Far Rockaway Win Gains Playoff Berth
It wasn’t a crisp effort but the Seahorses made enough big plays to stop the Bulldogs.
On their first possession, Steven Flake returned a punt in the first quarter for a 77 yard touchdown to make it 6-0. He initially dropped the ball but recovered and burst through an open seam on the left side of the field for the score.
The Bulldogs’ balloon was bursted when they dropped two potential touchdown passes in the first quarter, which could have the complexity of the game. Head coach Eric Barnett could only shake his head at the lost chances his squad had.
“I hurt for my team. We dropped two touchdown passes and if we didn’t, we’d still be in this game,” Barnett said of his team who finished the year with a record of 2-7.
Backup RB Michael Shaw found a hole at the Campus Magnet 45 yard line and burst through a hole for a 55 yard TD run to make it 14-0.
“I saw my two leads blocks I see two men coming. And I saw my assignment, hit the hole and I knew what to do,” Shaw said.
What Far Rockaway couldn’t do was play a flawless 48 minutes of football and three turnovers kept Campus in the game. It wasn’t until Karl Allwood ran for 3 of his 191 yards on a touchdown run in the third quarter that put the game out of reach at 26-0.
“We were not on point fully. They’re (Campus Magnet) not that bad. We weren’t on the level that we felt we should be at,” head coach Anthony Miele admitted after the game.
We didn’t play a great game today. We did enough to score points. A win is a win. I rather play poorly and win than play great and lose. We had a couple of big plays.”
The second part of the mission was to await the result of heading to the city championship, which some players admitted wanting to qualify for.
With their record at 6-3, they had a decent chance to win a spot along with 15 other teams in the PSAL city championship playoffs which begin on Saturday. But at 4 p.m., the PSAL had displayed the final standings and the Seahorses were not pleased with their results.
A complicated power points system, which tabulates the quality of opponents and strength of schedule, determined that Far Rockaway finished in 19 th place and with 287 points. Despite their record and three teams above them losing, it wasn’t enough to move into the city championship.
Miele was unhappy to say the least.
“We took care of everyone we was supposed to. We’re young and we’re 6-3 and it was better than last year.
Last year, we were a 5 and we ended up 5-4. This year we’re a 3 and we play two 5 teams and we still don’t get in with 287 power points
We were 19 before today and three of five teams that lost were ahead of us and today we’re still 19th. You figure that one out.”
Instead, they will play in the newly created 8 team PSAL Bowl playoffs at Erasmus Hall on Sunday at 12 p.m. but another circumstance of the system burned the Seahorses.
The PSAL ranked Far Rock with a 3 rating to begin the season. When the season ends, anyone who makes the playoffs with 5 level rating gets seeded above any team with a 3. In the bowl system, the Seahorses, who finished with a better record than Curtis, Brooklyn Tech and New Utrecht will instead be placed below those teams.
Miele is happy to play in the postseason but he echoes the sentiments from most of his players that competing for the city title is better than a bowl win.
“For our program overall it’s an excellent idea for us but are we happy that we’re not involved in the (city championship) playoffs probably yes.
It’s a positive for our kids but sometimes I don’t understand how the system ever works. I don’t understand why teams who are ahead of us lose and we’re still 19.”
Dolphins Lose To Adams
John Adams got their first win of the season at the expense of Beach Channel. RB Samuel Hill rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns as Adams won 20-14 to finish the season at 1-8.
RB Nathaniel Howard rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown as the lone bright spot for the Dolphins. It was their fourth straight loss as they fall to 1-8.
“I told the players they were a nice bunch of kids and that I plan to return next year. We’ll be ok and we still got a lot to work on,” head coach Marty Senall said.