2005-10-14 / Sports

FRHS, BC Wins Set Up Peninsula Showdown

By Elio Velez

Offensive lineman Carlton Robinson (58) goes upfield to make a block for RB Karl Allwood (14) against Long Island City. Photos by Pete Borriello.Offensive lineman Carlton Robinson (58) goes upfield to make a block for RB Karl Allwood (14) against Long Island City. Photos by Pete Borriello. The exuberance and jubilation expressed from the Far Rockaway sidelines last Sunday was a complete 180 degree turnaround from the depressed state following a 0-2 start in early September.

A reinvigorated team shelled Long Island City for 35-8 win on the road and garnered their third straight victory. They will bring a 3-2 record and the only team in the borough of Queens to be over .500 to Beach Channel on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Steven Flake (5) evades to Long Island City players as he returned a punt for a touchdown. Steven Flake (5) evades to Long Island City players as he returned a punt for a touchdown. The Seahorses have seem to found the right formula. In the last three games, the offense seems to be benefiting with 85 points scored in three games but it’s been all the components that have sparked a Seahorses renaissance according to Coach Anthony Miele.

“We’re able to mix things up. We can run it we can throw and we can do lots of different things. But the defense too is playing very well,” Miele said.

On the first series of the day, Karl Allwood, who was moved from playing tight end to runningback, got the ball rolling for Far Rock on the first series of the game.Catching a screen pass from QB Balkar Singh, Allwood shed a tackler and went untouched down the sidelines for a 50 yard reception to give the Seahorses an a 6-0 lead. Allwood ran for 170 yards and caught 4 passes on the day.

Everytime Karl touches the ball, he gives us positive yards. It’s about moving the chains,” Coach Miele said after the game. “He came from not playing the running back position ever in his life. It’s amazing on any level that he can do well.”

“We changed a lot of things and people started stepping up and everything is going good right now,” Allwood says. “All that individual stuff we were doing wasn’t working.”

Wingback Steven Flake showed off his impressive speed. On a third down and 15 on the Far Rock 42 yard line, Flake took a reverse as sprinted down the sidelines for a 58 yard run to make it 14-0. Late in the second half, Flake ended the game for all intents and purposes as he evaded three Bulldogs and ran back a 55 yard punt return. It gave Far Rockaway a 29-8 lead at halftime.

For Flake, the switch from starting quarterback to runningback and special teams after Week 2 could have upset him. Flake could have played last season but was left off the team for disciplinary reasons. This season, Miele says he has matured as a player.

“He handled it (the move from QB) great. He didn’t have a choice. The move was being made because he wasn’t playing bad but he gives us a greater opportunity to run the ball,” Miele says. “He helps us make us a more balanced offensive team.”

The next test for the Seahorses will be the ever important peninsula war with Beach Channel. Senior RB Jeremy Pruitt, who ran for more than 100 yards and made 13 tackles on defense, is not short on confidence.

“We’re coming together and we ready. We want to let Beach Channel know we’re coming. We’re coming for them. It’s like Army- Navy. It’s on,” Pruitt said with a huge grin on his face. Let the battle of Rockaway commence.

Dolphins Finally Break Losing Streak With Overtime Victory

The Beach Channel Dolphins psyche was battered over the past few weeks in losing consecutive blowouts to Columbus and Erasmus Hall at home to fall to 0-4.

So it had to take something special and something extra, such as overtime to cure the past ills. RB Nathaniel Howard’s touchdown and two point conversion gave Beach Channel a thrilling 22-20 victory over Jamaica. It was an exciting ending but at times frustrating and an experience which could led to head coach Marty Senall pulling his hair out.

“We physically dominated them but we made some silly mistakes and we shouldn’t have let them hang in the game,” head coach Marty Senall admitted after the game.

Howard, who rushed for 101 yards on 32 carries, was part of a running game that dominated time of possession on the clock. But it was turnovers on the Dolphin special teams that gave Jamaica their 14 points on the day.

With the game heading into overtime, the Dolphins defense stepped up in overtime when it counted. The first possession of the overtime, which started on the BC 20 yard line, had RB James Simons plunge into the end zone for a Jamaica 20-14 lead. LB Zachary Simon stuffed Simons on an important 2 point conversion as Bc got the ball at its own 20.

On a fourth down and needing 30 yards to make the first down, QB Jerel Wilson threw up a prayer of a pass. WR Marcel Guilliod grabbed the ball and got a first down at the 2 yard line and led to Howard’s eventual heroics. It was a win much needed to take with them on Homecoming Day according to Senall. “I know the kids are going to be up for this game. They know each other.”

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