The Red Devils couldn’t get the job done at Fred Green Memorial Field in Melrose on Friday.
Burlington marched down the field on their first drive, where quarterback Ronan Noke ran it in to give the Devils the first score of the evening making it 7-0. Melrose quickly tied up the score as quarterback Trevor Botto threw it to wide receiver Rob Colozzo for a fifty eight yard touchdown pass.
Burlington gained a good amount of yards on the next drive as Melrose was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty resulting in an additional fifteen yards for the Devils. Burlington and Melrose ended the first quarter with a tied score of 7-7. Noke continued the drive in the second quarter with a handoff to running back Adam Eldeeb who gave the Red Devils the lead again 14-7.
Melrose suffered a three and out on their next drive, however when the Red Raiders punted the ball back to Burlington the returner fumbled it and Melrose recovered. Botto was pressured on the drive as he was sacked and then intercepted by Red Devils cornerback Aman Hirani. Burlington’s momentum was wearing down as the offensive line allowed the Red Raiders to sack Ronan Noke five times, twice by Zack Federico in the second and fourth, Dom Delgado and Rob Colozzo in the third and Braden Marceau-Olayinka in the fourth.
The Red Raiders scored an additional four touchdowns in the game, one in the second, one in the third by Shea Fogarty and two by Rob Colozzo in the third and fourth quarters. Melrose was unsuccessful on two extra point attempts and missed a field goal attempt as well. The Red Devils defense made a few quarterback sacks in the game, with one in the second and two others in the fourth.
Melrose ended the game with a knee as they defeated the Red Devils 33-14. Burlington drops to (0-7) on the season and will face the Stoneham Spartans on Friday.