Right from the jump, it looked like things might go Colonia’s way Friday night.
The 5th-seeded Patriots got by 4th-seed Randolph on the road, 32-21, in the opening round of the North 2, Group 4 playoffs, thanks to its stars: Josh Oluremi and Jaeden Jones.
They accounted for all the first-half scoring, with Jones kicking things off by returning an interception 51-yards for a touchdown on Randolph’s very first offensive play. Oluremi had a long touchdown run, then found Jones through the air for another score.
The win might have Colonia fans partying like it’s 2014, when the Patriots made a surprise run through the playoffs and took Phillipsburg to the brink at Rutgers, coming within a few feet of beating the Stateliners for the North 2, Group 4 title.
In any event, next up is top-seed Irvington (8-2) on the road next Friday night. The Blue Knights got by 8th-seed Linden 11-6 in their opening round game.
Click below to hear Colonia head coach Tom Roarty talk about the Patriots’ victory: