Seahorses Destroy Tilden, Dolphins Lose First Game
Far Rockaway smashed Tilden 58-0 to win their first game of the year. In a non-league battle, the Seahorses ran wild on a young and inexperienced Blue Devils team.
The Seahorses new backfield tandem of Lawrence Whitehead and Devon Bryan were impressive to say the least. Whitehead scored three touchdowns in a 162-yard performance and averaged 12.4 a carry. Bryan rushed for 122 yards and four touchdowns.
QB Chris Howard completed 7 of 9 passes for 102 yards.
The running game will be emphasized this year according to Miele and will make the passing game just as dangerous as their ground game.
“We run the ball now. If they give us the chance to do it, we will. We will pass also but we ran for more than 400 yard with the ball. But to win, you got to run the ball; especially with the tough teams we got in our schedule coming up,” Miele said.
Their defense was equal to the task in the shutout. Jeremy Pruitt’s seven tackles and two sacks led the charge for the Seahorses as they played without starting defensive tackle Ricardo Remy. The All-city senior player broke a bone in his right foot in a car accident and will possibly miss the first three to six games of the year.
“Ricardo Remy should be back by the third or fourth week of the season but it’s a major, major hit for us. Players like Shaun Wheeler and Marcus Akakpo will have to step up”, Miele says
“We played hard. They’re (Tilden) very young. I’m realistic.We’re a five (ranking) and they are a three and we are supposed to (win). If we didn’t look like we could win that way, we’re in trouble this season.”
Though the margin of the victory was huge, Miele has reminded his team to not become overconfident as they face off against Lehman at Dewitt Clinton Field on Saturday at 12 p.m. Lehman defeated South Shore 24-12 in their first win of the season.
“It’s still early. We can beat anybody and lose to anybody like any other team,” Miele says.
Midwood Shuts Out Dolphins
Beach Channel QB Lemonte Attles scrambled and evaded two Midwood tacklers to score an apparent touchdown to narrow the score to 7-6 in the second quarter.
It was not to be as the ref pulled the yellow flag out of his pocket and called TE Jarrett Clark for holding and negating the score.
That penalty, along with three turnovers, caused the Dolphins to lose their first game of the season at home. Head coach Victor Nazario believes it was a breakdown of discipline that caused the loss.
“It was the hot topic before the game during the meeting after the game. If my tight end doesn’t block that kid from behind when we had that touchdown, it’s 7-7 at halftime. It becomes a different game,” Nazario said.
For all of their struggles holding on to the ball, the Dolphins’ defense kept them in the game. After Midwood’s Mario Hall rushed for a two yard touchdown to make it 7-0, the score remained that way until the fourth quarter.
“It’s an extreme positive and the coaches and I still have some tinkering to do. The defense is going to get better which was a plus for us. We played sound defensive football for three quarters,” said Nazario.
The Dolphins’ defense finally got tired in the fourth quarter. Jerelle Medford caught a 12-yard touchdown and Hall scored his second touchdown of the game to end it.
“The final score wasn’t indicative on how well Beach Channel played,” said Midwood head coach Stephen Basile.
In their next home game against New Utrecht at home, Nazario will try to fix what ailed the Dolphins and get their first win of the season.
“The emphasis will be discipline. I will keep doing that. We played our hearts out. It’s an important week for us now. To be competitive and even talk playoffs, we’re going to have to win 4 or 5 in a row. I told our players that,” said Nazario.