2002-11-02 / Sports

Far Rockaway’s Homecoming Day A Big Success

By Elio Velez and Dale Mcilwain

By Elio Velez and Dale Mcilwain

On Homecoming Day, Far Rockaway had to wake up from the remnants of their previous week’s loss against Beach Channel. They also had to bounce back into the playoff picture with a good win.

The Seahorses woke up.

Far Rock came out strong with a 14-0 lead at the half and never looked back in a 34-8 victory over Queens division rival Long Island City. Far Rock improved to 6-2 (5-2 PSAL Queens Division) and Long Island City lost their fourth in a row and fell to 3-4.

In the first quarter, both teams had already committed a turnover when Far Rock got the ball back and scored on the most impressive drive of the game.

On a second down and 15 from the LIC 46, QB Christo Howard completed a 13-yard pass to Jamol Hill and Hill completed the first down with a run. On the 12th play of the drive, Howard completed a 9-yard pass to James Romain for the 6-0 lead and Marlon Rodriguez scored on the 2-point conversion to lead 8-0.

The Far Rock D came out to play as they contained the high scoring LIC Bulldogs. At the 10:20 mark of the second quarter, Far Rock’s Ricardo Remy recovered a Jose Re Williams fumble and the offense quickly took advantage of the gift when Rodriguez caught a 15-yard pass from Howard to take a 14-0 lead. The game was never in doubt.

The idea of brushing off the BC loss and coming together as a team was the main focus in the big Far Rock win. Michael Toney, who ran for 110 yards and scored a TD spoke of how the team came together during the week, after the BC loss "Everybody has to focus, stay together, play hard and play together. We’re like a family, we pulled it together just in time and came out here to put up a season high 34 points."

"We can’t commit mental errors", Toney said. "The only team that can beat us is ourselves."

Jamol Hill, who caught an interception and scored on a 7 yard TD run said, "It was our Homecoming Day and we had to step it up this week. Everybody did their job and we stepped it up more in the second half."

Coach Les Sabbah talked about how great his three seniors, Marquis Whitmore, Marlon Rodriguez and in particular, Richard Spears. "They did a terrific job. The big kid in particular is like you wouldn’t believe how proud we are of him. Coach (Ken) Hernandez did a great job coaching him."

Sabbah was proud of how his team came together. They really came together and did a great job. We worked a lot harder. After a tough Monday, we refocused and did very well. We have a lot of talented people."

The Far Rockaway Seahorses are one win away from clinching a playoff berth with a battle against division rival John Adams on Sunday and Sabbah is eager to play. "They (Adams) are a very good all-around team. I’m really looking forward to playing them." Sabbah added, "Both teams understand that there will be playoff berths at stake."

JV Team Smashes Martin

Devon Bryan and John Whitmore ran for more than 200 yards each and five touchdowns in a 36-6 victory over August Martin. The Rock is now 4-0, Martin 2-4.

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