MENDHAM, NJ- The difficult loss in the season’s opening game is now further away in the rear view mirror for the Randolph Rams football team. The Rams won their second straight game to up their record to 2-1 with a 14-6 victory over Mendham on Saturday Sept. 26.
Junior running back Carlo Zarro described the turn of events, stating “The loss to Chatham really gave us the fire that we needed. It showed us what it felt like to lose a tough game, and we took that as a lesson to never let that happen again.”
The game started strong for Mendham, who took the opening kickoff and drove 73 yards in nine plays to take the early lead on a 2 yard TD run. After missing the point after, the score was Mendham 6-0. From there, the Rams defense buckled down and slammed the door on Mendham.
Led by Drew Koskinen, who had a sack, and strong play at linebacker from Chris Flynn and Nick Zach, the Minutemen would be stuck staring at that number 6 on the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
The Rams took the ball and answered back. QB Carmine Capalbo said, “On our scoring drive, we ran and threw pretty evenly. It was a great drive for us.”
That drive ended when Carlo Zarro took the ball across the goal line from 6 yards out to give the Rams a 7-6 lead they would take into halftime.
After the half, the Rams stuck to grinding it out on the ground, playing ball control and getting some insurance points in the third when Zarro raced down the sideline for a 42 yard TD and a 14-6 lead.
On the TD run, Zarro explained, “I just saw daylight out to the sideline after I shook off the first tackler, and Mendham was not ready for it.”
Zarro continued, “If it weren’t for my line, I wouldn’t have scored either of those TD’s. They really showed up today and opened holes for me and all the other backs.”
From there, the Rams held on and took home win number two. Capalbo said, “We are starting to realize what clicks for us. The chemistry is getting better, and defense and special teams are all improving. We are coming together great, but we do still have some things to fix.”
And they know full well that they better get busy with that. Next up is a West Morris team who delivered the Rams a disappointing loss last year, followed by perennial power Delbarton.
Zarro agreed with Capalbo, and concluded, “These two wins are good, but they are behind us now. We have mistakes to fix. West Morris will be tough and that is all we are focused on now.”
The Rams play West Morris at home, 7 p.m. on Oct. 2.