Far Rock Romps, BCHS Needs A Win
When Far Rockaway left the field after their 18-6 loss to Bayside on October 12, the players were angry about their performance and their missed opportunity to improve their playoff standing. The Seahorses their anger and took out their frustration out on Campus Magnet.with a 46-14 romp win.
The Seahorses stopped their two game losing streak with an offensive explosion that featured a new wrinkle in their high scoring offense. It was in the first quarter when Chris Howard hit WR James Romain for a 60-yard touchdown pass to take a 8-0 lead. Campus Magnet (0-6) kept the game close as QB Daniel Clark threw the first of his two touchdown passes to Vaughn Davis to keep the score at 22-14 at the half.
The Seahorses’ talent just wore down the Bulldogs in the second half as RB Lawrence Whitehead took over the running duties. Whitehead ran the ball for 130 yards on 13 carries on the day as he took over for starting FB Michael Toney, who played only defense as he recovers from a sprained ankle. It was Whitehead’s first start at RB as he has played many different positions for the Seahorses
"We wanted to mix up a game of run and power", said assistant coach Ken Hernandez. "We’re glad that a versatile player such as Lawrence played well".
The Seahorses continued with the big pass play as James Romain hooked up with Chris Howard for a long touchdown pass on the first play of scrimmage in the second half for a 30-14 lead. Whitehead scored his second touchdown of the game and Jamol Hill concluded the scoring with a 11-yard run. The defense also stepped up their play as regulars Toney, Whitehead and Ricardo Remy, along with newcomer Carlton Robinson kept the Magnet offense scoreless.
"We were really motivated to play and the coaches told the kids to put their frustration on the field", said Hernandez.
The win stopped the bleeding and improved their chances of a higher playoff spot with two games left to go. At 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the PSAL Queens, Far Rockaway is the ninth seed out of the 16 available spots in the playoffs. They will be looking to win against an improved August Martin on Homecoming Day at Far Rock on Saturday, October 25.
The festivities start at 10 a.m.
Nazario Keeps the Faith
With a 13-0 loss to August Martin, the Beach Channel Dolphins fell to 3-5 overall and are looking from the outside on the playoff situation. Nazario knows that his team has made its fair share of mistakes in losing 3 straight to Bayside, Midwood and August Martin.
"I was happy about my team after we played and lost to Bayside but we didn’t show up mentally to play Midwood", Nazario said. The Dolphins were massacred 48-12 at Midwood and shot themselves in the foot by losing to August Martin.
"We fumbled the ball inside their 30-yard line twice, we committed offense and defense penalties that killed us", Nazario said. The Dolphins at this point will need a lot of help with teams such as Martin, Curtis, and Clinton ahead of them in the standings.
The team has suffered with some key injuries but Nazario has been impressed that his team has fought hard on every play this season.
"We know that we’re going to need some help but I’m preparing for our team to win the last two games", said Nazario, whose team will face off against John Adams and Far Rockaway to finish the season. "I know our team won’t give up".
Dolphins Hope For The Future
Beach Channel head coach Mark Sanchez knew things would be different heading into the 2003 girls’ volleyball season. This year, the Dolphins have struggled to a 3-6 record but Sanchez knew that this would be a rebuilding year.
"I have 7 new players and I have to work this year on teaching the fundamentals", Sanchez says. With an all-new roster, the Dolphins have struggled this year as they learn the basics of serving and bumping. The team is also learning how to play with each other.
"Next year, I can get to teaching more skills and game plans, but this year I’m going to teach the fundamentals", Sanchez said.
The 2002 team finished 10-0 in the regular season to become Queens XIII champions. That team was composed of seniors who had played with each other for at least 3 seasons. Sanchez believes that a small roster works because it is easier to manage and they can bond on and of the court.
Sanchez believes that his team next year will have learned from their mistakes to have a banner season "I told them they won’t win the divisional championship but I ask them in every game to take something positive that they have done", Sanchez said.
Junior Varsity Football
Far Rockaway raised its record to 5-0 with a commanding performance at home in their 54-0 win over Springfield Gardens (0-3). Far Rockaway led 40-0 at halftime with the help of QB Steven Flake, who threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns. RB Tyrelle Zanders continued his strong season with 215 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ruben Morales, Steven Flake and Daniel Samuels all ran for more than an 100 yards. On defense, Shaun Wheeler sacked the quarterback 4 times. The Seahorses will face off on the road against 3-0 Jamaica on Sunday, October 26 at 12 p.m.
Beach Channel (1-2) lost its second consecutive game at Bayside 26-8. Bayside (2-3) scored touchdowns in each quarter. Beach Channel scored its only touchdown in the fourth quarter and was led by RB Nathaniel Howard, who rushed for 75 yards. The Dolphins will face Long Island City at home on October 26 at 11 p.m.
Far Rockaway announced two coaching changes. Dan O’ Connor was named head coach for the girls’ cross country and track and field programs. He replaces longtime headcoach Michael Gliner, who resigned earlier in the school term.
O’Connor, a former Olympic racewalker will inherit a top 10 program, which finished in the top 5 of many categories.
As of press time, Far Rockaway has not announced a replacement for Philip Stern as head girls’ basketball coach. Brian Donahue has replaced Stern as head coach of the girls’ volleyball varsity team.
The Far Rockaway swimming team’s record is at 3-3. Beach Channel improved to 5-6 record with a victory over Paul Robeson. Michael Malave led all players with a score of 223.