Masoli's big night helps Riordan topple Mission 

click to enlarge Zach Masoli ran threw for 105 yards and also ran for 105 yards in leading Riordan past Mission on Friday night. - ERIC SUN/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. Examiner
  • Zach Masoli ran threw for 105 yards and also ran for 105 yards in leading Riordan past Mission on Friday night.

Coming into their inner-city battle Friday night at Kezar Stadium, both Archbishop Riordan and Mission High School were looking to shake off lopsided losses from a week ago.

However, it was Mission who would be on the wrong side of another rout.

Riordan (2-1) jumped out to a 22-6 halftime lead, and cruised to a 43-18 victory over Mission.

For Mission (0-3), the nonleague couldn't have ended any sooner as the Bears were outscored 146-30 in their first three games.

"Thought we played well at times and we tried to play some guys at different spots, but we missed some opportunities out there," Mission coach Joe Albano said. "[Riordan] has a good team over there with some very skillful players."

Riordan, which got beat up 49-7 against St. Mary's of Berkeley last week, rode the arm -- and legs -- of senior quarterback Zach Masoli.

Masoli, who sat out the fourth quarter, was 7-of-12 for 105 yards passing with a touchdown pass, and also added 105 yards rushing on seven carries for another two touchdowns.

With 1:37 left in the first half, Masoli found a streaking Jake Cochrane for a 46-yard touchdown to make it 22-0.

At halftime, first-year Riordan coach John Lee preached to his team to play four quarters. His team got the memo.

Senior wide receiver Chris Hall returned the second half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Then, with the Crusaders comfortably ahead 29-6, Masoli took the shotgun snap -- found a crease through the middle of Mission's defense -- and outran everyone for a 58-yard touchdown run.

"First and foremost we respect Mission and we didn't want to take them lightly," Lee said. "We wanted to play four quarters, which we hadn't done this season, and we made some strides tonight."

Riordan gets a week off before opening West Catholic Athletic League play against Archbishop Mitty.

Mission opens up Academic Athletic Association play next week against Galileo, and Albano warned that a third straight trip to Turkey Day won't be easy.

The Bears, who got a game effort out of QB Jerrel Stanci -- who was 13-of-29 for 259 yards with a touchdown and interception apiece -- are just looking for a little continuity.

"We just have to get better," Albano said. "We've had a lot of guys join the team late, miss summer practice, so that's where we're at and what we're focused on."

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