Recognizing the Randolph High School Varsity Football Teamby Representative Tom Reed
Posted on 2015-01-07
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Mr. REED. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate the
Randolph High School varsity football team on winning the 2014 New York
State Public High School Athletic Association championship.
Led by head coach Brent Brown, Randolph claimed the Class D title by defeating Chester Academy 48-41 in front of a raucous crowd at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Randolph won the state championship for the third straight year, becoming the first school from Section 6 to ever win three consecutive state titles.
The Cardinals put on an impressive offensive performance on the strength of their ground game. Quarterback Bryce Morrison rushed for 175 yards and five touchdowns; running back Devyn Nelsen rushed for 289 yards and one touchdown. Before hoisting the championship trophy, Randolph had to overcome a large deficit. The team trailed 27-6 at halftime before scoring on all of their second-half possessions, including 28 consecutive points. In a game that featured two high- powered offenses and 89 total points, the defining moment was an outstanding defensive play. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Bryce Morrison intercepted a pass to complete the comeback and secure Randolph's third straight state championship.
Although football is a team game, I would like to recognize a few notable accomplishments by individual Randolph players. Bryce Morrison was named Section 6 Class D Co-Offensive Player of the Year. In addition, Morrison, Devyn Nelsen, Mason Bosley, Michael Bowers, Jeff Andrews, and Tyler Stahley were named ``First Team All-Stars.'' The hard work and dedication displayed by these young men is truly inspiring. The team is a source of pride within Cattaraugus County and across New York's 23rd Congressional District.