MENDHAM, NJ- Coming off their best offensive performance of the season where they scored 35 points against Morris Knolls, the Randolph Rams football team took it up one more notch and racked up 42 against Mendham on Friday Oct. 23.
The Rams defense turned in their best performance of the season as well, recording their first shut out this year by keeping Mt. Olive scoreless. Led by Drew Koskinen with two sacks, Chris Flynn with a forced fumble, and OLB Sean Makovec who was all over the field, the defense brought their “A” game at a time the Rams needed it most.
The best opportunity for Mt. Olive came on a big kick return that put them near the Rams 40 in the first quarter. However, the Randolph defense shut down that threat by forcing a turnover on downs.
On the Rams first possession, they set the tone early with a steady dose of Zarro and Hafner carrying the rock and grinding it out down to the Mt. Olive 3 yard line. Hafner had a big catch and run on third down to keep the drive alive for Randolph. Once they reached the three, Anthony Salemi took the ball on a sweep into the end zone to give Randolph an early 7-0 lead.
After Flynn forced a fumble, Randolph struck again, this time using only one play as QB Carmine Capalbo threw a 30 yard TD pass to Carlo Zarro for a 14-0 lead.
Zarro added TD runs of 25 yards and 4 yards to stake Randolph to a 28-0 halftime lead. Kyle Campbell had a big catch and run for 26 yards on the Rams march to their third TD.
Feeling good about their outburst, the Rams stayed focused on defense, and added more points on offense in the second half.
Zarro scored on a 7 yard run in the third, and the final points were tallied by Eric Lebrano on a late run in the fourth.
Rams coach Tarig Holman commended his troops on the big win. According to Holman, the win was “important and gives us shot at the playoffs.” Holman told his team to “Focus on having another great week of practice and preparing for the game against Roxbury.”
The Rams play next Friday night, 7 p.m. at home against Roxbury, in their homecoming game.