex Valenzuela, Brody Beebe, and Santiago Sanchez headlined the largest senior class from the football program while Alyssa Allen, Natalie Kesaryan, and Korie Martin headlined the 19 seniors from the cheer squad. “This year is very special to me as the JBHS cheer coach because I spent 4 years with some of those seniors,” said Burroughs head cheer coach Tristen Navarro. Navaro also added that the 19 seniors are some of the hardest-working group of athletes whom she had the pleasure of coaching. After football ends, Burroughs cheer will continue its season with competitions on November 18th, in Anaheim, then 2 competitions in December, and 3 in January with the final one being in February. At the same time, they will also be performing at basketball games beginning in December.

On the gridiron, Burroughs got the scoring going as Kulikov threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Scozzola for the only score of the 1st quarter. The play of the night happened in the 1st quarter when Ryan Hernandez stripped a fumble off of CV’s Chandler Throne in front of their defending end zone which prevented a long receiving touchdown for the Falcons. While there was no scoring in the 2nd quarter for the Bears and Falcons, Burroughs headed into the halftime break with a 7-0 over Crescenta Valley.

The Falcons began the scoring in the 2nd half when Bjorn Hermansen went 75 yards on the opening kickoff return for a touchdown to tie the game at 7. The Bears responded with a touchdown of their own as Jake Scozzola recorded his 2nd receiving touchdown of the game from Chris Kulikov. The 4th quarter was all Bears as Ethan Hubbell and Jake Scozzola put the game away as they both helped Chris Kulikov with 4 of his passing touchdowns.

“Our offensive line came alive in the end, as we were able to run the clock effectively but Jake and Chris put an exclamation point to ice the game but hats off go to our o-line,” said Burroughs head coach Jesse Craven. Craven went on to say that senior night was a special night for the over 20 seniors on the Burroughs football program and mentioned that they’ve meant everything to the program.

The Burroughs Bears improve their record to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in Pacific League play as they are still in 1st place alone ahead of Muir, while the Crescenta Valley Falcons drop their record to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in Pacific League play. Burroughs will take on league rival Burbank in the 75th annual homecoming game at Memorial Field next Friday, October 27th, at 7 PM. The Bears will be the designated visiting team with homecoming court celebrations from both schools will take place prior to the game. The Crescenta Valley Falcons will host Arcadia at Moyse Field (Glendale High School) on the same day and same time.