RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Rams upped their record to 3-0 by completely overwhelming the Mendham Minutemen, running away with a 48-13 football victory on Friday.
Randolph's first possession was a three and out, and after a punt gave the ball to Mendham, the Minutemen marched right down the field for the games first TD. A missed extra point left the score at 6-0, and it looked like Mendham came to play as they drew first blood.
The Rams snapped out of their early funk and answered back with a drive that resulted in a 31-yard TD pass from QB Connor Logoyda to senior Brennan Corcoran. Early in the drive, facing third and four, Logoyda scrambled away from pressure and picked up a first down to keep the drive alive and get into Mendham territory. Two plays later he found Corcoran in between the safeties and hit him in stride to take the lead at 7-7.
The Rams defense then began their dominance of the Mendham offense. Senior captain and defensive leader George Zach explained how he rallied his troops, "They got that oneearly drive and took the lead on us. I told everyone on the field, to get their heads up, next possession we are going to stop them and get our momentum back, and we did."
After answering Zach's call and shutting down Mendham's next drive, the ball returned to the Rams. They wasted no time marching downfield on an 80-yard drive, finishing with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Logoyda to James Bertelle to take a 14-6 lead.
Bertelle was just getting started on his second straight three-TD game. When asked about it he stated "it feels great. I am working hard in practice, the right plays are being called, and as an offense we are executing perfectly." He finished the day with four receptions for 103 yards and two TD's, along with 7 carries for 91 yards and one TD.
Mendham then was able to muster up a bit of a drive, getting down to the Randolph twenty, but then Zach and his defensive mates slammed the door. On the next play, Zach recovered a Mendham fumble and Randolph was quick to make them pay.
Zarro ripped off a 55 yard run to the Mendham 25, and a few short plays later he gave Randolph a 21-6 lead with a nine yard burst up the middle. On the hard fought run, Zarro broke two tackles and dove for the TD, extending the ball just over the goal line with a Mendham defender draped on his back.
The Rams again held Mendham and went on a fourth straight scoring drive ending with Bertelle's second TD. After starting up the middle and breaking multiple tackles, Bertelle cut to the outside, where he raced around the right side for a 40 yard run and a 28-6 lead.
The Rams were not done, as the defense forced a punt from deep in Mendham's own territory with a minute left in the half. Taking possession at mid field, Logoyda and Bertelli put the dagger in on the very next play. Bertelli beat his man and Logoyda hit him for a 53 yard touchdown pass right down the middle, and it was lights out at 34-6.
Logoyda explained the offensive outburst. "It was great, we have so many weapons from Corcoran, to Bertelle, to Zarro, to Cambell, there are so many for us to go to, and they all contributed today."
Mendham opened the second half and drove to the 1 yard line where they scored on a QB sneak to make the score 34 to 13.
Any hope they had of coming back was doused as the Rams came right back with a quick 70 yard drive finishing with a 41 yard touchdown pass from Logoyda to Kyle Campbell to make it 41 to 13. Logoyda was 9 for 12 with 199 yards and 4 TD's on the game.
Mendham threatened once more, getting to the Rams seven yard line, but the defense held tight and took the ball back on downs. A few plays later, Zarro dazzled the crowd with an electrifying 80 yard TD run, netting the final 48-13 score. Zarro finished his day with 18 carries for 225 yards.
Zach led the Rams in tackles on the game, and Ben Kapinos had a second half interception for the Rams defense.
The Rams now have a short week, playing on the road at West Morris on Thursday night. Zach stated, "Short week, quick turnaround, we have to get back in on Monday and start preparing."