CHATHAM, NJ - The Randolph players dedicated the football season to Jack Timmerman and Calvin Verduga, teammates who tragically died in a car accident over the summer. Senior Brenan Corcoran made sure the season in their memory would start out with a victory for the Rams.
Corcoran caught two touchdown passes, a two-point conversion, kicked a field goal and an extra point and made an interception as Randolph rallied to defeat Chatham, 24-21, on Saturday at Cougar Field.
"They're really close to us (Timmerman and Verduga)," Corcoran said. "We came out here and said they were going to be on the field, but they're not so we're going to play our hardest all the time. It wasn't as far away of a win as we wanted, it was a little close, but a win is a win.
"We had names written all over our gear, we play for them this year, we play for our town. It not only affected us, but the whole town."
Brenan Corcoran talks about his lost teammates and the game in video below
Chatham, which was handed its 22nd straight loss, put Randolph on its heels early when quarterback Alex Sands connected with Brian Brady for a 72-yard touchdown play. Chatham tried to run for the conversion because of a high snap and didn't make it. So Randolph was down, 6-0, in the first quarter.
Corcoran's 27-yard field goal cut it to 6-3 with 2:37 left in the half.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Chatham quarterback Sands threw a swing pass that fell incomplete, but Nick Hafner alertly picked up the loose ball and carried it in for a touchdown. The play was ruled a lateral because it was not a forward pass and that made it a fumble that Hafner capitalized on, giving the Rams a 9-6 lead
Chatham, however, regained the lead by taking the ensuing kickoff and driving 72 yards. Matt Nestler's two-yard run and Tim Adams' PAT gave the Cougars a 13-9 edge with 5:49 to go in the third. That's when Corcoran made the plays that changed the game.
"In the second half, we knew they were going to come out fired up," Corcoran said. "We had to work on our technical game. We had a couple nice passes from our quarterback, so it turned around in the second half."
Randolph answered the Chatham TD with an 80-yard drive, led by Rams quarterback Connor Logoyda and Corcoran. Logoyda's third-down pass to Corcoran was good for 29 yards and, two plays later, the two hooked up again for a 24-yard touchdown with 1:17 showing in the third. LaGoyda's two-point conversion pass to Corcoran staked the Rams to a 17-13 lead.
Corcoran then picked off a Sands pass near midfield with 5.7 seconds left in third, which led to a 40-yard drive that culminated with Corcoran's second TD catch of the game, a 12-yard option pass from James Bertelli. Corcoran's point-after kick put the Rams up, 21-13, with 11:08 left in the fourth quarter.
Chatham came right back with drive that ended with Justin Hayes taking a swing pass from Sands and weaving his way to the end zone for a 10-yard TD. Luke Sukiennik's two-point run made it 24-21 with 8:23 to go.
Randolph Rams enter Cougar Field for the start of the game Saturday