Sacred Heart Prep is a run-first football team and Riordan knew that coming into their nonleague matchup Friday in San Francisco. Thus, the Crusaders' game plan was simple and effective.
But, despite behind held to jus 84 yards rushing, Sacred Heart Prep adjusted well and pulled off a 14-7 triumph.
Andrew Robinson scored on a one-yard run and Mason Randall tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Daschbach for the deciding score as the Gators improved to 2-0.
Randall completed 11 of 13 passes for 127 yards as the Gators overcame one of their least-productive running efforts in years. Randall, however, helped make up for that as did a standout defensive effort that saw Cole March led the way with 10 tackles and John Van sweden adding eight. Robinson had an interception and Daschbach had a sack, as did Cameron Dulsky.
The Gators are now giving up an average of 13.5 points a game after opening with a 32-20 triumph two weeks ago.
Carlmont 24, Gunn 19
Gunn suffered its second straight close nonleague defeat on Friday, despite two crowd-pleasing touchdowns by senior Nozo Imanaka.
The compact, multi-purpose back had a 65-yard punt return score in the third quarter and caught a 25-yard fourth-and-2 heave on a go-pattern from classmate Noah Riley earlier, giving him four touchdowns of more than 20 yards already this year.
Gunn's 176-pound linebacker Dietrich Sweat, meanwhile, punched above his weight to help contain the Scots, who featured Division I-sized backs like Willie Teo-Clifton and Dominic Blanks. The gutty Titans had eight players go both ways and another 10 in situations and special teams.
"We bend but don't break," said Gunn coach Shinichi Hirano. "Maybe we bend less next time."
Hirano looked fairly pleased for a winless coach, Gunn having let San Mateo squeak by 27-20 the week before. Perhaps he liked the festivities surrounding the game, with Gunn celebrating 50 years of academic, social and athletic excellence, with alumni guests augmenting the band and pep squads and new PAUSD superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee among the revelers.
"You never want to start a game with a turnover, but overall we are doing great, and we play four quarters, a full 48 minutes each game," Hirano said.
Gunn rallied from a 24-6 deficit, with a Sharod Miller touchdown reception, two fumble recoveries, and a fourth-down defensive stop by sophomore nose-guard Andrew Maltz keeping things interesting late into the fourth quarter.
With just about two minutes left, Riley threw a short pass to Forrest Larson on a fourth-and-7 situation, coming up two yards short of keeping the final drive alive.
Los Gatos 35, Menlo-Atherton 7
The Bears scored their first touchdown of the season when Robby Beardsley lofted a 19-yard scoring pass to Chase DelRosse with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Friday's blowout loss to the Wildcats.
M-A did come up with a solid defensive effort to limit Los Gatos standout Joey Wood to just 81 yards on 15 carries. Wood, however, still scored three times. Los Gatos also got 186 yards passing and two scores from QB Dru Brown.
San Benito 33, Palo Alto 0
It's back to the drawing board for the Vikings following their blowout loss to host San Benito on Friday night in Hollister. One week after scoring 30 points in a win over Sequoia, the Vikings suffered their first shutout since being blanked by Los Gatos in 2004. Palo Alto was held to less than 50 yards of offense in the first half.
Priory 34, Alma Heights 0
The Panthers gave up 424 of total offense to host Alma Heights, but no touchdowns, while rolling to a season-opening victory on Friday in Pacifica in eight-man action.
Freshman Keyshawn Alford scored three times for Priory and Max Reines tallied twice. Alford rushed 16 times for 114 yards and a 57-yard rushing TD on his first offensive carry. He also returned an interception 20 yards for a score and a kickoff 70 yards for another TD.
Reines scored on runs of 10 and five yards and also had an interception while freshman Erik Larson came up with two sacks for Priory. Alma Heights rushed for 363 yards, but failed to punch it into the end zone.