RANDOLPH, NJ- All the years of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication have paid off for members of the Randolph Varsity ( 8th Grade ) Bulldogs football team. The boys will graduate out of the program this year having captured a perfect season, rolling through their schedule to finish at 9-0.
It marks the second consecutive year the team has won the Iron Division, and they are the first team to be named National Conference Champs since 2012.
As one of the more celebrated teams to come out of the Bulldog program since 2012, the expectations were high for success. The Bulldogs wasted no time kicking things into high gear, turning the opening offensive play of the season against rival Roxbury into an 80 yard TD run. They never looked back from there, using their high powered offense and stout defense to outscore opponents 206-33 on the season.
“They came into camp with one goal in mind, win the division and be crowned National Conference Champs before they went off to High School to become Rams,” said head coach Mike Townsend. “The theme all season has been ‘One heartbeat’. Understanding the concept of ‘Team before I’ was the main ingredient for the success they achieved. Their love and commitment to one another has been expressed over and over with each passing moment and it has been something special to witness.”
Over the past three years, this collective group of young men has earned themselves an impressive record of 25-3; bringing back the winning tradition of Bulldog history and setting the bar high for all to follow.
“As we played our last game in Hackettstown, I told the boys to keep setting goals, work hard towards those goals, and the end result will be all of your dreams coming true,” said Townsend.
“For my outstanding coaching staff and myself, it has been a true honor and privilege to mentor and lead these 36 outstanding young men. Closing this Chapter as a Bulldog is bittersweet, however opening the next Chapter as a Ram is going to be special for this group of talented young athletes.”
Townsend concluded with, “One Heartbeat Boys!”