Seahorses Comeback For Road Victory
It was a beautiful day to play football last Saturday but the Seahorses weren’t celebrating that fact in the third quarter. Far Rockaway wasn’t playing well, committed silly mistakes and was down 14-7 to a spirited Madison squad.
But the Seahorses didn’t keep their heads down. For the first time this season, they erased a third quarter deficit and rallied to win 21-14 on the road to even their record at 2-2.
“A win is a win and I’m happy that we got it,” head coach Anthony Miele said. “It was the first time in a long time that we’ve had a deficit in the fourth quarter and made a comeback.”
A wild play in the middle of the third quarter switched the momentum from Madison to Far Rockaway in a matter of seconds.
On third and 18 at the Madison 41, Knights QB Joseph Newton was heavily pressured and scrambled almost out of bounds on the sidelines. Throwing across his body, he found WR Anthony Gasparre open in the middle of the field. Linebacker Jeremy Pruitt quickly pursued, ripped the ball from Gasparre’ hands and rumbled untouched for a 48 yard touchdown to even the score at 14.
The score gave Far Rockaway a shot of confidence that didn’t seem to be evident prior to that play. Madison had kept their two prior drives to the endzone alive on key defensive penalties done by their opponents.
In the fourth quarter, the Seahorses erased their immediate past to give themselves a brighter future.
After Pruitt fumbled a handoff deep on the Far Rockaway 15 yard line, the Knights then coughed up the ball on their first play on offense. With a 3rd and 6 at the FRHS 18 with less than 5 minutes left, RB Karl Alwood caught a screen pass underneath.
With key blocks from offensive linemen Earl Armstrong and Shaun Wheeler, Allwood streaked down the sidelines for a 75 yard run and was upended on the Madison 7 yard line.
Pruitt took a first down handoff and dived to the corner of the endzone to give the Seahorses a 21-14 lead. Though he made some miscues with two fumbles, the senior captain was more than happy for the opportunity to do something positive.
“We have to fight for the playoffs. We lose to a team like this, there would be no chance to make the playoffs,” a relieved Pruitt, who rushed for 101 yards said after the game. “That was in my mind all the time.”
First year safety Ednut Egberongbe used his 6 foot 3 frame and easily intercepted a long pass intended to WR Andre Coley with 2 minutes left.
Though the building blocks seem to be in place, there were still many rough patches before the rally. A roughing the passer penalty committed by FRHS on a third and 12 helped Madison score their first touchdown. A facemask penalty helped setup a deflected 18 yard touchdown pass by Gasparre for a 14-7 Knights lead.
Since it is a young team comprised of sophomores and juniors, Miele has said it would take a while to gain the maturity and poise needed to win ballgames.
“There’s no doubt that we need to work on out mistakes. But as I keep saying we’re going to be allright and have a shot to win,” Miele said.
It may be a work in progress but the Seahorses now find themselves with the best record in Queens. Bayside fell to 1-3 with a 20-7 loss to Port Richmond.
Miele does not look at the records of other neighboring Queens teams. The approach he takes is that with five games to go, each matchup must be a considered a playoff game, starting with Long Island City this Sunday. With five games left in the season, the drive for the playoffs starts now.
“Every week is different and you don’t know what each team will bring.” Miele added, “We just got to go in there and take care of our business.”
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Beach Channel 8
For one half, Beach Channel was in the ballgame and only down 14-8 going into the half.
Dolphins Linebacker David Castillo, who returned from an injury and missed last week’s game, intercepted a pass from QB Quentin Sumpter in the second quarter. A few plays later, QB Jerel Wilson completed a 4 yard touchdown run and the Dolphins scored their first touchdown of the season. The good times didn’t last long.
Cue the second half. Erasmus Hall, led by runningback Devaris Jenkins’ 182 yards, scored 20 consecutive points to complete a 34-8 win and improve to 4-0. Beach Channel falls to 0-4 and host winless Jamaica (0-4) on Sunday at 12 p.m. Homecoming Day will take place on October 15 at 11 a.m. with a $5 admission as the Dolphins take on Far Rockaway.