By Damin Esper
Archbishop Riordan High School got five touchdown passes from junior quarterback Zach Masoli on Saturday to secure a 48-32 non-league win over visiting St. Mary’s of Berkeley.
Masoli connected with seven receivers on his eight completions, with Kyle Craig the lone receiver to catch two balls – both for touchdowns. Other scores went to Joshua Christian, Mark Mulligan and Tre’ Gunter. Masoli also scored a rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
Gunter had a big day, rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown and catching a 12-yard pass for another score.
“We executed plays offensively, key assignments,” Gunter said. “We did everything we could to get in that end zone. Our blockers were executing their blocks, going through the gaps. [They] made big holes for me to make big plays.”
Riordan (2-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead, scoring three touchdowns in the final 6:10 of the first quarter.
St. Mary’s (0-2) fought back to cut the lead to 28-18 at halftime, but never really threatened in the second half. The Panthers failed to get a first down in the first quarter, but ended up with 23 for the game.
Aiden Shockley was a workhorse for St. Mary’s. He carried the ball 35 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. As if that wasn’t enough, he also played almost every snap on defense at middle linebacker, recording four tackles, and handled the Panters’ punting and kicking duties.
Riordan scored first midway through the first quarter when Masoli connected with Mulligan for a 9-yard score. St. Mary’s went three-and-out on its next drive and it took the Crusaders only four plays – all runs – to make it 14-0, with Gunter scoring on a 16-yard run.
The Panthers went for a fourth-and-one play on their next possession, but Riordan’s Matt Solario and Arcelio Reybol sacked quarterback Kevin Flemer, setting up Riordan on the St. Mary’s 25-yard line.
Masoli threw a touchdown pass to Christian on the next play with 22 seconds left in the first quarter.
R: 6:10 – Mark Mulligan 9-yard pass from Zach Masoli (Angel Hernandez kick)
R: 2:23 – Tre’ Gunter 16-yard run (Hernandez kick)
R: 0:22 – Joshua Christian 25-yard pass from Masoli (Hernandez kick)
SM: 4:46 – Brostrom 13-yard pass from Kevin Flemer (kick failed)
SM: 2:27 – Aiden Shockley 4-yard run (conversion failed)
R: 1:43 – Gunter 12-yard pass from Masoli (Hernandez kick)
SM: 0:15 – Flemer 1-yard run (conversion failed)
R: 9:54 – Kyle Craig 7-yard pass from Masoli (Hernandez kick)
SM: 7:43 – Ian Bonde 10-yard pass from Flemer (Shockley run on conversion)
R: 3:18 – Masoli 1-yard run (kick failed)
R: 11:03 – Craig 21-yard pass from Masoli (Hernandez kick)
SM: 8:40 – James Jackson 11-yard pass from Flemer (conversion failed)