Archbishop Mitty drops to Valley Christian 33-7
In Friday's league game, the Valley Christian Warriors football team knocked off the visiting Archbishop Mitty Monarchs (San Jose, CA), by a final score of 33-7.
The Warriors (6-1) will now prepare for their game against Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco, CA). The Crusaders come into the West Catholic game with a 6-1 record. In their last game, Archbishop Riordan toppled St. Ignatius (San Francisco, CA), 45-19, in a league game.
The Monarchs now hold a 4-3 record. They take the field next when they travel to St. Ignatius for a West Catholic game on Friday, October 30. Archbishop Mitty will battle a Wildcats team coming off a 45-19 league loss to Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco, CA). The Wildcats record now stands at 1-6.
Archbishop Mitty stuns top-ranked Bellarmine
Riordan makes statement, defeats Mitty 37-21 in WCAL opener
By Darren Sabedra email@example.com
Posted: 10/03/2015 07:40:35 PM PDTSAN JOSE --
Archbishop Mitty knew it was facing a dangerous opponent Saturday but -- as coach Keith Burns saw it -- had control of the game at halftime and early in the third quarter.
The Monarchs led Archbishop Riordan by a touchdown and were nine yards from extending the advantage to two TDs.
But Mitty fumbled, and Daniel Norman returned the ball 87 yards for a tying score.
"That side erupted and ours got quiet," Burns said.
Riordan went on to a statement-making 37-21 victory in a West Catholic Athletic League opener at Mitty.
The Crusaders, who had already served notice in a season-opening win over reigning Central Coast Section Open Division champion Sacred Heart Prep that they are vastly improved from last year's 1-9 team, did a little bit of everything Saturday.
Running back Raymone Sanders turned a screen pass into a 79-yard sprint down the sideline that ultimately led to his 1-yard touchdown run and a 21-14 lead.
Quarterback Joshua Boone scored on a 71-yard run out of the wildcat to extend the cushion to 28-14 and later scored on a 29-yard run.
"The wildcat was working," the junior said.
Boone also provided a spark in the locker room at halftime, telling teammates that they had to win the game.
"A youngin', that dude is crazy," senior linebacker Jamarian Caston said. "That dude makes me go crazy. He said this is the day we've got to come out on top. He started crying. He said this is the day we've got to make a statement. I was thinking we've got to come out and do something."
AdvertisementThe game was emotional for both sides.
Mitty (3-1, 0-1) wore white pants, jerseys and helmets in honor of Loukas Angelo, a 14-year-old freshman classmate who died last week, two days after being hit by a car while crossing Mitty Way.
"It was a rough week around here," Burns said. "That's not an excuse. That's the facts of life. But Riordan, I give them all the credit in the world. I've been in a lot of football games. When you have that kind of explosive players in space, sometimes they explode."
On the Riordan side, two brothers who made key plays in the fourth quarter -- lineman Sam Tofi and linebacker Lasa Tofi -- were mourning the sudden death during the week of their dad's sister.
"She just collapsed and passed away," Sam Tofi said. "It was very hard for me because that was like my second mom."
Sam Tofi took a pitch on a fake punt and rumbled downfield before fumbling. A teammate recovered, giving Riordan a first down that allowed the Crusaders (4-0, 1-0) to eat more time from the clock.
Later, Lasa Tofi sacked Phillip Tran in the end zone to stretch the lead to 30-21.
"I'm so proud of our boys," Riordan's first-year coach Kevin Fordon said. "We came out a little sluggish in the first half. Big, big turnover, Daniel Norman being able to scoop and score really changed the momentum. Josh Boone is an electric guy back there. I put him in at quarterback, and things happen."
Mitty running back Derek Bauerle suffered a foot injury against Palo Alto on Sept. 18, and Burns said after Saturday's game that the senior is lost for the season. "He's the heart and soul of our team, Derek Bauerle," Burns said.