By Jay Young
ROCHESTER - The Randolph Cardinals proved to all who turned out at Sahlen's Stadium on Friday night that their No. 1 state ranking in the New York State Sportswriters Association poll is no fluke.
With teammates Jeff Andrews (75), Michael Bowers (70) and Wesley Senn (77) clearing the way, Randolph fullback Lucas Brown (25) gains yardage during Friday’s Class D Far West Regional at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. Below, the Cardinals’ Bryce Morrison scores a first-quarter touchdown following a 25-yard pass reception. Randolph rolled to a 49-0 victory over Red Jacket of Section 5.
The defending Class D state champions (11-0) stretched their overall winning streak to 21 games when they routed Section 5's Red Jacket (9-2), 49-0, in the Far West Regional at Sahlen's Stadium.
Halfback Chris Doubek, tight end Bryce Morrison, and quarterback Mitch Maycock played near-perfect games on offense and proved impossible for the Indian defense to handle.
"We just tried to do what we have been doing all year long," Randolph coach Brent Brown said.
Well, the Cardinals certainly did that, and then some.
Randolph will now meet No. 2 Tioga of Section 4, a 43-13 winner over Herkimer last night, in the state semifinals. That game will kick off at 5 p.m., next Friday, back at Sahlen's Stadium.
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Last season, the Cardinals edged the Tigers, 7-6, on their way to their third state title.
''You can expect a good game,'' Brown said.
Last night's contest was the polar opposite as Randolph dominated from the outset. The most impressive thing about the rout was the way Brown's team changed its style of play to suit their opponent. Dominating all year long with power rushing out of tight sets, Randolph completely gouged Red Jacket all night long with atypical option formations and consistent passing.
Maycock finished 7-of-11 through the air for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and added a score on a 9-yard run, taking home offensive most valuable player honors.
Maycock's first touchdown came on a 23-yard throw to Morrison, who drove his way into the end zone at 2:06 of the first quarter. Morrison then put the game completely out of reach at 7:56 of the third quarter when Maycock hit him with another throw, this time from 18 yards out.
"Obviously we have a great runner in (Doubek)," Maycock said, "we had good blocking all night and that helped me get the ball to Bryce on some throws.
"We were hoping this would be the result, but you never know.
Just five minutes after his second throw to Morrison, Maycock led the Cardinals on another drive that he finished with a 9-yard score on a quarterback keeper.
The only battle that Randolph lost all night long was the coin toss at the beginning of the game.
After Micah Kehoe booted the opening kickoff to Red Jacket's Sean Sheets, Red Jacket started its drive from its own 16-yard line. It was there that the Indians got their first taste of a Randolph defense that was a nightmare for the remaining four quarters.
Red Jacket quickly punted on a three and out, and Doubek promptly led Randolph down the field on its first drive. The possession was finished off by Devyn Nelsen, who found the end zone from 3 yards out.
As good as the Cardinals were when they had the ball, it was their defensive line and linebacking corps that were most impressive. Randolph held junior Kory Fogarty, who entered the game with nearly 2,000 yards rushing, to negative yardage. In fact, the Indians only gained four first downs all night, two of which came on penalties.
One bright spot for Red Jacket was linebacker Andrew Ogrodowski, who led both teams in tackles and earned defensive MVP honors for his performance.
Doubek finished with 124 yards on 18 carries, including two touchdowns in the opening half. On a run with 3:26 left in the second quarter, Doubek broke three tackles on a drive around the left edge for 54 yards that ended in a score. The senior now has more than 2,000 yards on the ground this season.
The final touchdown for the Cardinals came on a 4-yard run by backup quarterback Derek Young with nine minutes left.
Other offensive standouts for Randolph were Lucas Brown, who totaled 97 yards on 12 carries, and fullback Wesley Sluga, who had 81 yards on 11 touches.
Keith Rizzo was the only Indian to find any positive offensive production, finishing with 19 yards on six carries.
Randolph 14 14 14 7 - 49
Red Jacket 0 0 0 0 - 0
Ran - Nelsen run 3 (Kehoe kick good)
Ran - Morrison 25 pass from Maycock (Kehoe kick good)
Ran - Doubek run 4 (Kehoe kick good)
Ran - Doubek run 54 (Kehoe kick good)
Ran - Morrison pass 18 from Maycock (Kehoe kick good)
Ran - Maycock run 9 (Kehoe kick good)
Ran - Young run 4 ( Kehoe kick good)