2003-10-31 / Sports

Seahorses Lose Heartbreaker On Homecoming Day

By Elio Velez
Seahorses Lose Heartbreaker On Homecoming Day By Elio Velez


Far Rockaway and August Martin battled in a tough overtime game.Far Rockaway and August Martin battled in a tough overtime game.

Tied at 26-26 in overtime, August Martin’s QB Eugene Poulson decided to take the football into his own hands. On the two-point conversion, the 6’3 Poulson was hit by Far Rockaway’s defense and seemed to have gone down. The Seahorses defense thought they had ended the play but the referees decided that Poulson kept churning his legs for the two points and led August Martin to a 28-26 win over Far Rockaway.

Homecoming Day at Far Rockaway saw one of the most exciting and strange ballgames as the Seahorses came back from 14-0 deficit at halftime. Down 20-14 with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, QB Chris Howard threw to a wide-open Shiloh Brown. Brown streaked down the sidelines to complete a 68-yard passing play to tie the score at 20-20.

After Far Rockaway wide receiver Leon Grant, who transferred from August Martin this year, scored to take the lead 26-20, Martin quickly struck back. RB Samuel Murray scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to tie the game. As QB Eugene Poulson scored to win the game, Far Rockaway went off the field stunned and distraught about their loss.

A game can sometimes define the state of two football teams. In the end, it cemented the roll that Martin (4-3 PSAL) is going through to pull ahead of Far Rockaway in the playoff standings with its four straight win.


Far Rockaway’s James Romain (3) made 4 catches on the day for 80 yards and scored the first touchdown for the Sea­horses.Far Rockaway’s James Romain (3) made 4 catches on the day for 80 yards and scored the first touchdown for the Sea­horses.

The loss puts the Seahorses (5-3 overall, 4-3 PSAL Queens) is jeopardy of not making the playoffs after starting the season at 4-0. The loss to Martin sets up a win and in playoff scenario as they visit Beach Channel this Sunday in the last game of the season. If Far Rock loses, they will most likely fall out of the top 16-playoff team rankings and be eliminated from the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Kavelle Gordon was the big difference maker for the Falcons. Gordon chewed up the Seahorses defense for 213 yards. "We’re making a playoff run. That’s why we kept fighting and fighting to win. We knew we was a better team. Our focus and determination was there".

WR Shiloh Brown spoke about the mistakes that haunted Far Rockaway throughout the day.

"We didn’t come out in the first half and we came out in the second half. We’re the ones who made the mistakes. We didn’t penetrate in the beginning of the game and we waited till the last minute (to come back)".


The Mascot leads this year’s and last year’s Homcoming Queen to the field.The Mascot leads this year’s and last year’s Homcoming Queen to the field.

Senior RB/MLB Michael Toney knows all about playing for a playoff spot. The Seahorses lost a similar win or be eliminated playoff scenario when they lost 34-26 Adams in the final game of the year.

"I’m disappointed because it’s our Homecoming and we’ve never lost a homecoming game since I’ve been here", said Toney.

"Chris played a good game but he was under pressure a few times but he made key throws when he needed to but everybody has to play hard the entire game".

Far Rockaway head coach Les Sabbah is perplexed at times when his team plays listless, which has the cost the team some bad losses. "I never underestimated Martin", said Sabbah. "They just didn’t really play in the first half. I wish I knew why. They just didn’t play".


Homecoming King Mohamed Amin, Principal Cheryl Jones and Home­coming Queen Bibi Khan.Homecoming King Mohamed Amin, Principal Cheryl Jones and Home­coming Queen Bibi Khan.

Far Rockaway assistant coach Willie Beverly knows what he Dolphins-Seahorses game means. "It’s Channel or nothing, there is no question about it".

Channel Is Next

Toney knows that his team will be prepared to face off against Beach Channel. And Toney believes that his team will win the battle of the peninsula.

"Everybody is going to be focused,. We’re going to get back to doing what we do and that’s playing football", says Toney. And after we beat Channel, we let the chips fall where they may".


James Romain (3) tries to get out of bounds to stop the clock in the 4th quarter.James Romain (3) tries to get out of bounds to stop the clock in the 4th quarter.

"If they let us in the playoffs, a lot of teams got a lot of problems. It’s going to be serious".

Channel Is Ready For Rockaway.

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August Martin RB Kavelle Gordon looks for some running room to the outside.August Martin RB Kavelle Gordon looks for some running room to the outside.Organizers and the candidates for Homecoming Day.Organizers and the candidates for Homecoming Day.

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