2015 Randolph Rams Football Preview

If New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback to play the game and Hall of Fame shoo-in, were to be announced as head coach of Randolph high school there would probably be a lot of excitement buzzing around. But introduce the guy who picked him off twice in one game and the fanfare doesn’t stop. That’s just what’s been happening since Randolph High School announced the hiring of new coach Tarig Holman.

All the positive energy doesn’t have anything to do with Tom Brady though. It’s a homecoming party and Holman is a former record-breaking Ram and one of the most successful athletes in school history. He is also tied to the famous undefeated streak era of the 80’s’ and 90’s which brings a lot of happy memories to the community.

New coach Tarig Holman rallies his team on the exact field he had so much success as a player in the 1990's (photo by Georgi Muha).

New coach Tarig Holman rallies his team on the exact field he had so much success as a player in the 1990’s (photo by Georgi Muha).

But his playing resume isn’t even his most impressive attribute. He’s a proven winning coach who, in two years, took a 7-42 Trenton team to a 15-6 record, including two consecutive trips to the playoffs. More importantly he instilled a culture and energy into the Trenton football community that hadn’t existed in a very long time.

So you can see why the Randolph faithful is excited, even as newly-retired state championship coach Joe Lusardi passes the baton. Holman is just as enthusiastic. “I think the only one more excited than me is my dad, who still lives in Randolph.”

At 6-5, 235-pounds Jeramie Simmons is a scary proposition for opposing teams to defend against (photo by Georgi Muha).

At 6-5, 235-pounds Jeramie Simmons is a scary proposition for opposing teams to defend against (photo by Georgi Muha).

And, Randolph is loaded with talented up and down their lineup and after a first round playoff loss last season, they are itching for the new season to start.

For opposing teams, the mission will be to slow down their offense. This year’s squad has a lot of firepower, especially through the air. Big receivers like Ben Kapinos (6-1, 170), Nick Zach (6-2, 205) and Jeramie Simmons (6-5, 235) are collectively taller than every defense they will face and will create mismatches all season long.

The guy who will be throwing the ball is still up in the air, and it is between seniors Carmine Capalbo and Alex Vanderbilt. Both are extremely talented and will contribute some way to the team, if not at QB.

Randolph has more receivers over 6-foot than any other team they face in their division (photo by Georgi Muha)

Randolph has more receivers over 6-foot than any other team they face in their division (photo by Georgi Muha).

The offensive output won’t all come via the air either. The ground attack is equally deadly and guys like senior Nick Hafner (5-11, 185) and junior Carlo Zarro (5-9, 175) are both hard runners with breakaway speed. Of course it doesn’t hurt that they have good leaders up front like senior Scott Waters (5-11, 190) to set the tone for the offense.

Defensively, they’ll be strong up front with guys like Simmons and Zach who are difficult to get past. Hafner and Campbell will patrol the outfield.

As for my outlook on the season, Delby and Roxbury are the big games to circle on the Rams schedule. However, there are no easy teams they face so they’ll have to work every week. I do like Randolph’s chances this season.

Navigating the rough waters of this schedule will be tough. Then they’ll likely have to face Roxbury again at some point in the postseason if they want to hold up the NJSIAA State Championship Cup. Randolph’s a contender this season so that kind of a finish is not out of the question.

Randolph Rams

2014 Record: (5-5-0)
Head Coach: Tarig Holman
Assistant Coaches: Mike Lyons – Assistant Head Coach, DJ Catalano – Defensive Coordinator, Dave Poppy, JT Tartacoff, Will Nahan, Pete Cervona, Brandon Doyle and Cody Czerniak.
League: Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Section: North 1, Group 4

2014 Recap

High Point: Coming out of the gate 3-0.
Low Point: Allowing 40 or more points in the last three games of the season (all losses).

Season Breakdown & Prediction

Games to Watch: The Roxbury game. It’s toward the end of the season and will likely have playoff implications for both teams.
Position to Watch: Runningback. Zarro had a terrific season last season as a sophomore and, with defenses forced to pay attention to the passing game, I see him having a huge season in ’15.
Young Guns to Watch: Jeramie Simmons. He’s a 6-5, 235 pound receiver who can play tight end or wide receiver.
In a Nutshell: Randolph will be good. There is no reason they shouldn’t win six games or more by the eight game playoff cutoff.
Dream Season: Making it to the semi’s.
Nightmare Season: Not making the playoffs.

Postseason History

Playoff Appearances: 24
Finals Appearances: 12
State Titles: 7
Playoff Record: 23-17 (.575)

Schedule

DATEOPPONENTTIME
9/11Chatham07:00 pm
9/19@Morristown01:00 pm
9/26@Mendham01:00 pm
10/2West Morris07:00 pm
10/9Delbarton07:00 pm
10/16@Morris Knolls07:00 pm
10/23@Mount Olive07:00 pm
10/30Roxbury07:00 pm
11/6Sparta07:00 pm

Roster

#NameGradePositionHeightWeight
2NICK WALMART10WR/CB5'11160
3ANTHONY SALEMI11RB/CB5'10165
4DANTI SCALI11RB/CB5'7148
6MAX CALLIGARO11QB/FS6'1150
7KYLE CAMPBELL12WR/DB6'2175
8JERAMIE SIMMONS11TE/DE6'4255
9CARMINE CAPALBO12QB/SS5'8165
10SEBASTIN CROSS11QB/FS6'0160
12ALEX VANDERBILT12QB/FS5'10175
14BEN KAPINOS12WR/FS6'1170
15CRAIG COSTELLO11TE/LB6'0158
16JUSTIN SUAREZ10QB/SS6'0160
18STEPHEN ZENES10TE/CB5'8120
20BRANDON TAMRES10RB/CB5'5135
21NICK HAFNER12FB/SS5'11175
24CARLO ZARRO11RB/CB5'9180
25ANDRE BURKE10WR/S6'0148
27DOMINIC SCALI10RB/CB5'6132
30ALEX VINDICI10RB/LB5'7160
32HUNTER SZYNALSKI11RB/CB5'9155
33CHRIS SUSINI10RB/FS6'2160
34KYLE WINDBUSH10RB/LB5'10175
36RYAN MULLIGAN11HB/CB5'5138
40SEAN MAKOVEC11FB/LB5'11167
41ERIC LUBRANO11RB/CB5'8152
43DAN GONZALEZ12RB/LB5'7160
44NICK SANTO10OL/LB5'9180
45NICK JUNG11RB/CB5'10150
46JOEY BUTTAFUCO10RB/CB5'6125
50ANTHONY FODALI10WR/LB5'10165
51NATE RIVERA12OL/LB5'9162
52ALEX ANTICO11OL/DE5'9185
53JOSH PLEDGER11OL/DL6'0255
54CHRIS FLYNN11WR/LB5'9180
55ANTHONY SALES12OL/LB5'10180
56JOEY BARBATO11OL/DL5'9170
57DAMIAN MIDDLEBROOKS10OL/DL5'6195
58ALEX HEILMAN10OL/DL5'9185
59SAM BURGOS10OL/DL5'7255
60STEPHAN ZYBIN11OL/DL5'10210
61RAFAEL MIRANDA11OL/DL5'9230
62SAL COLATRUGLIO11OL/DL5'8197
63JOEY BAORTO11OL/NT5'9235
64ALAN SILVA12OL/DL5'9200
65ANGELLO PICO12OL/DE5'11200
66DAVID ESCHELBACHER12OL/DL5'7170
67JEFFERSON VARGAS12OL/DL6'0255
68RORY TATKOW10OL/DL5'11185
70DREW KOSKINEN12OL/DL6'0190
71FRANK ZANG11OL/DL5'10222
72MATHEW NIEVES10OL/DL5'11215
73CHANDLER BOYKINS10OL/DL5'9230
74NOA LIMON10OL/DL6'3180
75KYLE LUTHY11OL/DL6'3220
76ZACH HARRELL12OL/DE6'0177
77SCOTT WATERS12OL/DL5'11215
78NICHOLAS PETRUZZELLO10OL/DE5'10180
79MATT KNOX11OL/DL6'3245
80KEVIN CHARLES10WR/CB6'1175
81NICK ZACH11TE/LB6'2205
82ANDREW FUSCO10WR/CB5'10140
83DIEGO RODRIGUEZ12TE/LB6'0178
84DANNY OUGH11WR/CB5'10145
85DYLAN MINIHANE11WR/SS6'6185
86CHRIS DEAN10OL/DE5'11160
87JARED DEPERNA10TE/CB5'8155
ANDREW FUSCO11OL/DL5'10212
CHRIS DEAN10OL/DE5'11160
DAMIAN MIDDLEBROOKS10OL/DL5'6195
JARED DEPERNA10TE/CB5'8155
NOA LIMON10OL/DL6'3180
RAFAEL MIRANDA11OL/DL5'8202
RORY TATKOW
SAM BURGOS10OL/DL5'7255
STEPAN ZYBIN10OL/DL5'11185

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