2004-10-22 / Sports

Seahorses Suffer Big Loss To City Champions Tottenville

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway has written a movie script that has applied to their four losses this year. In Tottenville’s 23-12 victory last Saturday, the defending city champions memorized the script and acted to perfection. Here is the basic outline to that script:

1) The Seahorses play hard in the first half.

2) The Seahorses offense looks strong.

3) The defense holds down the opposition’s high scoring offense.

4) Far Rockaway has a halftime lead.

The Seahorses followed that part of the script in their first half as they had a 12-10 lead. Down 7-0 after a Ryan Sullivan 25 yard touchdown reception, Far Rockaway running back James Romain took a pitchback and streaked down the left sideline for a 70 yard touchdown run to make it 7-6.

A possible all-city candidate, Romain made a huge play on defense as he his big hit prevented a sure touchdown by Totenville’s Abraham Dulkuly. That hit sparked Far Rockaway on a 94-yard touchdown drive which culminated on a 29 yard touchdown pass from QB Chris Howard to Emmanuel Green. It seemed like goodtimes for the Seahorses but in the second half, they remembered what the second half script entails in their 2-4 season:

1) The opposing team starts out strong in the second half

2) The offense fades away.

3) The defense fades away.

4) Far Rockaway falls behind in the second half.

As defending city champions, Tottenville knows what it takes to win and that was evident in the second half. Senior QB Frank Messina took the reins as he teamed up with WR Ryan Sullivan to destroy any chances of a Seahorses upset.

“We tried to mix in the play action to draw off the linebackers and get him (Sullivan) open in the flats,” coach James Munson said.

On the Pirates’ second drive of the half, Sullivan was wide open in the middle of the field as he caught four of his 10 receptions. That led to an Edmund Laryea 2 yard touchdown run for a 16-12 lead.

With the Far Rock offense stalling, the defense spent most of the time on the field. All city defensive tackle Ricardo Remy was tripled team and could not generate a pass rush. The team failed to tackle and could not stop the run.

The game was put out of reach in the fourth quarter. RB Kalid Samad ran untouched for a 25 yard touchdown run to give Tottenville a 23-12 lead.

“We executed better in the second half,” Munson said after Tottenville improved their record to 3-2. “We’re not young but we’re inexperienced. We lost 9 starters on offense this year and 11 starters on defense but we’re starting to get going.”

Senior wide receiver Shiloh Brown is clearly frustrated at where Far Rockaway stands right now.

“We just got to stay together and that something that’s out biggest problem. We can’t put a whole game together”.

“We play half a game. I don’t know what happened to us in the second half”, Brown said. The loss seriously hurts theSeahorses chances as they stand at 2-4 overall and 1-4 in Queens. They will need to win their final three games against August Martin, Long Island City and Beach Channel to have a winning record.

To receive a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs, the Seahorses will need some losses from teams ahead of them in the standings to sneak in.

Their first test will be at August Martin on Saturday at 1 p.m. “We have to win our last three games and destiny is out of our hands and control. We have a whole season left and we got to take care of it,” head coach Anthony Miele said.

(Next week: Find out on why defensive tackle Ricardo Remy is one of the most underrated players in the city.)

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