First quarter leads Cards past Cougars

OBSERVER Staff Report

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Randolph Cardinals (6-0) scored early and often en route to a 49-14 victory over the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (1-5) on Saturday in Class D high school football.

The Cardinals scored 28 points in the opening frame and rushed for 474 yards on the day, led by Chris Dubeck, who ran for 303 yards.

“They were doing their thing,” Cassadaga Valley coach Nick Spitzer said. “They ran a couple plays to the outside and we weren’t there for contain and they scored pretty easily.”

Randolph increased the lead to 35-0 at halftime.

“They are No. 1 in the state for a reason,” Spitzer said of Randolph. “They executed on us in that first quarter, that’s for sure. They have a tremendous ground game. Their offensive line is extremely disciplined. They are big, strong and tough.”

In the third quarter, the Cougars got on the scoreboard as Anthony Miller hit Jordan Crabtree for a 1-yard touchdown reception.

Cassadaga Valley’s final score came in the final stanza as Miller found Crabtree once again, this time from 18-yards out.

Kyle Ruge was 2 for 2 on the day at extra-point attempts.

Defensively, the Cougars were led by Evan Torres’ eight tackles. Anthony Miller and Chase Jones each had five in defeat.

Despite the loss, Spitzer was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We were playing a lot of new faces and they had to get their feet wet,” he said. “Once they got them wet and started playing, they did a good job, especially in the second quarter. We did pretty good in the second half, too. I’m proud of the guys. We got a lot more positives than negatives.”