Seahorses, Dolphins Lose Second Straight
When a team such as Far Rockaway knows that every game is important, a defeat to Bayside 18-6 last week just may hurt this team’s chances at a playoff spot at the end of the season.
Coming off a tough 10-6 loss two weeks ago at John F. Kennedy High School, Far Rockaway knew that Bayside would be prepared to play. A few Seahorses coaches saw first hand as Bayside won their first game of the season 16-6 against Beach Channel last week. But the Seahorses was not prepared in the second half to combat the emotion and precision of Bayside’s offensive attack.
Down 6-0 in the first half, Bayside came out emotionally charged as they shut down a potent Far Rockaway offense. RB Drew Williams scored on a 2-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter to tie the game at 6-6.
"We needed to get Drew more touches and that was our gameplan. No matter what how we get the ball to him, we was going to get it to Drew", said Bayside head coach Joseph Capuana.
Field position hurt the Seahorses in the second half as penalties and their inconsistent play pinned them down in their own end of the field.
"Every drive for us started inside the 20 and every big play we made outside, we got 15-yard penalties", said Far Rockaway assistant coach Willie Beverly.
At 6:11 left in the fourth and tied at 6-6, Bayside’s Kenan Brogdon picked up a partially blocked Seahorses’ punt and returned the ball 25 yards for a touchdown to give Bayside the 12-6 lead.
"Kenan came up with a very smart play and a great play to see the ball and it turned it around for us", said Capuana.
Capuana knows that his team needs to win all of their remaining games to have a chance of the playoffs but was proud of his team’s efforts. "We had some really tough games in the beginning and we knew we had Far Rockaway came off that tough game and they was going to be pumped to play us", said Capuana. "We were able to keep our confidence".
The play of Bayside seemed to get under the skin of Far Rockaway, as Bayside’s 18 consecutive points scored got under the skin of Far Rockaway. The Seahorses blew opportunities with their penalties and in one instance, missing the chance to recover a fumble in the third quarter. Willie Beverly saw that those missed opportunities were going to eventually hurt his team.
"They ran a power game in the second half and they used their size to their advantage. They made plays and in football, sometimes its hard to stop a team like that", said Beverly. "We didn’t get the opportunity to get a big play and we didn’t get the breaks",
Far Rockaway (4-2, 3-2 PSAL Queens) remains in the PSAL top 10 and gets the chance to break their 2 game losing streak against Campus Magnet on Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 12 p.m.
Dolphins Lose Second Straight
Head coach Victor Nazario’s Dolphins went through their toughest loss of the season as they were blown out by Midwood in Brooklyn 48-12. The Dolphins fell to 2-3 and at this point of the season are looking from the outside of the PSAL playoff structure.
Midwood led 34-6 at halftime as six players scored touchdowns for the Hornets. RB Richard Ferere led the Hornets with 105 yards and two touchdowns. The only touchdown Beach Channel (3-3, 2-3 PSAL Queens) scored was on a 90-yard touchdown kickoff return by Howard Merkeson in the 4th quarter. Beach Channel will play at August Martin on Saturday, October 18 at 1 p.m.
High School Notes
Far Rockaway won the battle of the peninsula with a 30-0 victory last Saturday at Far Rock. The Seahorses scored in every quarter for the ballgame as they racked up more than 600 yards of total offense. RB Tyrelle Zanders led the rushing attack with 132 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Samuels ran for more than 100 yards and Steven Flake scored two touchdowns to spark the Seahorses to a 4-0 start to the season.
Far Rockaway will play at home on Sunday, October 19 at 10 a.m. against Springfield Gardens. Beach Channel (1-1) looks to bounce back at Bayside on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Beach Channel Boys Bowling team improved to
4-3 at press time with a win over Bushwick 3 games
Far Rockaway High School will host their 4th annual Homecoming Game and Parade on Saturday, October 25 at 10 a.m. before the Far Rockaway-August Martin varsity football game at 11 a.m.