RANDOLPH For the first two games of the 2015 season, Delbarton could not find its footing. But on Friday night, following a heavy rainstorm, Delbarton’s running game found sure footing on a wet field rushing for three touchdowns in a 40-20 defeat of Randolph.
Luca Tria and Anthony Siragusa led Delbarton with two touchdowns each.
The Green Wave’s victory spoiled Randolph’s 20th anniversary celebration of its 1995 team, which current Rams coach Tarig Holman played on. The Rams dropped to 2-3, the latest they have been under 500 since 2011.
Randolph jumped out to a 6-0 lead on its first drive. Anthony Salemi started the drive with a 48-yard run to the Delbarton 37. Two completed passes by quarterback Alex Vanderbilt and a nine-yard run by Carlo Zarro gave Randolph first-and-goal at the Delbarton 10-yard line. On the next play, Randolph surprised the Delbarton defense as the offensive line pulled left, and Vanderbilt ran a naked bootleg right, running untouched into the end zone.
Delbarton (3-2) answered right back behind the backfield tandem of Andrew Sanders and Luca Tria. Sanders gained 16 hard-earned yards running between the tackles, while Tria gained 23 yards on five carries running the Wildcat. With the ball on the Randolph 18-yard line, quarterback Matt Zebrowski faked a handoff, rolled out to the right and found Anthony Siragusa out of the backfield, who caught the ball around the 10-yard line, turned upfield, and ran the rest of the way untouched for the score. Carter Massengill added the extra point to give Delbarton a 7-6 lead.
Delbarton’s running backs came into the game averaging 5.9 yards per carry. A wet field and a tough Randolph defensive line led by Chris Flynn prevented Sanders and Tria from breaking off long gains in the first half, but the Delbarton duo was able to lower its shoulders and grind out the tough yards to keep drives alive.
Delbarton increased its lead on their next drive, chewing up yards and clock with the ground game. Beginning at their 20-yard line, the Green wave mixed nine running plays with two completed passes by Zebrowski going 80 yards in 11 plays. Luca Tria capped the drive with a 2-yard dive behind the block of Eric Lenz to give Delbarton a 14-6 lead.
With Randolph bringing extra players to the line of scrimmage to stop the Green Wave’s ground game, Delbarton went to the air. Zebrowski showed poise in the pocket, completing all six of his pass attempts in the first half for 97 yards and one touchdown. Zebrowski finished the game 8-for-8 for 139 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters.
Delbarton put the game out of reach in the third quarter as Sanders broke off his longest run of the night with a 22-yard run. The Green Wave added to their lead when Siragusa recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
Vanderbilt had left the game midway through the second quarter following a sack by Delbarton’s Michael Huston, and was replaced by Carmine Capalbo. Vanderbilt returned to the game midway through the third quarter, and led Randolph to a fourth-quarter touchdown, teaming up with Nick Hafner on a 7-yard pass.
DELBARTON 40, RANDOLPH 20
R-Alex Vanderbilt 10 run (run failed)
D-Anthony Siragusa 18 pass from Matt Zebrowski (Carter Massengill kick)
D-Luca Tria 2 run (Massengill kick)
D-Tria 3 run (kick failed)
D-Andrew Sanders 22 run (Massengill kick)
D-Siragusa recovered block punt in end zone (Pass failed)
D-Sam Johnson 32 pass from Matt Zebrowski (Massengill kick)
R-Nick Hafner 7 pass from Alex Vanderbilt (Nick Zach kick)
R-Kyle Campbell 22 pass from Carmine Capalbo (Zach kick)
Team records: Delbarton 3-2 Randolph 2-3