Another game, another record for Archbishop Riordan.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Mitchell Jr. threw six touchdown passes on Saturday to lead the host Crusaders to a 42-17 victory over previously undefeated Valley Christian, ranked fifth by the Bay Area News Group.
Mitchell broke the West Catholic Athletic League and school record for touchdown passes in a game one week after freshman Isitolo Tuugamusu matched the league record when he scored five touchdowns.
It’s all added up to a special start to the league schedule for seventh-ranked Riordan, which is tied with Serra atop the WCAL standings after two weeks of league play.
Mitchell threw touchdown passes of 48 and 65 yards to Cynai Thomas. He threw a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Lawson and a 26-yard scoring pass to Judge Nash.
Like Mitchell, Thomas and Nash are sophomores. Lawson is a junior.
Seniors Tony Manu and Tyrone Jackson also were on the receiving end of TD passes from Mitchell.
Riordan (4-1, 2-0) dominated the first quarter statistically and led 14-0 after Lawson and Manu scored.
Valley (4-1, 1-1) punched back with touchdowns less than two minutes apart as Joseph Stephens threw TD passes of 18 yards to Justice Matthews and 14 yards to Jerod White to even the score 14-14.
The Crusaders went ahead 21-14 at halftime on Mitchell’s 48-yard pass to Thomas.
On Friday, Riordan will play Bellarmine at San Jose City College and Valley Christian will travel back to San Francisco to face Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium.
No. 22 Menlo School 55, Homestead 22
Mikey McGrath and Co. had a big day as Menlo rolled at home in a Peninsula Athletic League De Anza Division opener against Homestead.
The senior threw touchdown passes to Jack Enright, Brady Jung, Bradford Tudor and Nicky Scacco to help the Knights improve to 5-0.
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Homestead fell to 1-4.
Menlo led 20-0 after the first quarter and 34-14 at halftime. The Knights stretched the advantage to 48-14 after three quarters.
Homestead QB Nick Zarour ran for a touchdown and connected with Wyatt Hook for another score. Maxx Ward also scored for Homestead.