Randolph Football Wins Big on an Emotional Senior Night

Credits: Paul Swenson
Credits: Paul Swenson
Credits: Paul Swenson
Credits: Paul Swenson

RANDOLPH, NJ- A fast start and stout defense propelled Randolph to a huge 41-13 win over Mt. Olive on senior night, Friday Oct. 24, in front of rowdy hometown crowd.  It was an emotional evening for many, as the seniors, who were about to play their final home game in a Rams uniform, were escorted onto the field with their parents before the game.  Senior members of the band had the same honor at halftime.

The Rams flew out to a hot start on their first drive when sophomore running back Carlo Zarro picked up several sizeable gains on the ground that was capped off with a 5-yard touchdown run by senior James Bertelle.  On the very next drive for Mount Olive, Zarro struck on the defensive side, picking off a pass near the sideline and racing more than half the length of the field to the end zone to give the Rams a 14-0 lead just minutes into the game.

The Rams crossed the goal line for the third time in the first quarter when senior quarterback Connor Logoyda scrambled for a first down, then hooked up with sophomore Nick Zach for a 24-yard touchdown.  “Getting a win like this on senior night, it just played out perfectly,” said Logoyda.

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The Rams’ defense came out tough in the third, highlighted by an important third-down sack off a great spin move by senior Drew Koskinen.  Koskinen blew up Mt. Olive’s offensive line making tackles in the backfield on several occasions.

Late in the second up 20-0, Logoyda helped extend a scoring drive again by scrambling on third and ten and picking up the first.  Logoyda then threw a beauty into the hands of fellow senior Connor Fitz for a touchdown with less than two minutes in the half.  Fitz would later score on a 5-yard rushing play late in the third.

“It was great to get Connor Fitz the ball twice tonight, he’s been waiting for this all season,” said Logoyda.

The Rams came out in the second half just as focused and immediately stopped Mt. Olive on four straight plays causing a turnover; this set Zarro up for a speedy 36-yard touchdown run up the middle.  In the final quarter of the game the Rams, with a big lead, were able to give many seniors and underclassmen alike a chance to get in on the game and rest up some of their starters for next week’s game against cross-town rival Roxbury.

“Honestly, Roxbury week is all that we’re thinking about and we are 100 percent focused on that, it’s going to be quite the showdown,” said Logoyda.

Senior Ian Brecher got quite a nice surprise on senior night during the pre game introductions of players with their parents.  Ian thought he would be walking only with his father, considering his mother tragically passed away from cancer when he was just 11, and the fact that his sister lives nearly six hours away in Buffalo.  However, his sister set up a surprise visit to come watch him on senior night, and came running out to give her brother a hug when his name was announced, in what became a sentimental moment highlighting the night.

Despite the emotional night and the big victory that the Rams obtained, the team was still in an ‘all-business’ state after the game.  Sophomore Carlo Zarro said, “It feels great to win it for the seniors, but Roxbury is a big game and we have to get prepared for them and put this win behind us.”

The Rams will take on Roxbury next Friday night on the road at 7 p.m. in what will be a monumental game so late in the season.

“We’ve been getting very serious in practice lately,” said Zarro, “Roxbury is a huge game for us to move up in the standings, and maybe even get a home game in the playoffs if we can get a win.”

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