Coach: Tarig Holman
Year on the Job: 2nd
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 4-6
2016 Nemesis: Sparta
Freakishly Talented: Seniors Anthony Salemi and Jeramie Simmons are both special athletes. Both bring a different kind of skill set to the field which make the 2016 Rams a very dynamic team.
Where’s the Beef: Senior center Joe Baorto is the leader up front who has the uncanny ability to snap the ball to the quarterback and pancake the opposing nose tackle in one fluid movement.
Emotional Leader: Senior linebacker Nick Zach is a tackling machine who can change the intensity of a game with one bone crushing tackle.
Will be a Household Name: Senior back Nick Jung is probably on nobody’s radar right now but he’s been all the rage in football camp this summer. After Week 1 he’ll be sneaking up on no one, trust me.
Beast Watch: Senior runningback / defensive back Carlo Zarro has all of the qualities of a warrior. I watched him will his Rams a win practically all by himself last season against Mendham where he literally carried the entire Minutemen defense on his back for four quarters. If I am going to war, its right behind this guy.
Second year coach Randolph coach, Tarig Holman, came into town with a heck of a resume. He came in as the guy who was instrumental in turning around a struggling Trenton squad into a perennial playoff team. Holman was also known as the former Iowa defensive back who picked off Michigan’s Tom Brady twice in one game and a player who made it all the way to the NFL. But before all of that, Holman was a Randolph Ram. Not just any Ram. The key cog in John Bauer Sr and Jr machine that spanned two decades.
Now in his second year, he is bringing winning back to the town that started it all for him and everyone is on board. “We all love Coach Holman,” senior runningback Carlo Zarro says. “He brings a log of energy to our team and has taught us how to work hard and what it means to be leaders.”
Although Holman comes from the legendary Randolph football history, he is very much living in 2016. “We know all about the John Bauer years and have so much respect for what those teams did,” Zarro added. “All we talk about as a team is about how we will build our own legacy.”
If you hang around a Randolph practice you can feel there is something in the air. Coach Holman and the rest of his athletic staff can be seen rolling up their sleeves and tweaking the technique of Randolph players. There seems to be a cohesiveness between all of the coaches and players.
From a personnel, coach and chemistry standpoint it looks like the Rams has it all going on. However, they still need to play games to see if that will translate into winning. And their schedule will not make that an easy task.
Randolph opens up with a VERY good Sparta team. A win will give them a ton of momentum going into the heart of their schedule where they will face long time foes Morristown, Morris Knolls, West Morris and Mendham. A loss might show more of what their made of because they won’t be able to afford to play those teams if they are feeling sorry for themselves.
Can Randolph win a state title? Absolutely! However, they’ll likely have to beat the same teams twice to get there. Many of their regular season opponents are also sitting in their North 1, Group 4 section. So they’ll likely have to beat them to make it to the dance and then beat a few of them again to hoist up the NJSIAA Trophy. I’m excited to see what this team is cable of this season.
9/10 @ Sparta
9/24 @ Morris Knolls
9/30 @ Livingston
10/7 West Morris
10/28 @ Roxbury
11/4 Mount Olive