Beach Channel Beats Far Rock In The Nick Of Time
By Elio Velez and Dale Mcilwain
The Far Rockaway vs. Beach Channel "Battle of the Beach" game was supposed to start last Saturday at 11 a.m. Minutes before game time, the Dolphins had not shown up and Far Rock officials and the team had questioned if there was going to be a game at all.
Once Beach Channel finally arrived, the Dolphins had answered all the questions and the game.
With an attacking defense and a timely offense, Beach Channel defeated Far Rockaway 14-0.
Beach Channel gets to 3-3 on the year as their playoff chances improved greatly with their win. Far Rock falls to 4-2 as their playoff chances weakened.
Far Rockaway looked fired up as they headed out the locker room but a number of factors led the Seahorses to lose their second game of the year.
The Far Rock running game, with standout junior RB Michael Toney, could not get it going against the tough BC defense. Toney could only muster 27 yards on 11 carries and the Seahorses’ offense began to get frustrated.
BC Seniors Robert Deutchman and Jason McCoy helped the Dolphins stymie Far Rock’s offense. McCoy had a game high ten tackles and Deutchman had two sacks and nine tackles.
Deutchman, who switched from defensive tackle to defensive end for the first time this season, told of Beach Channel’s game plan.
"We just lost to two teams in a row that played the same exact offense, (Bayside and Kennedy at home) and we knew what they (Far Rockaway) were going to do. Everybody was just focused."
The BC offense was efficient when they got the ball as QB Luis Santana scored on a 4 yard touchdown on the Dolphins’ second series to make it 6-0. Allan Trujillo’s extra point was blocked.
Beach Channel was opportunistic once again as RB Paul Washington took control of their second quarter drive. Washington ran for a 14-yard run on his first carry, scored on a 7-yard touchdown run and scored the two-point conversion.
It was 14-0 and though the defense held the BC offense to little yardage in the second half, the Far Rock offense could not get it going.
QB Christo Howard threw two interceptions with 1 of them ending a 4th quarter drive. The second good drive for the Seahorses ended on a blindside sack by Deutchman to end any hopes of a comeback.
Far Rockaway seemed to lose their focus during the game as they committed game high ten penalties and seven in the first period alone.
Far Rockaway head coach Les Sabbah was not pleased at his team’s effort.
"They stopped us today. We didn’t play the first half. There was guys running around in red jerseys but they weren’t playing football."
"There was enough blame to go around from the staff on down today."
McCoy, who was hobbling at the end of the game with a sprained ankle, talked about the team’s focus. "It was just an example of our team coming together as a team today. It’s a big game for the peninsula and we had to do what we had to do to make the playoffs."
Robert Deutchman and the other BC players had thought that the game would start at 12 p.m. instead of an hour earlier. "Our schedule that we got said the game was at 12 and we’re usually here (at Far Rockaway) like an hour before. We warmed up in school early and then arrived here just to focus on the game."
Beach Channel was given a 15-yard penalty by the referees as soon as they entered the field. BC Coach Marty Senall was very upset with the call.
The rule is that teams must arrive on time and if there is any delay past 15 or 30 minutes, the game would have been forfeited and Far Rock would have won the game.
Beach Channel improved their playoff positioning when the PSAL released their power point system. BC has 191 points and if they win their last 2 games, they would have a playoff spot. Far Rock, at 190, must also win their last 2 games to make the playoffs.