2004-10-29 / Sports

Team Effort Leads To Far Rockaway Win

By Edward Laczynski


On homecoming day at August Martin, Far Rockaway (2-4) came out and trounced the Falcons 22-6. They won their second game of the year and ended a five game losing streak. The defense, reenergized by star defensive end Ricardo Remy, forced two turnovers on August Martin’s (1-5) first two possessions. Each led to Far Rock touchdowns.

“We put the nail in the coffin early, so they wouldn’t come back,” said Lawrence Whitehead, who had a fumble return for a touchdown.

The first score of the game came on a dazzling run by James Romain on a thirty yard scamper into the end zone. “My lead blocker Lawrence Whitehead opened up the hole and I saw green and I took it all the way,” Romain said. “My mentality was touchdown.”

Romain saw green all day and is now eighth in the PSAL in rushing. He showed why he may be the most exciting running back in all of Queens. On one sweep play to the right, Romain saw no openings and took the ball to the opposite sideline for a fifteen yard gain, “That’s the James Romain cutback,” he said jokingly after the game. But the joke was really on an August Martin defense that could not find a way to tackle this elusive back.

Far Rock keyed in on Roderic Reese of August Martin, who is currently sixth in the PSAL in rushing, and shut him down. The defense was bolstered by the return of Ricardo Remy, who is just getting back into the groove after missing the first five games of the season with a foot injury.

He had seven tackles and two sacks in his best game since the injury.

Remy is being recruited by division one schools throughout the region. Coach Miele has nothing but praise for his star defensive player, “He’s a kid that should go to college and play on a higher level.” Iona, Albany and Buffalo have all showed interest in this local talent.

The win was Far Rock’s first win at August Martin in twenty years and may give them the momentum to reach the playoffs. They need to run the table and win the next two games in order to qualify. Next up for Far Rock is Long Island City (2-4, Saturday, 11 a.m. at Far Rock). It is a must win for both teams as a loss would put each of them out of playoff contention.

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