In a huge match-up that would determine rankings, Sparta knew it had to be well prepared for Morris Knolls’ dreaded veer offense. Sparta had done its homework.
The Spartans rolled over Morris Knolls, giving the stunned Golden Eagles their third loss of the season. On their home field, Morris Knolls suffered from eight turn-overs, three of which lead to touchdowns, in a defensive shut-down of the Golden Eagles’ notorious option plays. And at the heart of the Spartans’ defense was captain and LB/TE Randy May, who had ten tackles, a forced fumble, and a touchdown/interception that led to the 59-21 defeat of the Golden Eagles. With that performance, May earned Morris Sussex Football’s Week 8 Player of the Week!
Sparta’s veteran player has had plenty of motivation for his season-long standout performance. In the last seconds of 2012 state finals matchup with Pope John, a 42-yard field goal handed the victory to Pope John, ending the first season May had switched from playing for Pope John to wearing the jersey for their cross-town rival. Still, May lives only several doors away from his old school and refers to the games against the Pope John powerhouse as some of the best he’s ever played.
He’s a lacrosse captain, football captain, and has an impressive 3.4 GPA.
Morris Sussex Football caught up with May to chat about this exciting game, who’s the diva of this Spartan’s team and what he sees himself doing in ten years.
Morris Sussex Football: What was your favorite moment from the Morris Knolls game?
Randy May: Stripping the ball from the quarterback on their first offensive drive. It really got the momentum going in our direction.
MSF: Earlier in the season, what was going through your mind when you were playing your former teammates in maybe the biggest nort jersey rivalry?
RM: It’s a great rivalry. My focus was on my teammates and making sure we left it all on the field.
MSF: What did you learn from that tough loss?
RM: That there is no other group of guys I would rather play football with than my teammates on the Sparta football team.
MSF: Who is the person you most want to see in the stands, watching your game?
RM: Definitely my parents.
MSF: Who is the funniest guy on your team?
RM: Offensive lineman Scott Byers, our secret weapon.
MSF: Who is the biggest diva?
RM: Defensive lineman Reagan Penner, hands down!
MSF: On your team, who is the guy you’d hate to play against?
RM: Our entire defense!
MSF: What’s your pre-game ritual?
RM: Throwing up.
MSF: What’s your favorite pump-up song?
RM: Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5.
MSF: What’s the most important thing your coach taught you this year?
RM: Coach Marchiano taught us that Sparta football is all about team.
MSF: Where will you be in ten years?
RM: I will be head coach at a Division 1 college.
MSF: Congrats again Randy and best of luck to you and your Spartans the rest of the way!
Interview by MSF Editor in Chief Laura Byrne.