Channel Wins, Seahorses Routed At Bayside
With the Dolphins 91-4) spreading the field on offense, QB Lemonte Attles rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown. Antoine Jolly and Karakus Scott added touchdowns for a much needed victory.
“We went to a spread offense and I did it out of necessity because we had no tight ends after the August Martin game,” Nazario said. “The best thing to do with the way he is running and I got four guys who can catch the ball and it paid off for us.”
Defensive end James Marshall’s three sacks and linebacker Karakus Scott’s game leading 14 tackles stopped Madison in the second half. Marshall and Matthew Dash were late additions to the starting lineup at their positions but it paid off.
Nazario still believes that his teams needs a lot of improvement but a second victory could happen against Long Island City at homecoming on Saturday (gametime 1 p.m.). Until then, he’ll savor the win. “It wasn’t pretty but we got the monkey off our back.”
Bayside Stomps Far Rockaway
For the first half, the Seahorses were a better team than rival Bayside. On offense, they drove down the field effortlessly and the defense held the Commodores to 24 yards of total offense.
In the second half, the Seahorses came out flat and Bayside proved themselves as playoff contenders to win 26-6 to improve to 3-1 overall record. The Seahorses fell to 2-3 overall.
Turnovers once again plagued Far Rockaway all day. QB Chris Howard was ineffective in his return to the starting lineup with three interceptions, with one returned by Vinny Rey for a 92-yard touchdown return.
In the second half, Bayside dominated by scoring three touchdowns. The key to their success was RB Jon Morrison, who rushed for 200 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. Bayside coach Joseph Capuana made him the focal point of their comeback and it paid off.
“We had to establish something in the second half. In the first, we were awful. We were fortunate to be in the game,” Capuana said. “Jon ran the ball well, a great runner and we are fortunate to have him He’s a big back with good speed”.
Far Rockaway’s mistakes and their defense cost them a victory according to Coach Anthony Miele.
“The first half was all ours but it was the second half. They pounded the ball inside because we couldn’t match up and that’s what they had to do”.
“We looked like dynamite in the first half and we didn’t look like that in the second and that’s why we have to play four quarters of football,” Miele said.
Tottenville, who won the PSAL 2003 champion, will arrive at Far Rockaway on Saturday at 11 a.m. If they don’t correct their mistakes and inconsistent play, the Seahorses may lose their last opportunity to make the playoffs.
The Queens B Division standings can change from day to day as four teams battle for first place. Last Thursday, Beach Channel defeated Far Rockaway 3-1 for the second time this season. At that point, the Dolphins were tied for first place with Richmond Hill.
As of press time, the Dolphins (7-3-0-22 points) and the Seahorses (7-3-0-22 points) are now tied for third place as the seesaw battle continues in the division. Beach Channel lost a 1-0 decision to John Adams last Tuesday. Far Rockaway pulled off a 3-2-road victory at Campus Magnet. With four games left in the regular season, both teams will make the playoffs if they finish with a .500 or higher winning percentage.
The Beach Channel Dolphins have bounced back from a non-playoff appearance in 2003 with a 3-1 start in the 2004 campaign. James Mackey and Dae Kwack have been high scorers for the Dolphins in their three wins over Banneker, Robeson and Adams.
A 36-14 drubbing of August Martin last Saturday has given the Dolphins a 2-0 record to start the season. They will face off at Jamaica on Sunday.
“We’re feeling good. The offensive line is blocking and everyone is flowing their assignments”, George Gonzales said.
“We got a strong offense and the defense is shutting them down,” QB Anton Johnson said. “It’s discipline because we’re following what coach (Marc Kahn) says”.