2005-09-16 / Sports

Staten Island Blanks FRHS, BC

By Elio Velez

If New Dorp High School could be compared to a Broadway show, then critics can label it a smash hit. The name featured on the top of the New Dorp football marquee, Andre Smith, can take a bow for his masterful performance against Far Rockaway last Saturday.

The high Division I prospect running back ran, threw, skated and skirted through a porous Seahorses defense as New Dorp won in a home laugher, 40-0 in the first PSAL game of the season.

The 5’10 running back scored three touchdowns on running, passing and a punt return as Far Rockaway did not have an answer all day for him.

“I’m not amazed because I’ve seen him for years. But I’ve said from the first day I’ve seen him that this kid is instant offense even when something isn’t there, he makes things happen,” App said.

“He can do anything. Special teams, defensive, offensively; he gets the job done. “

The only bright spot of the day was the first play of the game as the Seahorses recovered the onside kick. But like the rest of the day, they were booed off stage for their ragged play.

After a three and out series, New Dorp scored on their first possession. Andre Smith took a direct hand off and scampered untouched for a 28 yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. And the rout was on.

The defense of New Dorp, who allowed almost 30 points per game last year, stifled runningback Jeremy Pruitt and the Seahorses offense.

A huge hit by Flamur Lala led to a Adrian Harris recovery, which was one of five fumbles that the New Dorp defense caused all day. Quarterback Jelani Woseley took a first down handoff, broke two tackles and scored on a 41 yard TD run to make it 14-0.

The backbreaker for Seahorses occurred late in the second half.

QB Steven Flake felt the pressure from the opposing defense and threw up a ball that fell into the hands of cornerback Dennis Ames. He easily went down the sidelines untouched for an 82 yard interception return to make it 20-0.

It didn’t get much better. Far Rockaway muffed the kickoff and on the last play of the half, WR Freddie Santana caught a pass and used his speed to evade defenders. A 55 yard touchdown put New Dorp into the half with a 28-0 lead and the wind knocked out of the Seahorses’ sails.

A painful look remained on the face of Far Rockaway head coach Anthony Miele all afternoon. It was his worst defeat in his tenure at the school.

“I’m not shocked. This is my fault and the coaches for not getting this team ready to play,” Miele said.

“We got beat on all angles. I have nothing positive to say. We need to regroup. We started off 1-4 last year and there is talent on this team. The score does not represent what it should have been.”

It’s a loss which his team must quickly bounce back from if they want to compete against Columbus (Saturday, 1 p.m. at FRHS).

“It’s a very talented team if we come together and I truly mean that. But when things go bad they can go bad on any level,” Miele added.

Beach Channel Gets Shelled

Half a mile away from New Dorp High School, McKee Staten Island Tech easily handled the visiting Dolphins in winning 26-0.

It was an inauspicious start for Beach Channel as they committed four first half fumbles and allowed 20 points.

A few of the fumbles led to points but the Dolphins’ defense could not hold the first touchdown by McKee on the day.

“We held them to two fourth and long plays and they completed each one, Dolphins head coach Marty Senall said.

The first play was completed for a 30 yard touchdown pass by QB Roland Latiz, who just entered the game to WR Kevin Davi to make it 6-0.

Dolphins QB Marcel Guilliod fumbled on the next series. McKee’s Dominic Di Giorgio returned to the game at quarterback and threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0.

Beach Channel wanted to grind the ball with their running game but even with 160 yards of rushing, they could not put points on the board.

The Dolphins will have their home opener on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Madison in hopes of turning things around.

“We tried to grind away and keep the game close but the fumbled opened up the game for them,” Senall says. “We’re looking forward to coming home. Channel kids hang in there!’’

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