Randolph improved their record to 3-0 with a 48-13 blowout victory against the Minutemen of Mendham. The Rams showcased their high power offense through the likes of QB Connor Logoyda and RB’s Carlo Zarro and James Bertelle as they dominated possession and yardage throughout the game.
“It felt great after that win. That was a big one for our team,” says sophomore RB Carlo Zarro. “Everyone seems to vote against Randolph and put us as the underdog and that game sent a message to everyone that we can win big, it was well needed.”
The Rams began the game with a lackluster three plays and out from the offense, and then a quick touchdown by Mendham giving the Minutemen an early 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. Mendham’s scoring drive forced Randolph to revert to their high-powered offense as the Rams struck back with a long TD pass from Connor Logoyda to Brennan Corcoran and then another TD pass to RB James Bertelle.
The next offensive drive was showcased by Carlo Zarro’s dazzling 80-yard run, capped off with a 9-yard touchdown in which he broke two tackles before reaching over and into the endzone. Zarro says, “Immediately after I got the ball I saw a hole and gunned straight for it I saw a guy in the way I quickly cut and felt the defender on my back and in my head I told myself I wasn’t gonna be stopped and sure enough I wasn’t.”
With two more TD’s from Bertelle, the Rams took a 34-6 lead into the locker room.
Although Mendham QB Mike Rikola scored a touchdown early on in the 3rd quarter, the Randolph offense continued to run rampant on Mendham. An 80-yard touchdown run from Zarro and a 40-yard touchdown pass to junior TE Kyle Campbell, his first of his varsity career, sealed the victory.
Though the Randolph offense was extraordinary, their defense was the key to holding a great Mendham team to only two scores.
“I thought our defense played huge last night, I was a little nervous after their first drive, but we really buckled down and stood them up for the rest of the game,” says junior DB/TE Ben Kapinos, whose stat line includes a handful of tackles and an interception. “I think the key to our success was our linebackers and D-line giving pressure on their QB and not allowing anything up the middle.”
The Rams are off to their best start in eight years as they take their 3-0 record to their next matchup. Due to the upcoming Jewish holiday, the Rams will only have three days to fully prepare for their Thursday night meeting away against rivals West Morris Central.
“I feel that coming off a big win especially against a team like Mendham will help us in preparation for West Morris,” says Zarro again. “Like you said we have a short week so that means we have to get back to work fast this week and keep our heads straight. It was a great win but we need to move past it and get ready for what’s ahead.”