9/20/2013 11:20:00 AM Big offense leads to first RHS win
by Mike Dalton
The Randolph Rockets committed three turnovers in their first three possessions Friday night, but then bounced back to score 26 points and beat Alden-Conger 26-14. It was the Rockets' first win of the season.
Alden capitalized on one of Randolph's early turnovers to take an 8-0 lead. The Rockets responded with a 70-yard drive, capped off with a 5-yard touchdown run by Justin Waldvogel.
On Alden's next possession, freshman linebacker Charlie Wille Jr. stripped the ball away from the Knights' running back and scampered 35 yards for a defensive touchdown. A-C then drove down the length of the field to score on a 10-yard pass.
Another good Rocket drive ended with a 33-yard scoring run by Waldvogel. After Alden-Conger fumbled the ensuing kickoff, quarterback Luke Dubbels hit Hunter Ehlers for a 37-yard TD pass that finished the scoring.
Randolph's offense ended the game with 426 yards of total offense. Waldvogel had 152 yards rushing with two touchdowns, and Dubbels completed 12 of 29 passes for 194 yards and a score; he also had 52 yards rushing. Austin Moorhouse had three catches for 70 yards, Drake Speight four for 49 yards, and Ehlers three for 60 yards and a TD.
Wille had 10 tackles and two fumble recoveries, and Zach Sirinek had two sacks.
"It was a frustrating way to start the game, but we kept telling the guys that it was a long game, and that good things will happen," coach Chris Stanton said. "Our defensive line played a great game; Brady Johnson and Zach Sirinek were constantly wreaking havoc in their backfield.
"I was pleased with our effort all night," he continued. "Everyone contributed, and it all started with our focus in practice leading up to the game. We are looking to improve every week, and we know we have a big, physical GHEC team to prepare for this week."
Randolph is host to Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Friday night, at 7 p.m.