By Lamonte Dewindt
SAN MATEO – If Archbishop Riordan High School’s football team was encouraged by a relatively close loss to Bellarmine last week, those feelings quickly faded on the road against Serra on Friday night.
The Crusaders allowed 325 yards and five touchdowns by five different Serra runners, while being shutout by the Padres’ defense, in a disappointing 56-0 West Catholic Athletic League loss on Friday night.
Riordan (3-2, 0-2) failed to stop Serra (5-0, 2-0) on its first three possessions of the game and dug itself a 28-0 hole after the first quarter.
“To be honest with you, it wasn’t about X’s and O’s,” said Riordan head coach Richard Sweeney. “It’s about people. They [have] better people right now than we have. It doesn’t really matter what the X’s and O’s were.”
While the Riordan defense struggled all night, the offense did little to help.
The Crusaders either punted or turned the ball over on each of their four first-quarter possessions and finished the game with just 137 yards of total offense.
Riordan junior quarterback Zach Masoli finished with 38 yards and two interceptions on 4-of-19 passing, and rushed for 48 yards on 10 carries, but constantly had to scramble due to pressure Serra brought up the middle.
“Masoli is a slippery kid man. He’s like the Teflon [quarterback] back there,” said Serra head coach Pat Walsh. “He moved the chains a few times, but I thought when we cleared up our angles a little bit and flattened out, it allowed us to get them off the field.”
At the beginning of the second half, with the crusaders trailing 49-0, Sweeney was asked by referees to finish the game with a running clock and declined, but agreed for the clock to run in the fourth quarter.
“The refs asked me about it at the beginning of the second quarter and I said, ‘No, we have to keep playing,’” Sweeney said. “But as we kept seeing players get knocked out of the game, we have to live to fight another day.”
S: 8:20 – Eric Redwood 9-yard run (Anthony Toms kick)
S: 3:02 – Kava Cassidy 25-yard pass from Zack Kazakoff (Toms kick)
S: 2:33 – Vince Camp 30-yard interception return (Toms kick)
S: 0:02 – Angelo Arco 35-yard run (Toms kick)
S: 11:22 – Greg Newbeck 14-yard run (Toms kick)
S: 10:07 – Easop Winston 45 yard punt return (Toms kick)
S: 2:03 – Jordan Jauregui 5 yard run (Toms kick)
S: 5:36 – Cassidy 21-yard run (Toms kick)