RANDOLPH West Morris put together a strong running game and sturdy defense and came away with a 21-7 victory over Randolph in the NJAC-National on Friday night.
West Morris, which absorbed a 26-0 home loss to Delbarton last week, rode the running of Cole Draghi, who rushed 24 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
With the Wolfpack holding a 7-0 halftime lead, West Morris recovered a Randolph fumble early in the second half and, on the very first play after the turnover, Draghi broke free for a 42-yard touchdown. The second of three Pat Egan extra points put West Morris ahead, 14-0.
The Wolfpack clinched the victory late in the game when Solomon Holzworth plunged in from 1 yard out, moments after a Draghi run of 34 yards. Draghi’s run came immediately after teammate Peter Taylor intercepted a Randolph pass at his 40 and returned it 35 yards.
Randolph scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Carlo Zarro broke free on a sweep on the left side and rushed 56-yard to the end zone.
Neither team was able to move the ball in the first quarter but West Morris began to assert itself in the second. The Wolfpack took over after a Randolph punt and went 63 yards in seven plays, scoring when Cole Draghi went in standing up from 6 yards out.
Draghi spearheaded for drive for West Morris, rushing 58 yards on six carries, including two runs of 10 yards and one of 23 yards. One of his 10-yard runs began the drive and, after Randolph was whistled for offsides, he embarked on a 23-yard run.
Holzworth, Thomas Pelligrino, Erik Henwood, Will Modla, and Tyler Miller led the defensive charge as West Morris had its way with Randolph in the first half, forcing three three-and-outs.
Randolph had held West Morris in the first quarter. On the Wolfpack’s second possession, Randolph broke through twice to sack Wolfpack quarterback Cooper Sloan on back-to-back plays. Randolph’s Drew Koskinen and Matt Knox brought Sloan down the first time and Dan Gonzalez sacked Sloan the second time. Then on third down, Angelo Pico hit Bryce Sokolowski for a 4-yard loss.
Draghi almost scored another touchdown in the second quarter but it was brought back by a block-in-the-back penalty. The Wolfpack took over on the Randolph 48 and Draghi rushed for 6 yards before exploding into the secondary and getting to the Rams 1. But the penalty brought the ball all the way back to the 24. Four plays later, Randolph’s defense held.
West Morris 0 7 7 7 — 21
Randolph 0 0 0 7 — 7
WM–Cole Draghi 6 run (Pat Egan kick).
WM–Draghi 42 run (Egan kick).
R–Carlo Zarro 56 run (Nick Zach kick).
WM–Solomon Holzworth 1 run (Egan kick).
Team records — West Morris 3-1, Randolph 2-2.