FREWSBURG - Through the season's first two games, the Randolph Cardinals' first-team offense had not been kept out of the end zone and their first-team defense had not allowed an opponent into the end zone.
Both streaks came to an end Friday night but, other than that, not much changed for the defending Class D state champions. Randolph followed up its decisive victories over Westfield/Brocton and Ellicottville/West Valley with a 42-8 non-league win over Frewsburg.
The Cardinals had outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 84-0 in the first halves of their games - scoring on all 11 of their offensive possessions - which allowed their reserves to get plenty of playing time throughout the second half.
Randolph’s Chris Doubek scores a touchdown on a 22-yard run during Friday’s non-league football game at Frewsburg. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Frewsburg (2-0, 2-1) finally scored a first-half touchdown against Randolph when Trevor Spicer drove into the end zone from 2 yards out with 4:59 remaining in the first half. And the Cardinals' starting offense was finally stopped on their ensuing possession, when quarterback Mitch Maycock was intercepted by Spicer.
Randolph (2-0, 3-0) scored on its other five first-half possessions to open up a 35-8 halftime lead and the starters tacked on another touchdown to open the second half before giving way to the backups.
''I have not seen a team as physical and dominating as they were tonight,'' Frewsburg coach Terry Gray said. ''We knew it from the film. We knew they were very good. They controlled every aspect of the game. I thought out kids played hard, they were just the better team tonight.''
For the third straight game, Randolph running back Chris Doubek had four touchdowns, scoring on the Cardinals' first four possessions on runs of 19, 48, 12 and 24 yards.
''Doubek runs the ball pretty hard,'' Randolph coach Brent Brown said. ''He's tough to tackle. But we give him some holes, too.''
Indeed, Randolph's play along both sides of the line was again the biggest reason for its success moving the ball and stopping its opponent.
''That's been the difference every week and it certainly was tonight,'' Brown said. ''Our line is just big and strong and that is the biggest difference in all three of our games.''
''They're physicality dictates entire games,'' Gray said. ''We pushed as hard as we can push and there was nowhere to go.''
The Bears were limited to just five first downs and 166 yards of total offense. The Cardinals, meanwhile, amassed 413 total yards - including 312 rushing yards on 41 carries - and picked up 18 first downs.
Maycock completed 8 of 14 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, collecting most of his yardage on the drive that followed his interception. Maycock completed 5 of 7 passes for 59 yards to key a scoring drive that covered 80 yards in 1:38. Lucas Brown hauled in a Maycock pass from 15 yards out to cap the drive with six seconds left in the first half.
Maycock's other touchdown pass went to Bryce Morrison for 3 yards early in the third quarter. Micah Kehoe capped the scoring with his sixth extra point, putting the Cardinals on top, 42-8, with 8:27 remaining in the third quarter.
Spicer finished with 77 yards and the touchdown on 10 carries to lead the Bears, who will travel to Panama next weekend for a Class DD contest. Brady Collver completed 3 of 11 passes for 81 yards, while Jordan Ingerson connected with Josh Nelson for a two-point conversion.
Doubek had eight tackles and three assists for Randolph, while Brown and Cody Oldro each had seven tackles and three assists.
Up next for Randolph is a Week Four showdown against rival Maple Grove next Friday night.
''This is our favorite week,'' Brown said. ''You know it's always going to be a good game. The kids are excited to play up there. This is a big week. Practice is fun, the game is fun it should be a good one.''
Randolph 21 14 7 0 - 42
Frewsburg 0 8 0 0 - 8
Ran-Doubek 19 run. Kehoe kick
Ran-Doubek 48 run. Kehoe kick
Ran-Doubek 12 run. Kehoe kick
Ran-Doubek 24 run. Kehoe kick
Frew-Spicer 2 run. Nelson pass from Ingerson
Ran-Brown 15 pass from Maycock. Kehoe kick
Ran-Morrison 3 pass from Maycock. Kehoe kick