Thursday, July 23, 2015

Semipro football: Josh Burnett shines in 33-6 Piranha victory

(Photo: Samuel Getty)
Josh Burnett only needed 12 seconds to break open Saturday’s semipro football game in Lititz.

Burnett, who played football at Frankford High School in Philadelphia, returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a score to give the Central Penn Piranha an early 7-0 lead over the Garden State Gladiators at Warwick High School last weekend.

Central Penn never looked back, cruising to a 33-6 win and 2-0 record.

“Josh had a fumble last week, but he’s a young kid so we decided to keep him in there to try to build his confidence,” team co-owner and head coach Tom Laubach said after the game. “And he came through.

“That was a heck of a play — it really set the tone for the game.”

Burnett was later thrust into the game at running back in the fourth quarter due to injuries. He responded by rushing seven times for 47 yards (6.7 yards per carry).

It’s safe to assume fans will be seeing more of Burnett as CPP’s season rolls on.

Up next for the Piranha is a road game against the South Jersey Bengals on Saturday. Their next home game will be played at Warwick High School against the Lehigh Valley Storm on Saturday, Aug. 1.