2004-10-01 / Sports

Seahorses, Dolphins Lose On The Road

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway’s James Romain (with the ball against Beach Channel last year) scored two touchdowns at Midwood.
Far Rockaway’s James Romain (with the ball against Beach Channel last year) scored two touchdowns at Midwood. Far Rockaway did not play their best game of the year but they kept hanging on to a slight 12-7 lead at Midwood. But when time ran out, the Seahorses were on the losing end.

RB Mario Hall’s one yard touchdown run with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter proved to the be the death blow in a 13-12 loss to Midwood.

It was the Seahorses’ second straight loss of the year as they went to 1-2. They may have a bigger loss with a left knee injury to QB Chris Howard.

After twisting his knee on a non-contact play due to the Midwood Field Astroturf, Howard was taken off the field late in the first half and did not return. He is questionable to play in Saturday’s game against New Utrecht.

“No one touched me. It was the carpet,” Howard said. “But give me a week and I’ll be back on the field”

Even with the absence of Howard, Far Rockaway had their chances to win. WR James Romain was a one-man show on offense and special teams. He put on a dazzling display of jukes and spins to score on a 48-yard touchdown pass to give the Seahorses a 6-0 lead.

With 7:40 in the second quarter, Romain broke two tackles to score a 71-yard punt return touchdown to make it 12-7. The offense stalled with the loss of Howard and the ineffectiveness of the running game kept Midwood alive. And they took advantage of that opportunity.

Mario Hall’s one yard touchdown in the second quarter made it 12-7. The Seahorses held a tenuous lead until the fourth quarter when RB Devon Bryan fumbled at the Midwood 7 yard line in a play that could have iced the game.

With 5 minutes left, the Hornets went on a 80-yard drive that culminated in Hall’s one yard run to give Midwood their second win against Rockaway teams. They defeated Beach Channel 21-0 in the first game of the season.

It may only be the fourth game of the season, but the Seahorses need a win badly as they face New Utrecht at home at 11 a.m. It could be the game that decides their fate for a playoff spot this season.

Erasmus Smashes Dolphins

It was no contest. Erasmus Hall proved they are a PSAL championship contender as they thrashed Beach Channel 38-0 last Sunday. A veteran Dutchmen team gained more than 400 yards of total offense as the Dolphins stumbled to a 0-3 (0-2 Queens) record.

Dutchmen Kim Williams scored a touchdown on offense and defense, WR Quasim Paige and Stuart Mulzac scored touchdowns and QB Marvin Bernabe was a double threat as he passed for three touchdowns and ran for 106 yards.

On Saturday, the Dolphins will try to defeat winless August Martin (0-3) at home at 11 a.m. In this game, someone will have to win.

Beach Channel will be hosting Homecoming Day on October 16 when the Dolphins host the Long Island City Bulldogs. Tickets will be $5.00 and the pep-rally will start at 11:30 a.m. followed by the game at 1 p.m. Far Rockaway will host Homecoming Day on October 16 starting at 10 a.m. before the kickoff against PSAL defending champion Tottenville.


The Dolphins wanted to prove that their 4-1 record is no fluke as they challenged Van Buren at home last Tuesday. For the first 33 minutes of the game, The Dolphins were too quick and aggressive as they jumped to a 2-0 lead.

However, the game was almost called before it started. Van Buren arrived 30 minutes after the 4 p.m. scheduled start. The Dolphins got on the scoreboard when Roman Ivanov hit a 40-yard sideline kick and sailed over Van Buren goalkeeper Samer Abdelfattah for a 1-0 lead.

Then the rains came and a torrential downpour suspended play as the Dolphins led 2-0. The game will be completed today at Beach Channel. The Dolphins were upset that they could not finish the game. They wanted revenge after losing twice to Van Buren last year.

“I wanted Van Buren bad because last year they beat us 6-nil. I want to face them again,” exclaimed defender Martin Thomas Jr.

“It was raining and we still could play,” said Dwayne Messam, who lodged an assist on Michael Adedoyin’s goal to make it 2-0. “Through rain, sleet or snow, we can compete with anybody!”

“We couldn’t do this last year. And that’s what we should feel good about. They’re confident right now,” head coach Thomas Kazalski said.

Sports News

Far Rockaway’s soccer team record is 4-2 and has a rematch with Beach Channel on Thursday, October 7.

The Seahorses’ girls’ volleyball team is 1-0 with a 2 sets to 1 victory against Springfield Gardens.

Beach Channel is 0-2 following losses to Richmond Hill and John Adams. The Rockaway teams will face off Monday at Beach Channel at 5:30 p.m.

Beach Channel and Far Rockaway JV football teams battle each other at Beach Channel on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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