Football: Riordan outlasts St. Mary’s to win shootout in home opener

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.

Scoring Summary

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)

Second Quarter
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)

Third Quarter
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)

Fourth Quarter
R: 11:03 – Craig 21-yard pass from Masoli (Hernandez kick)
SM: 8:40 – James Jackson 11-yard pass from Flemer (conversion failed)

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6 Comments

  1. CityKid says:

    Riordan took a huge lead into the half and similar to last years game, let St Mary’s back into the game after the half. Depth could be an issue for them with starters seeming to cramp up every game. Nice INT late by #20 Marci to seal the game for the Crusaders. Guessing they’ll need more from those type of reserves.

  2. wcalsf says:

    Nice win for the Crusaders. SM RB was a workhorse and never slowed down. Will be interesting to see how the Crusaders handle Mission’s QB Porter and ex-crusader RB McFarland.

  3. wcalsf says:

    Very to cool to have Pat Olson call the Riordan game on the radio stream along with coach Oross providing the color commentary.

  4. JoJo says:

    Another win for the boys on Phelan. Way to go Crusaders. Enjoyed listening to the game on the new radio feature and hearing Mr Daly speak at halftime.

  5. Big guy 24 says:

    Good win for these kids, they are learning that hard work pays off. Mission will be a good test but the WCAL is a beast in itself. Good job boys! Congrats

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