Big Plays Hurt Beach Channel Defeat
Beach Channel (0-4 overall, 0-3 PSAL Queens) came out running the ball and held possession most of the first half, but August Martin was able to capitalize on big plays to keep the game close.
The first score came on an eleven-yard scamper by Dawin Collado who swept to the left and dove into the corner of the endzone. Channel had the early momentum and it seemed this one was going to be a runaway, but on the ensuing kickoff August Martin (1-4 overall, 1-3 PSAL Queens) answered back with a Sean Costa eighty-seven yard return for a touchdown.
Later in the first half Beach Channel’s defense gave the momentum back to the Dolphins. Big defensive end Che Martin stripped August Martin running back Roderick Reeseand the Dolphins recovered the fumble.
Beach Channel started the drive with excellent field position as they pounded the ball with burly halfback Nathaniel Howard Jr. His five-yard touchdown run along with the two-point conversion gave Channel a 16-8 lead.
However, August Martin had yet another answer with a huge sixty-yard touchdown run by Roderick Reese. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful giving Beach Channel a two point lead going into the half.
Beach Channel came out flat in the second half. “They’re making mistakes,” Coach Victor Nazario said after the game. “They’re inexperienced players trying to do too much.”
The frustrated coach knew that his team had let this victory slip away. On both big plays by August Martin, Channel players were in position to make the stops.
The big turning point came in the second half. Beach Channel was moving the ball well when Roderick Reese, this time on the defensive side stripped Dolphins quarterback Lemonte Attles. August Martin then capitalized on a thirty-yard pass that left them on the doorstep of the endzone. They punched it in two plays later and took the lead for good.
The hero of the game was Reese, who had the two biggest plays in the game said the win came down to team support and motivation. “We’re the Falcons,” Reese said. “Falcons fly together.” Up next for Beach Channel is James Madison, (At Madison on Sunday at 11 a.m.) who is searching for their first win in two seasons. For now, the young Dolphins are gaining valuable learning experiences, but they cannot put a win on the board.