* The numbers were better than expected for two-time defending state champion Randolph. Coach Brent Brown and his staff welcomed 60 prospects while they were figuring on 50. The Cardinals start the season on a 23-game winning streak, third best in NYS behind Maine-Endwell (38) and Babylon (24).
“The first thing we talked about is how we’re going to appoach it,” said Brown. “You have to remember it’s the work that gets you there and sometimes they have a hard time figuring that out. They’re still riding off last year. We lost six on offense and four on defense. We have a lot work to do, but they worked hard today.”
* It was the first day for the eight sophomores who started for St. Joe’s last year to make an impression. The Marauders are coming off a 7-4 season. They look to replace their Big 3: RB Nigel Davis, DE Tyler Hill and LB Rod Payne. All three were first team All-Western New York selections. Darren Thompson and Ryan Conschafter will be among the players to pick up the load from Davis and Payne. “They are very skilled guys. Despite the losses, we still feel pretty comfortable where we are,” said coach Dennis Gilbert.