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Randolph’s Xander Hind tries for a layup while getting blocks from teammates Talon Rowland (17) and Ryan Carpenter (65) during Friday’s Class D game against Clymer/Sherman/Panama in Randolph. PJ photo by Tim Frank

RANDOLPH — Randolph’s offensive line is proving to give opponents problems this fall.

With fullback Peyton Slade leading the way for senior running back Xander Hind, the Cardinals are nearly unstoppable.

Hind ran 39 times for 340 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 16-yard score as Randolph opened Class D play with a 35-18 win over Clymer/Sherman/Panama on Friday night.

“(Xander) wants to carry the load,” Randolph head coach Brent Brown said. “So we let him carry the load.”

Running behind a wave of Jacob Dexter, Sterling Skye, Elial Bryan, Dylan Schrader and Ryan Carpenter up front, Hind was able to gain a few yards before contact every time he carried the ball.

The Wolfpack’s Alex Barmore runs from Hind with one of his three receptions. PJ photo by Tim Frank

“We’ve been telling them this game is on their backs because we’re a pound-for-pound team,” Hind said of his teammates. “The linemen got fed today. It was on the shoulders of the linemen, tight ends and fullbacks. … They were crazy.”

After the Wolfpack made contact, Hind did the rest of the work, breaking up several tackles on his way to another big Week 2 performance. Last season, in a 36-26 Week 2 win over Franklinville/Ellicottville, Hind ran 44 times for 330 yards and four touchdowns as the Cardinals jumpstarted their Section VI championship campaign.

“I kept trying to get somebody in” Brown said, “but he just kept wanting to stay there.”

C/S/P was a tough test for Randolph on Friday and would have been late in the game if not for a pair of punts that reached the 1-yard line before the Wolfpack could only come away with 3 points.

“We dropped into the red zone a few times and didn’t score” Wolfpack head coach Ty Harper said. “… This is quite disappointing.”

Randolph’s Ryan Carpenter (65) looks for someone to block during Friday’s Class D game against Clymer/Sherman/Panama in Randolph. PJ photo by Tim Frank

Sophomores Tate Cattanese and Bryce Hinsdale had C/S/P hitters in defeat. Catanese completed 23 of a career-high 40 attempts for 346 yards, as Hinsdale broke the receiving record with 13 en route to 148 yards.

“At the beginning of the game he was maybe a little overwhelmed … but as the game went on he got better. He definitely got his feet under him and showed a lot of leadership there.” Harper said of Catanese, adding, “Bryce Hinsdale was obviously phenomenal.”

Slade scored the game’s first points on a 15-yard touchdown run after an 80-yard drive that was capped by a 22-yard run by Hind. Maverick Adams added a 2-point run and the Cardinals led 8-0 after the first quarter.

The Wolfpack converted a pair of fourth downs on their next drive and had a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line before a third-down sack forced them to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Hinsdale.

Hind had runs of 24 and 28 yards on Randolph’s next drive before quarterback Carson Conley scored on an 8-yard run to make it 14-3 with 5:49 left in the second quarter.

“He’s an amazing player. I’ve been doing this for a while and he’s as good a running back as I’ve ever coached against. He runs hard,” Harper said of Hind. “It’s very difficult to take him down with the first player. We probably didn’t do a good enough job of fighting the gangs tonight.

C/S/P struck quickly on the ensuing drive as Catanese hit Hinsdale for 24 yards and Dylan Michael for 15 yards before a 42-yard touchdown pass to Alex Barmore on second-and-20 made it 14-10 after the Hinsdale PAT.

“I think Alex will be a really special player. You see glimpses of that every week.” Harper said. “Once he puts it all together and starts realizing what type of player he is, I think you’ll see him take off.”

The Cardinals regained their two-goal lead shortly after halftime when Conley followed Hinds’ 33-yard run with a 1-yard keeper to make it 21-10 after the first of three punts after Griffin Nelson’s punt.

The Wolfpack’s ensuing drive ended again at the 1-yard line on an incomplete pass, and they got to the Randolph 21-yard line on their next drive, but another fourth down pass was incomplete.

“You have to give them credit, that kid threw the ball well. We had some pressure that wasn’t hit and he got rid of the ball before we got there.” Brown said of the Wolfpack. “… They played to the bitter end and made a game out of it.”

Hind’s touchdown catch made it 28-10; C/S/P’s Trent Burhanowski scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down to make it 28-18; and Hind capped the game with a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining.

“I thought our guys were fighting tonight,” Harper said. “There were definitely things we could have done better on both sides of the ball.”

First place in Class D will be on the line again next week as Randolph travels to Franklinville to face the Titans, who defeated Wilson 36-16 on Friday.

“Every game is big” Hind said, “but these two games against the rivals are huge.”

Clymer/Sherman/Panama 0 10 0 8 — 18

Randolph 8 6 7 14 — 35

Ran–Slade 15 run (Adams run)

C/S/P–Hinsdale 24 field goal

Ran–Conley 8 run (pass failed)

C/S/P–Barmore 42 pass from Catanese (Hinsdale kick)

Rahn–Conley 1 run (Nelson hit)

Run-Hind 16 pass from Conley (Nelson kick)

C/S/P–Burchanowski 1 run (Hinsdale pass by Catanese)

Ran–Hind 4 run (Nelson strike)

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