Far Rockaway Loses Game and Playoff Berth
By Elio Velez and Dale Mcilwain
Coach Les Sabbah and the assistant coaches stated the message last week at the end of the Far Rockaway win over Long Island City. The message was stated in the week’s practices and before game time against John Adams. The message was win and get in the playoffs. Lose and Adams gets in the playoffs and the Seahorses end their season.
The season is over.
In a tough battle at John Adams, Far Rockaway ended their playoff hopes with a heartbreaking 34-26 loss in the final game of the season. Adams finishes the regular season at 7-1 and makes the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. They will face Sheepshead Bay in the first round. Far Rock finishes at 6-2 and is officially eliminated.
Far Rock started out very sluggish as Coach Sabbah called two timeouts to get his troops going. But Adams answered first.
QB Kyle Piccirello put the Spartans out front with a quarterback sneak the first of his two touchdowns on the day.
From the Rockaways, Piccirello knew the importance of the game. "We knew this was it. They took us out of the playoffs last year. The alumni spoke to us and told how Far Rock took them out of the playoffs", said Piccirello. "This is a great win for us."
Once Far Rock scored on a quick 69-yard td pass strike from Christo Howard to Marlon Rodriguez, Adams made the first big turnover with a Michael Fladdell block on a Seahorses punt at the Rock’s 1 yard line, which led to a second QB sneak by Piccirello.
Down 22-6 at halftime, the Seahorses made a valiant comeback to cut to it to 22-20 entering the fourth quarter but the comeback fell short.
"The big play that killed us was the interception return for a touchdown", said Far Rock coach Willie Beverly.
Down 28-20, Far Rock had a fourth down in Adams territory when QB Christo Howard had the ball deflected from his hands and intercepted by Richard Lopez for a 65-yard touchdown to seal the game at 34-20.
Fladdell, the 6’8, 300 pound plus senior defensive tackle was a force in the middle for Adams. "We were ready to come and play", Fladdell said. "We had tape on the Long Island City- Far Rockaway game and we studied that like three times and we knew what to look forward to."
As the season ends for Far Rock, Coach Beverly was proud of his team. "It was a must win game for us and both teams and after that sluggish start, we made a valid effort in coming back. "I was very proud of their efforts in the second half
"We got a lot of kids coming back next year and we look forward to a good season."
BC Loss Is Magnet’s Gain
Campus Magnet defeated Beach Channel 7-0 on Courtney Jones’ 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter. As BC (3-5) is eliminated, Magnet (5-3) slips in to the last playoff spot and faces top seed Fort Hamilton in the first round.