on November 16, 2013 - 12:36 AM
ROCHESTER — Sometimes a football game does not require 48 minutes.
Sometimes it is a thrashing so thorough, a demolishing so devastating, the halftime horn just as easily could serve as the game’s final whistle.
This ballgame was over after two quarters.
At that point, Red Jacket had five three-and-outs, minus 11 yards and 0 points. As for the No. 1 Class D team in the state? Randolph had 10 first downs, 285 yards and 28 points.
The Cardinals (11-0), the defending state champs, are headed back to the New York State Class D final four after besting the Section V Indians (9-2), 49-0, in the Far West Regionals in front of an estimated 500 at Sahlen’s Stadium on Friday.
The margin of victory was the largest ever in a Far West Regionals game, in any class.
“I don’t care that it’s a ‘Class D’ school,” Red Jacket coach Marc Vitticore said of Randolph. “I used to coach in AA ball at Fairport for years, and that looks like a double A team. So my hat’s off to the Randolph players and coaches. I am humbled by that game, really proud just to be in that game with those guys.”
Randolph senior running back Chris Doubek said his team came out “like our hair was on fire.” His quarterback, senior Mitch Maycock, said the Cardinals rallied around pregame trash talk that became locker-room material.
“We had a little bit of motivation from them,” Maycock said. “They talked a lot before the game, and they were writing stuff, but we didn’t retaliate, too, and we decided to let our play speak for us.”
Doubek – a 5-foot-9 bowling-ball-type runner who switched from fullback to tailback this season – led his team. He finished with 18 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns, though his services were not needed much after the first half. Doubek now has 2,060 yards and 29 touchdowns this season.
His second score, a 54-yard scamper that put his team up 28-0, drew oohs and ahhs as he shoved off helpless defenders and refused to go to the ground.
“The whole line just opens up holes and everyone behind them,” Doubek said.
“It feels great to have 2,000 yards, but I’ve got to give all the credit to the line. That’s the only reason why I have those yards.”
Maycock, named the game’s offensive MVP, finished the evening 7 for 11 for 128 yards and two touchdowns and added a score on the ground.
“Not only did Mitch beat us with his arm, he beat us with his legs,” Vitticore said. “We were trying to key on Doubek, Doubek, Doubek, and then there goes Mitch up the sidelines.”
It wasn’t all offense, though. The Randolph “D” was unflappable. It held Red Jacket running back Kory Fogarty, who was averaging 8.99 yards per carry and had 1,896 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, to minus 13 yards.
This is the fourth time the Cardinals have won Far West Regionals. The previous three times they did it (2005, 2009, 2012), they went on to win the state championship.
“You get to this game – winning your section is a big one, that was a tough game last week – and then you get to this game, and now you’re starting to smell it,” said first-year Randolph coach Brent Brown. “Next week, no matter who we play, that’s gonna be an extremely tough one.”
Randolph will take on Section IV (Binghamton area) champ Tioga (10-0), the No. 2 team in the state, which on Friday defeated Section III (Syracuse) champ Herkimer, 43-13.
“We knew coming into this year not to look ahead, but we knew we’d probably see Tioga in the future, and now that we’re playing at such a high level, it’s gonna be a good game,” Maycock said.
The showdown will be back at Sahlen’s Stadium at 5 p.m. Friday.