Sports

Early Injury, Turnovers, Lead to Defeat For Randolph Football in State Playoffs

November 16, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Old Tappan NJ - As Yogi Bera would say, it was déjà vu all over again.  For the second straight year, in the opening game of the State Playoffs, the Rams were rattled by an early injury to a key player and never recovered, falling 35-7 to Old Tappan. 

Just minutes into the game, two way starter and Senior team Captain Brett Gundy went down with an injury and wouldn’t return.  On the early game shock to his team, Coach Joe Lusardi lamented, “It’s the same thing that happened last year, this year we lost Brett.  He is our trapper on offense and our middle linebacker on defense.  I don’t want to make excuses, but he is a big part of what we do, and losing him really hurt.”

Shortly after the injury, the Golden Knights opened the scoring with a 13 yard run out of the Wildcat formation.  Super Sophomore Jordan Fuller, who was elusive all night, took a keeper into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.  The Knights quickly made it 14-0 with a 67 yard dash by another speedy Sophomore Zak DeNike.

Sign Up for E-News

With four minutes left in the half, Old Tappan blocked a punt in Randolph territory.  They took a 21-0 lead on the very next play with a 35 yard TD pass down the middle. 

The Rams collected themselves, and mounted a drive at the end of the half to get on the board.  With two seconds left on the clock, QB Connor Logoyda, who spent a good part of the game running from defenders, hit Brenan Corcoran in the end zone to make it 21-7.

Randolph was not going to go away easy, and that showed at the start of the third.  The defense came out aggressive and played with emotion, and a few big plays pushed Old Tappan deep into their own territory.  About the strong push, Lusardi said “In the locker room, we told them to just gut it out, play for each other.” 

What seemed like the game changing break came when the defense forced a fumble and Corcoran recovered at the 15 yard line. 

With the Rams at an emotional peak, the bubble quickly burst on the very next play as Old Tappan came up with an interception at the 5 yard line.  The dagger came next, in the form of a methodical, nine minute, 95 yard drive ending in another TD for Fuller and a 28-7 lead.  After the kickoff, Old Tappan recorded their third interception of the game.  A few plays later a 5 yard TD run by Zach Alsharif close the scoring at 35-7. 

The big plays that were a friend to Randolph’s offense all season eluded them tonight, as Old Tappan controlled the line of scrimmage and matched the Rams speed at the skill positions.  The usual formula of running Cohen between the tackles, Bertelli and Zarro to the corners, and going up top to Corcoran and Murphy had their moments, but never really found their rhythm.

Losing possessions on the turnovers didn't help the offensive flow.  After the game, Lusardi explained “The interceptions; he (Logoyda) has been great and stayed away from them all year, he has completed most of his passes.  Tonight Old Tappan made some great plays on the ball and it bit us.”

As the clock wound down, the Rams sideline was filled with emotional seniors, who suddenly realized that their careers were coming to a close.  Coach Lusardi had a message for them “I want to thank them for all their hard work in our program.  They were in the playoffs the last two years and they should be proud of that."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Randolph

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 17, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Randolph High Student Charles Taibi Collects Toys For Needy Families

January 3, 2017

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School junior Charles Taibi played the role of a real life Santa Claus when he helped make Christmas season special for local underprivileged families this past December.

As a member of the RHS Key Club, Taibi organized a toy drive to benefit the Morristown Neighborhood house. For each toy that a student brought in to donate, they earned an hour of community service ...

Randolph Basketball "Hoops Card" Enters 24th Year

January 16, 2017

RANDOLPH, NJ- With youth basketball in full swing at all levels here in the township, the Randolph Boys Basketball Committee is pleased to offer for sale it's annual Hoops Card; a savings "club" card that offers excellent discounts to local restaurants and other fine establishments. Over the past 24 years, the proceeds from the fundraising card has resulted in approximately ...

Randolph Mayor Christine Carey's 2017 Reorganization Address

January 5, 2017

RANDOLPH, NJ- Mayor Christine Carey addressed attendees at Randolph’s January 2, 2017 reorganization meeting.

The following is the text of her speech:

Good morning and happy new year.

It is such an honor and privilege to serve as the mayor of Randolph in 2017. I am very excited about the upcoming year.

First, I really want to thank all of the family members, friends, staff and ...

Morris County Freeholders Hold Annual Reorganization Meeting, Randolph Mayor and Council Members Attend

January 9, 2017

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ- Freeholders Doug Cabana of Boonton Township, Kathy DeFillippo of Roxbury, and Tom Mastrangelo of Montville were sworn in to new three-year terms on the county governing board Jan.6, with oaths of office administered by New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno at the freeholders’ annual reorganization meeting in Morristown.

Freeholder Cabana was elected by his peers as the new ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, January 17, 1:00 PM

Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, Randolph

Move Today Exercise Class for Seniors

Health & Wellness

Tue, January 17, 1:00 PM

Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, Randolph

Move Today Exercise Class for Seniors

Health & Wellness

Tue, January 17, 1:00 PM

Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, Randolph

Move Today Exercise Class for Seniors

Health & Wellness

Randolph High School National Science Honor Society Inducts 68 New Members

January 12, 2017

RANDOLPH,NJ- Last month, the Randolph High School chapter of the National Science Honor Society inducted 68 new members at a special ceremony at Randolph High School.

Students inducted into the society must have a 3.5 or B+ grade point average in science courses at Randolph High School and must have taken two honors level or advanced placement science courses.

The following is a list of ...

Randolph Girl Scouts Host Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Ceremony

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Township Girl Scouts celebrated their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients on Tuesday, Jan. 3 in a ceremony held at Center Grove School.  The evening began with a flag ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance, and Girl Scout Promise led by (now Cadette) Troop 4965.  

Laura Snyder, Service Unit Manager, welcomed the large crowd of attendees and shared ...

Randolph Winter Guard Prepares For Competition

January 14, 2017

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph high schools' Winter Guard, a winter continuation of the well-known fall sport Color Guard, commenced their practice season in early December in preparation for performances that will last through April. The group, which is composed of 16 members from all different grades, will be performing a routine in competitions across the region.

The Winter Guard routine ...

Morristown-Beard Students to Present at American Meteorological Society Conference

January 15, 2017

Next week, six Morristown-Beard School students will travel with Upper School science teacher Jeffrey Yuhas to Seattle, Washington to present at the 2017 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting.

Morristown-Beard School is the only high school in the nation to have students deliver an oral presentation at this year’s AMS Annual Meeting.  On January 23rd, MBS seniors ...

Arconic STEM Exploring Post Offers Students Invaluable Experiences

January 9, 2017

DOVER, NJ- In the spring of 2016, more than 40 local students gathered for the first open house of the brand new Alcoa Howmet STEM Exploring post located in Dover, New Jersey, in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America.

The students heard from company interns, executives, engineers, and plant workers to learn just a small portion of what a career in the STEM fields is like. From there, 23 ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to do in Morristown this Weekend

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us. Here's to a new, exciting, fun, filled year. Start the year off right with music, comedy, and walks. Have a great weekend everyone! 

Friday January 7

The Minstrel presents Ree, Rhythm, and All that Brass; Morristown Unitarian Fellowship; 7:30pm

Karaoke; Tiff's Grill and Ale House; ...

Dog/Cat License Renewals Due Soon

January 3, 2017

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Township Health Department would like to remind residents that all dogs and cats must be licensed by 7 months of age and have a current tag affixed to a collar or harness.

Licenses are good for one year and must be renewed by January 31 of each year for dogs and by February 28 of each year for cats.

License applications are automatically mailed ...

Randolph Twp & Shongum Lake Market Update

Here you can find last month's closed transactions in Randolph Twp and Shongum Lake. You’ll be able to see the Street Address, the list price (List $), the sold price (Sale $) as well as the beds, baths, garage, basement, year built, days on market (DOM) and the date closed. Please note that List Price and Days on Market are reflective of the listing contract in place at time of sale ...

The Only Thing to Focus on For Fitness Success in 2017

The answer is motivation, isn’t it? You have to find that one that one thing every day that is going to keep you motivated. Maybe it is that vacation, the summer months or an inspirational book or quote that you read. Maybe it is something different every day that you use for motivation to get you started and keep you going in 2017.

Well, if your answer for success is motivation than I ...