By John Baker
MOUNTAIN VIEW – Without standout quarterback Zach Masoli and facing one of the largest football teams (in terms of both physical size and numbers) in the West Catholic Athletic League, Archbishop Riordan High School was at a decided disadvantage Friday night in a 48-14 road loss to St. Francis.
Riordan (3-5, 0-5) fans didn’t have much to cheer for, except for an excellent first quarter.
Riordan sophomore Jake Cochrane recovered a fumble at the St. Francis 26-yard line on the Lancers’ second play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Riordan went up 7-0 when quarterback Chris Hall burst straight through the line on a 26-yard keeper for a touchdown.
Cochrane recovered another fumble on the next St. Francis (4-4, 3-2) drive and things looked good for Riordan. But the Crusaders fumbled on the ensuing drive and the Lancers took advantage with a 30-yard pass from quarterback Mike Lauck to Austin Woodward.
After the first quarter, the rout was on. Lauck completed 25-of-39 passes, including four touchdowns, and Woodard pulled down 14 passes for 185 yards, as the Lancers scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, three in the third and one more in the fourth.
“It’s sort of our M.O. right now, to have a good first quarter, then tail off,” said Riordan head coach Richard Sweeney.” We’ve got good kids [and] they’re working hard. We’ve just got to keep building [and] keep coaching. We’ll get there.”
Hall, playing his first game at quarterback due to a hand injury to Masoli, completed 8-of-11 passes for 116 yards, but was also sacked five times.
“Hall did well,” Sweeney said. “We dropped a couple snaps, but he’s been our quarterback for three days. I’m very impressed with him. He threw some sharp balls.”
Riordan finally scored again with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter, when Hall connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Christian.
St. Francis was largely bottled up in the fourth quarter, as their deep bench (62 players dressed) got into the game. Riordan dressed 25 players.
“Hey, you play with 11,” Sweeney said. “We’ve just got to keep working to make sure the 11 on the field are doing what they’re supposed to do. Football’s a simple game made complex by coaches.”
Cochrane was Hall’s favorite target, catching four passes for 40 yards. Tré Gunter was Riordan’s leading rusher, with 14 carries for 22 yards.
R: 8:53 – Christian Hall 26-yard run (Angel Hernandez kick)
SF: 1:25 – Austin Woodard 9-yard pass from Mike Lauck (Patrick Fordham kick)
SF: 10:18 – Devin Hurtado 1-yard run (Fordham kick)
SF: 4:56 – Woodard 36-yard pass from Lauck (Fordham kick)
SF: 9:09 – Bryce Carbonel 8-yard pass from Lauck (Fordham kick)
SF: 5:35 – Charlie Clark 12-yard pass from Lauck (Fordham kick)
SF: 0:32 – Austin Martin 12-yard fumble recovery (kick failed)
SF: 10:17 – Martin Sanchez 10-yard run (Fordham kick)
R: 4:22 – Joshua Christian 30-yard pass from Hall (Hernandez kick)