Riordan offense struggles again

BURLINGAME — Mike Langridge took over the Riordan football program with the goal of overhauling a defense that ranked last in the West Catholic Athletic League a year ago in points allowed.

With that job seemingly headed in the right direction, the Crusaders now must search for an offense.

For the second straight week, Riordan held an opponent to less than 10 points and still came away with the loss, this time a 9-0 decision to Burlingame. Riordan held the Panthers to just one first down and 31 yards in the second half, but couldn’t come up with the equalizer after Burlingame quarterback Scott Campbell threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tim Ellingson with 6:06 remaining in the second quarter.

The Crusaders lost 8-7 last weekend to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

“You’d think we’d be undefeated [after allowing 17 points in two games],” Langridge said. “But right now, we justcan’t get anything going on offense.”

Riordan’s frustrations were summarized with a drive midway through the fourth quarter. Crusaders cornerback Chaz Smedley made a great interception and returned the ball 12 yards to the Burlingame 19, but Riordan quarterback Darius Bell was sacked for an 9-yard loss on second down and the Crusaders turned the ball over on downs. Riordan also lost fumbles twice inside the Burlingame 20-yard line.

Running back Osa Aigbuza led Riordan with 46 yards on 11 carries before leaving the game in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL 27, HALF MOON BAY 22

HALF MOON BAY — Steve Lee rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Paul Sweeney ran and threw for scores as the Irish improved to 2-0. — Staff

TERRA LINDA 34, BURTON 0

SAN RAFAEL — The Pumas found the going tough in their opener as Terra Linda controlled the game from early in the first quarter and never let up.

Burton struggled with maintaining possession, fumbling four times and throwing three interceptions, and couldn’t put together a consistent attack. Pumas quarterback Larry Anderson was 2-for-5 for 9 yards and two interceptions. Tyre Ellison had 16 carries for just 33 yards as Terra Linda bottled up the Burton running game. Mark Escobar added five carries for 20 yards. — Jesse Haley

RICHMOND 1, MARSHALL 0

The Marshall-Richmond football game scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at SOTA has been forfeited by Phoenix coach Mitch Oster due to a lack of eligible players. Officially, Richmond wins the game 1-0, Academic Athletic Association assistant commissioner John Zlatunich said.

Oster said the time-consuming processing of paperwork for incoming transferstudents caused him to call off the game, which Marshall would have entered with less than 15 players.

“The problem is [five or six players] have come out fairly recently and last year they were not Marshall students,” Oster said. “These kids are cleared, but just not to play in an actual game yet. We were hoping we could still have them out and play a scrimmage, but Richmond did not accept that.”

Marshall is not scheduled to play again until Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. vs. Monterey at Seaside High School. – Matt Elliser

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