Randolph Throttles Roxbury on Homecoming Night
Saturday, October 26, 2013 • 10:37am
RANDOLPH, NJ - With ceremonies honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1983 championship football team, as well as Homecoming and Senior Night, the Randolph High School football team defeated longtime rival Roxbury, 31-3, at the John J. Bauer Memorial Field.
The late, legendary football coach John Bauer Sr.’s wife, Gloria, was honored prior to kick-off along with players from the “83” team. Bauer led Randolph to seven State Championships, including the one in 1983. Current head coach Joe Lusardi said having Gloria at the game was special in itself.
“I have known Gloria for years, I worked under John, and it is great to get a win on a night when she was honored,” Lusardi said.
On a night where the seniors were honored for their last home game, a group of juniors made sure they went out on top. Brenan Corcoran, James Bertelli, Connor Logoyda and Jason Cohen all turned in strong performances for the Rams. Corcoran said that he and his fellow juniors really wanted this win for the seniors.
“I loved that I had probably my best game ever, and that I helped send the seniors out with a win against our rival Roxbury.”
Randolph attacked Roxbury on the ground, running Cohen up the middle for multiple first downs. This softened up the defense and set up the pass, where Randolph really did their damage. Junior Connor Logoyda opened the scoring with a 19 yard TD pass to Sean Murphy halfway through the first quarter. After Roxbury cut the lead to 7-3, the Rams took control of the game with a series of big plays.
With four minutes left in the half, James Bertelli hauled in a short pass and raced 61-yards to make the score 14-3.
On their next defensive series, Corcoran and sophomore Brian Gleeson combined to block a punt, giving the Rams the ball at the 21 yard line. Randolph struck on the next play with the double pass, Logoyda to Bertelli, who turned and fired downfield to Corcoran for the score to up 21-3 at the half.
For Lusardi, that was a key moment in the game.
He said: “Special teams play is so important, a big play like that, or a special teams score, always ignites a team and gives them momentum.”
The Rams kept that momentum going early in the third when Logoyda hit Corcoran in stride with a perfect strike down the middle for a 43-yard TD to go up 28-3. Senior kicker Frank Raggo hammered in a 42-yard FG to make the final tally 31-3.
A special flag ceremony was presented at the coin toss. Randolph and Roxbury team captains held a flag in honor of two graduates serving in the Military. The parents of Ryan Dunn of Randolph, and Sean Milde of Roxbury joined them on the field. Their sons are former rival football players who are now great friends serving together in Afghanistan.
Randolph takes the field on the road next week, against Parsippany Hills High School on Sat. Nov 2 at 1:00 PM.
Editor’s Note: Related articles to follow on the other ceremonies from the evening.