RANDOLPH - In two games, Randolph's first-team offense has gone a perfect 11-for-11. That's 11 possessions and 11 touchdowns.
Playing only half the game for the second straight week, the Cardinals' starters scored every time they had the ball Friday night, opening up a 42-0 halftime lead that their backups turned into a 50-0 victory over Ellicottville/West Valley in Class D football.
Against Westfield last week, Randolph got five touchdowns from its offense and one from its defense as it jumped out to the same 42-0 halftime lead.
Randolph’s Nick Hettenbaugh catches a halfback pass from Bryce Morrison for a touchdown behind Ellicottville/West Valley’s Lorenzo Smith during Friday night’s Class D game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
''I'm not surprised,'' Ellicottville coach Chad Bartoszek said. ''They're a great team, a great program. They've been rolling for years. They really played tonight.''
The Cardinals (2-0) rolled up 331 rushing yards on 33 carries and added 110 passing yards as their offense seemingly moved the ball at will. Their defense, meanwhile, limited the Eagles to just seven rushing yards on 22 carries.
''I'll tell you what, defensively we were super,'' Randolph coach Brent Brown said. ''We were in their backfield quite a bit, which from the beginning of the game gave us good field position. When you play defense like that, it's huge. We started at midfield almost every single drive.''
Ellicottville (1-1) only had two first downs in the game and totaled just 40 yards on offense.
''I don't think we showed up and gave ourselves even a shot,'' Bartoszek said. ''The kids didn't give themselves a chance to compete. The outcome of the game is what it is, but not giving ourselves a chance to compete is a big disappointment.''
Chris Doubek led Randolph with 12 carries for 146 yards and the senior running back scored four touchdowns for the second straight game. Lucas Brown added 87 yards and a touchdown on six carries and quarterback Mitchell Maycock completed 4-of-8 passes for 67 yards.
The Cardinals opened the scoring on a nifty play, with Maycock handing the ball to Bryce Morrison on what appeared to be an end-around. Instead, Morrison stopped in the backfield and launched the ball to a wide-open Nick Hettenbaugh, who hauled in the pass and scampered into the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown. Micah Kehoe - a perfect 5-for-5 on his point-after tries - put Randolph on top, 7-0, less than three minutes into the game.
Brown scored on a 27-yard run and Doubek added a 7-yard touchdown run to put the Cardinals up, 21-0, after the first quarter.
Doubek added second-quarter touchdown runs of 29 yards, 2 yards and 1 yard as Randolph put the game firmly out of reach.
While the Cardinals were scoring on each of their first-half possessions, the Eagles were struggling to move the ball. Four of their six drives went backwards as they finished with just 12 yards of offense over the first two periods. One possession they punted on third down, the next they went for it on fourth down - and came up short.
To add injury to insult, running back Lorenzo Smith had to be taken from the field in an ambulance after his neck snapped back when he was hit while attempting to make a catch of an underthrown pass.
''The part that hurts right now is that we had a couple serious injuries,'' Bartoszek said. ''That changes my mood a bit right now. But I'm a big film guy. We'll hammer it out. We'll get right back to work. We've got expectations and we need to get better before we play Westfield.''
Sam Jacobi scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 40-yard run and the freshman tacked on a two-point conversion run.
Cody Oldro led Randolph defensively with eight tackles and two assists. Doubek had eight tackles with one assist and Brown had seven tackles with an assist.
Despite two lopsided victories to open the season, Brown said his team still has things to work on before travelling to Frewsburg next weekend.
''I know our offensive line has kind of been the difference in these two games but we still have to clean some stuff up,'' Brown said. ''We missed a couple blocks. I think we weren't communicating all the way and we had a couple kids go untouched and they hit us hard. We definitely have to clean that up.''
Ellicottville 0 0 0 0 - 0
Randolph 21 21 0 8 - 50
Ran-Hettenbaugh 42 pass from Morrison (Kehoe kick)
Ran-Brown 27 run (Kehoe kick)
Ran-Doubek 7 run (Kehoe kick)
Ran-Doubek 29 run (Kehoe kick)
Ran-Doubek 2 run (Kehoe kick)
Ran-Doubek 1 run (Kehoe kick)
Ran-Jacobi 40 run (Jacobi run)