2003-10-31 / Community

Beach Channel Gears Up For Peninsula Battle

By Elio Velez
Beach Channel Gears Up For Peninsula Battle By Elio Velez

Beach Channel defeated Far Rockaway 14-0 last year. The Dolphins Alan Trujilo (87) tries to stop QB Chris Howard (9) as RB Michael Toney (1) tries to block for Howard.Beach Channel defeated Far Rockaway 14-0 last year. The Dolphins Alan Trujilo (87) tries to stop QB Chris Howard (9) as RB Michael Toney (1) tries to block for Howard.

At 3-1 overall in midseason, the Beach Channel Dolphins were rolling along under new head coach Victor Nazario. The Dolphins were in the playoff hunt until their loss at home against Bayside. That loss steamrolled into a three game losing streak as the Dolphins fell out of playoff contention.

But with a 20-18 win over John Adams last Saturday, the Dolphins not only snapped a losing streak but put themselves back in the playoff race. The top 16 teams in the city will make the playoffs and as it stands, Beach Channel is on the outside looking in. With some help from other teams and a win over Far Rockaway at home, the Dolphins may be battling in the playoffs.

The Dolphins have suffered injuries in key spots but the backups proved to be key in getting the win. QB Kamel Cosgrove, taking over for injured starting QB Luis Santana, threw for a 34-yard touchdown to WR Ronald Modeste. Cosgrove also ran for 50 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

Tyrelle Johnson took over the main running duties for Stanley Laureano and ran for a game high 151 yards and a touchdown. "I told these guys they got to be ready anytime", said Victor Nazario. "(Johnson) He has been working hard in practice and he was up to the task".

At 4-4 overall, the Dolphins are preparing for the battle of the Rockaways at home and Nazario knows this game means a lot to his players. "I discussed with my seniors of how important this game is", said Nazario. "There are 12 seniors that will have been busting their butts for four years and they’re playing their final game against Rockaway".

Nazrio pointed out that the battle of the peninsula has only been played the last few years as the PSAL in 2002 decided to schedule the game to occur every season. Beach Channel and Far Rockaway knows each other very well as most of the players this year played in last year’s Beach Channel victory over Far Rockaway.

The game is also a bragging right as players on both teams attended elementary school, some live in the same neighborhood and some are friends as well. It will also add to an intense rivalry.

Nazario has learned a lot of things about his team this year. "There were certain games that we thought we could win but it didn’t turn out that way. We were prepared for most teams but in some games, we wasn’t mentally ready", says Nazario.

Many writers and coaches throughout the city do not understand the PSAL Power ranking system. Confusion has occurred in how teams make the playoffs Nazario won’t even worry about how his team could possibly make the playoffs. The focus this week is on Far Rockaway. "I am not worried about what we can’t control. We still have an outside shot but we must beat them. I am looking forward to it".

High School Notes

The girls swimming team at Far Rockaway finished their season with an impressive 7-3 record. The defeated Adams 49-44 as senior captain as Azalia Abdulina placed first in the 50 and 500-yard freestyle. Beach Chan-nel’s improving cross country team saw Omar Anderson and seven of his teammates led the Dolphins to a good showing at the PSAL Queens Borough Championships at Cunningham Park.

The Beach Channel girls’ volleyball team won two straight games against Lane and Springfield Gardens to finish the season with a record of 5-6. The junior varsity Far Rockaway football team lost their first game of the season in a 30-28-overtime game to Jamaica High School (4-1). Far Rockaway is still in first place with a 5-1 record. JV Football head coach Anthony Miele was named as the head coach for the men’s varsity basketball team.

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