2005-09-30 / Sports

FRHS Puts Win On The Scoreboard

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway running back Karl Allwood (14) sheds Evander Childs’ tacklers to get the first down. Photo by Pete Borriello.Far Rockaway running back Karl Allwood (14) sheds Evander Childs’ tacklers to get the first down. Photo by Pete Borriello. Karl Allwood may not be one of the loudest or flashiest members of the Far Rockaway football team. But in his first start at runningback, he gained 220 yards on the ground and it was his contributions that helped jumpstart a moribund Far Rockaway offense. They outscored Evander Childs 34-30, last Saturday, to gain their first win of the season.

Thirty four points was a welcome change for the Seahorses after they were blownout by New Dorp and Columbus in their first two defeats. Allwood says that he felt like the team could have done a lot more if they wanted to salvage their season.

“I was feeling like we’re a better team than this and we’re playing like we couldn’t play this game at all,” the senior said.

“But we had good practices and we came together like family and we said that we had to win!”

Allwood was one of many Seahorses (1-2) that switched to new positions during a week of practices heading up to the game.

Switched on the offense from wide receiver to runningback, Allwood scored two touchdowns and his 74 yard run was the longest of the day. He admitted it was his greatest day in a uniform and he equaled his prowess on defense with 4 sacks and 12 tackles.

Senior captain Jeremy Pruitt says that the team adjusted well to the changes. With the good play from Allwood, it freed him to do a lot more things to help the team by rushed for 68 yards and two sacks on defense.

“We were arguing before now we’re together as one family and one unit. It was a good transition because it opened things up for Karl because most teams are watching me,” Pruitt said.

Evander Childs did not go quietly into that good night.

Brian Farmer returned a 74 yard kickoff as part of a 16 point third quarter as they regained a 22-20 lead. Coach Miele installed quarterback Balkar Singh, and the first year varsity player threw the ball down the field to complete 8 of 12 for 173 yards. He connected with WR Ednut Egberongbe, who caught a 65 yard touchdown pass for his second score of the day.

“We have chemistry from last year,” Egberongbe, who was also on the 6-2 JV team last year, said. “I went down on a fade pattern and I went up there and I got it.”

Up 34-30, the Seahorses defense made a last stand. They induced a fumble in which Jeremy Pruitt recovered and ran back for an apparent touchdown.

The TD was called back due to a penalty but they retained possession and ran out the clock. The penalty was one example of how Coach Miele says that his team did not play a flawless game but still was effective when it counted.

“We spread it out to different players this game. We were sloppy but we made moves and were able to throw the ball down. “We do have ability and if I didn’t think we had that ability, we would be in sorry shape,” Miele said.

“We’re going to be fine from here on in. We’ll take it one game at a time and take care of things in our own house and worry about that.”

Christopher Columbus 38

Beach Channel 0

Columbus completed their sweep of Rockaway teams as they drubbed the Dolphins at home. RB Tyshaun Neal rushed for 223 yards and scored two touchdowns. Damani Bennett and Daniel Bardales also scored rushing touchdowns for Columbus, who after a scoreless first quarter, poured in 17 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third.

Beach Channel (0-3) will play the first of three consecutive home games against Erasmus Hall (3-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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