Far Rockaway Dominates, Channel Falls Short
Down 14-0 in the first half against Lincoln High School, Beach Channel could have folded their tent and went back home. After a below average first half, the Dolphins came out fired up and cut the lead to 14-7 but fell a touchdown short. The 14-7 loss was Beach Channel’s (1-1) first of the year.
Right from the start of the game, the mental errors and mistakes caused by Beach Channel led to Lincoln’s first 14 points. The lack of mental execution led to good field position for Lincoln and the Railsplitters quickly capitalized.
WR Nyang Boateng, regarded as one of the best football players in the city caught a 4-yard touchdown to give Lincon a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. The 6’3 Boateng made an acrobatic leaping catch over two Dolphins defenders and kept his two feet in bounds near the corner of the endzone.
RB Neil Lewis scored his only touchdown of the day by scoring on a 14 yard run in the second quarter. So down 14-0 in the first half, head coach Victor Nazario told his players that the game wasn’t over and TE/DE Alan Trujillo knew that the game wasn’t over. "Coach told us that we were still in the game and we needed to play a little bit harder", Trujillo said.
Beach Channel came out a different team in the second half, as they played more aggressive on defense. Lincoln QB Niquann Gaymon threw three interceptions and Beach Channel capitalized on one of the turnovers.
Alan Trujillo caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Luis Santana with 4:02 left and Trujillo kicked the extra point to make it 14-7. The Dolphins still didn’t cure their mental ills as they scored the touchdown with 10 men on the field.
Though the defense stood up in the second half, the offense kept sputtering and a costly turnover by RB Stanley Laureano with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter did not help matters. But even with a close loss, Coach Nazario took a lot of positives out of the loss.
"My kids didn’t quit. I’m extremely proud of them. I told them to keep their heads up. The game wasn’t over and we was playing good defense.
The Dolphins faced their first opponent with a level 5 in the PSAL 1-3-5 power rating system. The tougher schedule and tough opponents such as Lincoln did not scare Nazario.
"I’m sure they felt that this was going to be a cakewalk but we gave them a little wake-up call. But we just ran out of time".
The theme of the game was time and even after Beach Channel seemed to overcome the mental mistakes, turnovers and muddy field conditions, the Dolphins just fell short.
"We could have came back but we messed up in the first half". Trujillo. We just needed a little bit more time".
Beach Channel will return home to play against Dewitt Clinton on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Far Rock Blowout
In their second game of the year, Far Rockaway capitalized on numerous New Dorp turnovers to win a easy 32-6 home win against their first 5 rating opponent.
New Dorp seemed to have caught fumbleitis and with 7 fumbles in the game, Far Rockaway capitalized easily as they recovered five. RB Michael Toney made New Dorp pay as he scored the first of his three touchdowns with a minute left in the first quarter to make it 6-0.
The fumbles continued in Far Rockaway’s second score of the game as Jeremy Pruitt scored a 12 yard fumble return TD in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
"We were very good defensively", said head coach Les Sabbah, as his team improved to 2-0. "Our defense was more aggressive today".
RB Michael Toney had a statement game as he rushed for 125 yards with three rushing touchdowns in the game. Toney was the entire offense as he scored a 14 yard touchdown race in the second quarter and a 5 yard TD run to make it 26-6.
The fumbles just continued as Far Rockaway’s Karl Allwood recovered a New Dorp turnover for a 70-yard touchdown run to finish off the scoring. Far Rockaway defeated New Dorp for the first time in three matches, which included one regular season game and two playoff games.
There are two games in the schedule that Far Rockaway has a put a circle around. The first game will be a rematch at John Adams this Saturday at 11 a.m. Adams’ 34-26 victory in the final game of the 2002 season eliminated the Seahorses from the PSAL playoffs.
"We’re excited to play against Adams. They kept us out of the playoffs and I know we will be ready to play them", said Sabbah.