Gittens, FRHS Run Past Adams For First Win
The frustration was boiling on the Far Rockaway sidelines throughout their game against John Adams. Three touchdowns that the Seahorses believe they earned were wiped away by penalties and the scoreboard would not be changed.
For a team that had lost 36-8 the previous week to New Utrecht, The Seahorses might have thought they were cursed by the gods. Adams were hanging close throughout their matchup but RB Davonne Gittens would not let his opponent get the win at his team's expense.
Gittens, a first year varsity player, rushed for 186 yards as Far Rockaway did just enough to win their first game for head coach Walter Wilkerson 12-6 over Adams. The junior's nickname is Moo-Moo, which his teammates call him for his ability to move the ball, had to watch as his three of his touchdown runs were wiped away on various penalties against Far Rockaway.
Gittens would stay tough as well as Far Rockaway's defense, which recorded two safeties and WR Ednut Egberongbe caught a 13 yard touchdown pass from QB Balkar Singh. Linebacker Dwayne Davison, who did not a play a down of football in two years for Far Rockaway, got a late fourth quarter interception to end an Adams scoring chance.
""I went home and I had to hear my father told me to never give up on my team no more and I did that last week. I didn't do that this week and I wanted that "W"," Gittens said.
Wilkerson said that he was delighted that his team did not give up on themselves after penalties wiped off the points from their total. What also made him happy that as high school football player with Far Rockaway in 1985, Adams had dealt his team a cruel 36-30 loss which dashed their championship hopes that season.
"It felt pretty good that my old high school coach Jake Miller showed up and congratulated me. And it felt good that we won today," Wilkerson said.
Far Rockaway (1-1) played Madison (2-0) at presstime as a game rescheudled due to the Jewish holidays.
Dolphins Deflated At Home
The comeback was exciting but the result was excruciating for Beach Channel. QB Benjamin Burrello thre two touchdowns to tie the game with Grady at 14, but a defensive backfield mixup allowed WR Kester Lewis to score on a last minute 43 yard touchdown pass to gain a 22-14 win.
"I was pleased they didn't give up and I wasn't upset but we got to stop giving up the big play," admitted BCHS head coach Victor Nazario. The Dolphins fell to 0-2 as they played against Jamaica at presstime.