2003-10-10 / Sports

FRHS, BCHS Lose Close Football Games

By Elio Velez
FRHS, BCHS Lose Close Football Games By Elio Velez

Homecoming Day at Beach Channel High School on Saturday featured all of the pomp and circumstance with an homecoming king and queen and a celebration off the field. On the field, Bayside celebrated their first win of the season with a 14-6 victory over Beach Channel.

Now 1-4, Bayside came out strong against Beach Channel by reaffirming their commitment to the ground game. Bayside RB Drew Williams ate up the Beach Channel defense. The senior rushed for 130 yards and scored two touchdowns.

"I love running. I’m happy to have the ball. It’s frustrating because we played well in those losses", RB Drew Williams said. "I wanted to have the ball and the coach gave it to me".

Bayside played strong throughout the ballgame and their size and speed overwhelmed the Dolphins. To their credit, the Dolphins kept the game close and could have pulled out the ballgame in the late stages of the ballgame.

Drew Williams scored his first touchdown of the game with 11:55 in the second quarter to give Bayside the lead. Down 8-0, Dolphins RB Stanley Laureano ran the ball for most of the next series and plunged into the end zone for a 3 yard run to make it 8-6.

Though the packed crowd for Homecoming Day cheered their team on, the Dolphins could not muster an offense in the second half. But assistant coach Carlos Flores saw a lot of positive aspects, as his team gets ready to face off at Midwood on Sunday, October 12 at 12 p.m.

"Our players were telling us that they (Bayside) put 8 men in the box. They’re stronger than us but we still hanged with them", Flores said. "Beach Channel stood up. To me they got out of here with a lucky win".

Far Rockaway Loses First

Traveling to John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx on a Friday night and an half hour delay in starting the game was no excuse according to Far Rockaway head coach Les Sabbah. The reason for losing 10-6 to Kennedy was their inability to come up with the big play in losing their first game of the season.

Originally slated to start at 6:30 p.m., the delay of the game was due to the game doctor arriving an half hour late. But once the game started, the two rivals battled hard in a close defensive struggle as both teams showed passion during and after the game.

Far Rockaway could not their ground game going as RB Michael Toney struggled for 50 yards throughout the entire game. Witht heir offense struggling, Kennedy scored on their first drive of the second quarter as QB Shaun Rodriguez threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Omar Sillah for the first score of the game to make it 6-0.

As The Knights led 8-0 into the third quarter, the Seahorses used their quick strike capability on their first series. Seniro WR Leon Grant caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Chris Howard and the Seahorses were back in the ballgame 8-6. The intensity from both sides of the ball brought the best out of both clubs.

The long touchdown strike was all that Far Rockaway could muster as their offense sputtered and Kennedy dominated time of possession in the second half. The Knights RB Brandon Gonzales and Kalil Salkey rushed for more than 150 yards on the ground. Far Rockaway’s Hail Mary attempt with 5 second left fell short.

Far Rockaway QB Chris Howard said that his team has 4 more games to prove to the rest of the city on how good they are.

"We played hard, I think the wins got to us. We’re playing a tough team like Kennedy", said Howard. "They played tough, we played tough. We shut them down, they shut us down. We got to prepare for Bayside".

Defensive tackle Alvin Tirado was still fired up after the game and exhorted to his teammates that their season wasn’t over.

"They came out tougher. We learning right now. We still got 4 games left and we promised that we would see them in the playoffs. There still a whole season left. We’re a family".

Far Rockaway will have to regroup quickly at home against Bayside, who some pundits have called the best 1-4 team in the city, this Sunday at 11 a.m. The game will be played Sunday because the SAT’s will be administered on a Saturday.

Junior Varsity Wins

Before Beach Channel and Far Rockaway face off this Saturday at 9:30 a.m., they both took care of business with wins last weekend.

Beach Channel won their first game of the season at home with a strong 38-0 win over Springfield Gardens. Dominating the game on the ground, the Dolphins scored 20 points in the first quarter and led 32-0 at the end of the first half. Nathaniel Howard scored two touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 65 yards. RB Jay Beberaggi, Raymond Jacob, Elliott Olivero all scored a touchdown on the ground.

Far Rockaway kept winning big after defeating PSAL Queens rival Campus Magnet 36-6 to improve their record to 3-0. Far Rockaway dominated on the ground once again with almost 500 yards rushing as a team. RB Tyrell Zanders rushed for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.

RB Daniel Samuels rushed for 143 yards on 8 attempts and scored two touchdowns. Steven Flake contributed 120 yards on the ground, scored two touchdowns. Carlton Robinson has an amazing game on defense with 5 sacks, a fumble recovery and 12 tackles for the game.

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