Channel, Rockaway Lose First League Game
New Utrecht’s Jonathan Bermudez ran for 146 yards as Beach Channel lost their first PSAL league game at home 20-10. Beach Channel (0-2 overall, 0-1 Queens) will have a tough task as they face off against undefeated Erasmus Hall on the road.
The Dolphins fell behind quickly
as New Utrecht scored 14 unanswered points to take a first quarter lead. QB Wendell Caesar threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Barclay Piverger. RB Jonathan Bermudez completed
a 10-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0. The Dolphins fought back to make it 14-6 with a touchdown pass from QB Lemonte Attles to Valery Valembrun. With the Dolphins holding the Utes on defense, the offense failed to capitalize on their best scoring chance to tie the game.
At New Utrecht’s 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, Beach Channel could not capitalize on their four chances to score. Attles’s quarterback sneak was turned away by the Utes defense on first down.
“According to my kids, they said we broke the plain. I thought from my perspective we scored the touchdown,” head coach Victor Nazario said. The refetee appeared to stat to raise his hands to signal for the touchdown but he did not.
RB Nathaniel Howard was stuffed at the line and pushed back to the 3-yard line. The Dolphins committed a holding penalty on third down and could not put the ball in the end zone on the next two possessions to seal the game for New Utrecht.
Penalties and lack of execution once again caused the loss according to Nazario.
“I think there was an improvement the first to the second week. But we still ended up shooting ourselves in the foot,” Nazario said. “I keep beating a dead horse with it because we don’t have the luxury of committing mistakes and turnovers.”
Beach Channel is going to need a better effort at Erasmus Hall this Sunday at 12 p.m. The Dutchmen are 2-0 overall and are coming off a 34-6 thumping of Midwood.
Nazario is still confident that the team can turn things around. He has told his team that even if it is still early in the season, the Dolphins are going to have to start winning.
“Up to this point, it’s our biggest game of the season. I see this a must win. I believe Erasmus is a very good football team,” Nazario says. “It’s way too early to think about playoffs but a win on Sunday will go a long way in helping us to secure a spot.”
Seahorses Lose In Mud
DeWitt Clinton Field in the Bronx was a quagmire on Saturday. The rains from Hurricane Ivan left the field a muddy mess right before gametime. It turned out to be a big factor as Far Rockaway coughed up the ball numerous times in a 14-2 loss to Lehman High School.
In the first two minutes of the first quarter, Lehman took advantage of the sloppy conditions. RB Jelani Policard rushed for a touchdown and Seahorses CB James Romain slipped as Lehman WR Francisco Santos caught a 59-yard touchdown pass. “Our team was in shock when they (Lehman) scored the first 14 points from us,” head coach Anthony Miele said.
Down 14-0, the Seahorses (1-1 overall, 0-1 Queens) kept to their gameplan. The offense amassed over 300 yards rushing but they were stonewalled as they approached the endzone by the Lehman defense. Turnovers and not the rainy conditions plagued them all day
Devon Bryan, who rushed for 120 yards, had a costly fumble at the 1-yard line. QB Chris Howard threw four interceptions to stop Seahorses’ drives. “We outrushed them and outperformed them, but we lost. We weren’t disciplined in their end zone,” Miele said.
“They (Lehman) were steady, disciplined and a well-coached team. We have the talent but we’re not disciplined yet,” says Miele. “We need to play well when we face adversity. We didn’t play well but we should have come out with a win”.
Far Rockaway travels to Midwood on Sunday at 11 a.m. All football games will be played Sunday due to Rosh Hashanah falling on Saturday.
Far Rockaway stormed back with three goals against Campus Magnet to earn a 4-3 come from behind victory at home last Monday. Felipe Zaldana scored 2 goals, Janhoi Allen and Edwin Hernandez each chipped in a goal.
“They just came out on fire in the second half,” said head coach Wiliam Neylon. “It’s a great win”.
Last Wednesday, the Seahorses improved their record to 3-1 with a 2-1 victory over Van Buren. David Galan had 11 saves for Far Rockaway.
As of press time, Beach Channel is in a 5-way tie for first place with a 3-1 record in the PSAL Queens B South. Freshman Marlon Velasquez continued his offensive explosion with three-second half goals in a 3-0 victory over Queens H.S. of Teaching last Wednesday.