2004-11-05 / Sports

Far Rock’s Path To Playoff Goes Through BCHS

By Edward Laczynski


The battle for the peninsula will commence this Sunday at Far Rockaway High School when the Seahorses battle the Beach Channel Dolphins. The game will be preceded by Homecoming Day and the festivities will start at 10 a.m. The game will start at 11 a.m. The Seahorses will be avenging last year’s 18-14 loss to the Dolphins. The win gave Beach Channel a PSAL playoff berth. This year, the Seahorses need to win to give themselves a shot at making the playoffs.
The battle for the peninsula will commence this Sunday at Far Rockaway High School when the Seahorses battle the Beach Channel Dolphins. The game will be preceded by Homecoming Day and the festivities will start at 10 a.m. The game will start at 11 a.m. The Seahorses will be avenging last year’s 18-14 loss to the Dolphins. The win gave Beach Channel a PSAL playoff berth. This year, the Seahorses need to win to give themselves a shot at making the playoffs. Far Rockaway cruised to their second straight win easily handling Long Island City 34-14 despite a lackluster first quarter. The win improves Far Rock at 3-4 and sets up a showdown with Beach Channel at homecoming game at Far Rock. For Far Rockaway, the win would mean a potential berth in the PSAL playoffs.

Coach Anthony Miele has faith in his young uprising team. “If we beat Beach Channel we’d be a fourteen or fifteen seed in the playoffs, I’m pretty sure about that.” But the Dolphins would love to play spoiler to their cross peninsula rivals.

Far Rock had a balanced attack throughout the entire game on offense. Quarterback Chris Howard threw for four touchdown passes, two of them hooking up with Shiloh Brown. The TD passes to Brown went for thirty-five and forty-four yards and definitely open up the run game for James Romain and Devon Bryan. Bryan in fact had Far Rock’s first score on a third down fifty yard touchdown run.

With both teams scoring on their first two possessions, this one looked like a shoot out. Far Rock’s defense had come out of the gate sleeping. “We came out in the first quarter sleeping, we got caught on a kickoff return,” said Coach Miele after the game. But a big strip by Shiloh Brown on LIC’s third possession woke up the Far Rockaway defense. They did not allow the Bulldogs to score again for the remainder of the game.

On the ensuing play after the strip, Howard hooked up with Shiloh Brown for a long TD pass. Far Rock took the lead 18-14 and did not look back.

When the game ended there was little celebration as Far Rock had its sights set on a bigger prize. For senior Quarterback Chris Howard, he knows that his throwing days at Far Rock could end soon if they don’t win against Beach Channel.

“Playoff game today, playoff game next week, and then the second season starts,” Howard said.

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