ROTTERDAM — It was clear early on in Saturday’s football game between Schalmont and Lansingburgh which team was going to remain unbeaten.
Schalmont put three touchdowns on the board in a matter of minutes and continued to display its superiority on offense in a 46-14 Class B Reinfurt Division win.
“You had two unbeaten teams,” Schalmont senior receiver and cornerback Darius Green said after the Sabres improved to 3-0 in the “Fall II” season. “If we took them lightly, they would have run all over us. We played 100% and did what we had to do.”
Receiver-turned-quarterback Trent Randle threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Green, and Rodney Parker ran for two touchdowns in a game that saw the Sabres score the first 40 points.
Randle found Green with touchdown passes of 41 and 25 yards to begin the scoring fest, and Parker ran a yard into the end zone as Schalmont quickly built a 20-0 lead.
Lansingburgh aided Schalmont’s cause in the opening minutes with three fumbles, losing one which set up Parker’s TD.
“We knew they had talent,” Randle, a senior, said after completing 10 of 12 passes for 166 yards. “We have talent. We wanted to punch them in the face as soon as possible.”
The early scoring burst was just what Schalmont coach Joe Whipple was hoping for.
“We’ve got to get out and play fast with the injuries we have so we don’t put pressure on our defense,” Whipple said.
The Knights put together three solid first-half drives after falling behind 20-0, but came up empty on a pair of fourth down plays, and had the clock run out after
Parker’s sack of Matt Rodriguez at the Sabres’ 8.
The Sabres notched five sacks in all, with Parker and Mark Nardini both in on two of them.
“We dominated on offense, and we dominated on defense, too,” Green said.
Parker capped Schalmont’s first drive of the third quarter with a 19-yard scoring run which was part of the senior’s 14-carry, 100-yard effort. Green hauled in six passes for 132 yards including a 48-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
“All offseason, me and Trent were working on routes,” said Green. “The routes we did today, that’s what we worked on.”
Randle threw his fourth touchdown pass, a 9-yarder to Max Pratt, in the fourth quarter.
“I was a little shaky in the beginning of the season,” said Randle, who will go back to catching passes when he attends Division II Mansfield University next school year. “I’m getting the hang of it.”
“He’s playing well, Whipple said.
Randle ran five times for 83 yards, with his 19- and 16-yard jaunts setting up a 5-yard scoring run by Sean Willis.
Izayah Bashford and Rodriguez accounted for the Lansingburgh (2-1) touchdowns.
Lansingburgh 0 0 8 6 — 14
Schalmont 20 14 6 6 — 46
S — Green 41 pass from Randle (Shultis kick)
S — Green 25 pass from Randle (Shultis kick)
S — Parker 1 run (kick failed)
S — Parker 19 run (Shultis kick)
S — Green 48 pass from Randle (Shultis kick)
S — Willis 5 run (kick failed)
L — Bashford 20 run (Hardt pass from Rodriguez)
S — Pratt 9 pass from Randle (kick failed)
L — Rodriguez 7 run (run failed)