Dolphins Sink To The Bottom On Senior Day
After a 1-3 start to the season and starting the game in last place with the least amount of points scored in the standings, Beach Channel (1-4, 10th place) welcomed their Varsity Football Team at Homecoming this past Saturday against the Long Island City Bulldogs (2-3, 4th place). Blue and yellow filled the seats as radio station Power 105.1 guest DJ’d the pre-game festivities on overcast Saturday morning. It was a good day for football.
Just moments after the crowd cheered at the player introductions, the Dolphins’ offense came up short as they have done all this season. Turning the ball over after four plays, Beach Channel was overpowered early on as Long Island City pushed their way to a first possession touchdown when wide receiver Preston Bell surprised the Dolphins with a 9-yard run.
On the ensuing Beach Channel possession, senior Lemonte Attles provided the energy boost that the team and fans desperately needed. Attles connected on a 73-yard touchdown pass to Markel Serrano to tie at` 7-7.
The play seemed to turn the Beach Channel team around as the players on the bench and the Junior Varsity players on the sidelines started to urge their teammates on.
Long Island City’s grew frustrated at the Dolphin defense after several close chances to push for first down failed. As the second half commenced, the Dolphins continued to look strong on defense only to have the offense come up short once again.
Coach Victor Nazario howled at his players throughout the game about simply executing on their plays. Both teams seemed to want to win, but neither acted on the feeling—the game was left completely up for grabs.
As the clock ticked down to 2:00 minutes in the fourth quarter, Long Island City surprised everyone once again as Preston Bell caught a short pass in the end zone to leave the score at 13-7. After a successful two-point conversion, the team went up 15-7, leaving the Dolphins in a mountain of trouble.
The crowd started up again with less than a minute remaining, and Lemonte Attles looked for the long distance connection once again, throwing up a prayer in the final seconds. The ball seemed perfectly on-target until four Bulldogs collided with the wide receiver, in what seemed to be an obvious pass interference call.
As everyone waited for the yellow flag to fall, the official instead signaled the game over and Long Island City poured onto the field in victory as the home bench nearly erupted in protest. A dramatic ending to a hard fought game left several seniors with heads-in-hands on the ground, but Coach Nazario did not want to see that on this day. The final tally remained at 15-7, and although the scoreboard blinked 14-7, the game was closer than it seemed.
Beach Channel remains solely in last place in the Queens Division and with strong teams in Wagner and Bayside scheduled on the road in the upcoming weeks. The season ends in three weeks against Far Rockaway in a peninsula bragging-rights contest, but this Dolphin team needs to close the gap between themselves and 9th place before anyone can brag this season.