Beach Channel Runs All Over Lafayette
The first game of the season is always a test of how well you did during practice and scrimmages in the offseason. For Beach Channel, the offseason was anything but normal but the team pulled together to win their first game at home.
In his first game as head coach, Victor Nazario Jr. saw RB Stanley Laureano help the Dolphins as he rushed for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 36-0 rout of Lafayette High School of Brooklyn last Friday.
Nazario’ s offense got into high gear by scoring 20 unanswered points in the first half and demoralized Lafayette with consistent running and good defense. Taking over the squad two weeks ago may have been sudden but a win is definitely rewarding according to Nazario.
"A win is a win and we’re walking off the field with a win", said Nazario.
He is still temporarily the head coach of the team while Marty Senall waits to hear case of his grievance with the Department of Education. The case, which involved verbal altercation between Senall and a student, has not been resolved as of press time.
Nazario’s job since taking over two weeks was to bring together the team. He saw many players rise to the occasion as rising star Tyrell Johnson ran for 47 yards and a TD and Howard Merkeson bulldozed his way to the end zone with a 25-yard run.
"It’s a growing process like I told the kids. I’m growing as a head coach and they’re going to grow up as young men and we will grow up together as a team."
The Dolphins have a tougher schedule as they move to the 5 power-rating ranking. Some other teams like Beach Channel that was a 3 ranking are now a 5 ranking as well. But Nazario is not taking any team for granted.
"We’re looking at being underdogs for the rest of the season. You can’t underestimate anybody. On any given day you can be beat".
"It’s a favorable schedule and it’s not a unfavorable schedule. We have to be careful with everyone with play".
If the team is going to do well this year, Nazario will need leaders such as senior defensive end and kicker Alan Trujillo to continue his outstanding play. Trujillo sacked 2 Lafayette players and had 10 tackles in the game.
"He’s an outstanding player and outstanding young man. He’s my defensive captain. He stepped up like some of my other captains like Bradley Badzelais, Alan and Luis (Santana) who showed very good leadership qualities. They’re seniors and I need them to step up and keep people in control. They played well".
Beach Channel will travel on the road on Saturday to face off against Lincoln. Lincoln (1-0) is coming off a 49-20 trouncing win over Clinton. Nazario is not getting overconfident because of just one win. He believes that the team can win 5 or 6 games and make the playoffs but he is taking every game one at a time.
"The kids just got to prepare every week and go out there and play hard and hopefully everything else will take care of itself", Nazario said.
The Wave would like to send an apology out to Beach Channel assistant football coach Steve Goldman, whose name was misued as Marty Goldman in a article from the August 22nd version of the Wave. We regret the error.