By Josh Levine
The visiting Valley Christian football team rattled off 410 yards of total offense, including 387 on the ground, to defeat Riordan 45-0 in the West Catholic Athletic league finale for both teams on Saturday.
Valley Christian running backs Ryan Severson and Kirk Johnson combined for five touchdowns and 292 yards on the ground for the Warriors (4-6, 2-5), which have lost five WCAL games by a combined 28 points.
“Severson put up 281 yards against Bellarmine and we’ve put up 2,000 yards in rushing this season, and that was with him on a bad foot,” said Valley Christian head coach Mike Machado. “We’re still a very young team. We do lose Severson to graduation, but 15 of our 22 starters will be returning next year. Today was how we usually are offensively, but our defense had a great effort out there.”
The Crusaders (3-7, 0-7) were held to just 177 yards of total offense, but much of it came with Valley Christian’s first-team defense out of the game. Riordan only managed to get in the red zone once.
“The WCAL has been tough for us, but we won the first three games of the year, which is something this program hasn’t seen in a while,” said Riordan head coach Richard Sweeney. “We beat some good teams and we need to keep working, even with our numbers being so small. Our [junior varsity] program is a nice group and our freshman went 7-2 this year, so there [are] a lot of bright things to look forward to with Riordan football.”
Brett Hausmann, a senior quarterback for Valley Christian, got his first action of the season in the fourth quarter on Riordan’s grass field. Hausmann, who is allergic to an element of the artificial turf that most teams now use for fields, has been unable to play in the previous nine games of the season due to the allergy.
“He’s a tremendous athlete and leader,” said Machado “He’s lost two sports to the turf, but he still comes to practice and works hard. He leaves practice with blisters and things all over his feet from the allergies, but works hard. It was great for him and the guys to see him on the field.”
Even though the season ended with the Crusaders’ 17th straight WCAL loss, Sweeney made sure to mention that on-field accomplishments are not the only factors that define the Riordan football program.
“It’s not just a win on the scoreboard that matters,” Sweneey said. “It’s about winning in the classroom, at home and getting guys to graduate. That’s all a part of winning and keeps us on track with our goals as a program for Riordan.”
VC: 11:12 – Ryan Severson 10-yard run (Kody Kroenig kick)
VC: 10:17 – Kirk Johnson 6-yard run (Kroenig kick)
VC: 7:13 – Johnson 53-yard run (Kroenig kick)
VC: 3:44 – Severson 65-yard run (Kroenig kick)
VC: 11:05 – Jay MacIntyre 45-yard run (Kroenig kick)
VC: 7:26 – Kroenig 40-yard field goal
VC: 4:29 – Severson 40-yard run (Kroenig kick)