Beach Channel Grabs First Football Victory
Beach Channel head coach Victor Nazario was watching inside of one of the school classrooms of the video of his Dolphins PSAL football game against Jamaica from September 21.
There were times Nazario was pleased at the execution of his team. But more times than not, he cringed at the numerous mistakes that cost Beach Channel.
The other team on the tape wasn't exempt from committing more errors, which was one of the factors in the Dolphins winning 14-6 and snapping a two game losing streak.
"Ugly isn't the word," was Nazario's first reaction about the game.
He had watched his offense play sloppy and fumble the ball eight times in the contest. Jamaica would recover three fumbles but they would be stymied all day by a defense that Nazario would be pleased with.
Jamaica's RB tandem of Nyles Bynum and James Simons would be held to 59 yards combined on 26 attempts. The Dolphins defense, who forced three fumbles on the day, only allowed a nine yard touchdown run from Bynum in the second quarter.
"Our defense played an outstanding football game. I know about #5 (Bynum). He's a one man show and he tried his best but we did a great job in shutting them down," Nazario said
With Jamaica (0-3) at the Dolphins 25 yard line and driving down field on their first possession of the ballgame, QB Kevin Rampat's pass was intended to find Bynum on the flat. Linebacker George Garrigo would step into the attempted pass and intercepted the ball all the way for a 80 yard TD return and an eventual 8-0 lead.
Nazario had a lot of praise for DE Anthony Johnson, who terrorized Jamaica for eight sacks and nine tackles.
"Anthony is just Anthony. I don't know where we would be without that kid. He made 8 tackles, 3 QB sacks. When he wasn't doing that, he was taking on blockers," Nazario said. "He played his position perfectly and I give the kids a report card each week, he would get an A+."
The Dolphins finally found a running game and RB Tyrek Mceachin did compile 100 yards on 12 carries in his first start. The freshman ran hard but also got a bad case of fumbleitis in dropping the ball on the ground three times. Luckily, it didn't hurt them in the end.
Every game is important but the first Queens matchup on Saturday against Campus Magnet (2-1) will be the first major test to see how much the Dolphins have improved. Mix in the fact that BCHS will have Homecoming Day (1 p.m.), the emotions surrounding the events of the day could galvanize the Dolphins to win or drown them as they depart the field with a loss. Nazario hopes for the former.
Madison Tramples Seahorses
As the scoreboard clock reached zero hour, Walter Wilkerson had a lot to shake his head with the poor performance his own Far Rockaway Seahorses had put on the football field.
James Madison dominated early and put on a show of smashmouth football that was simple in its plan but deadly on their execution. The Far Rockaway home crowd would have nothing to celebrate on Thursday, September 21 as the Seahorses were thrashed 42-0.
But the most disappointing fact for Wilkerson was to see his team suffer through infighting and fingerpointing as the game went on. The most glaring example was senior DE Melvin Muir, a player Wilkerson coached while in junior varsity get frustrated enough to hand in his uniform and quit after the game.That affected Wilkerson just as much as losing the game.
"I just did not like the way he acted.
He walked off the field and said he didn't want to play football anymore. I tired to sit down and talk to him but he didn't want to listen. I'm not going to have players who want to quit on the team," Wilkerson said.
"It disappointed me most because I stress that they have to work as a team."
Coming off a 12-6 win over John Adams, everything that could go wrong went wrong for Far Rockaway.
Madison (4-0) made every possession count on the scoreboard and got off to a 28-0 lead at halftime. The Knights weren't fancy, employing a power game which used six different RB's to run up the gut of the Far Rockaway defense for touchdown after touchdown. QB Jospeh Newton threw only five times but completed two touchdown passes.
"They punched us in the mouth. Its frustrating to lose when they did nothing fancy but jam the ball down our throats," Wilkerson said.
The Seahorses dropped passes, could not make key blocks and did everything else to not win a game. It's gut-check time against Tilden (2-1) on the road Saturday at 12 p.m. Wilkerson says his team has got to step up their game. He hopes they do.
Campus Fails Test
The Campus Magnet Bulldogs was flying high, after wins against August Martin and Thomas Jefferson to start the season a with a 2-0 record . The 40-10 defeat to Clinton H.S. last Friday brought them back to earth.
Only down 12-10 in front of a exuberant and boisterous crowd in the North Bronx, Campus Magnet was in the game. Until the second half began.
An interception thrown by QB Datalia Holness gave Clinton the opportunity to open the scoring floodgates. QB Christopher Welch and Brandon Ferary scored two rushing touchdowns in the game
Starting RB Anthony Roberts, the sophomore who lives close to Far Rockaway High School, is not about to panic after one loss. He remains confident that the Bulldogs will make an impact this season in the PSAL.
"They just executed more than we did. They executed their assignments well. We had our chances to score but penalties and other mistakes hurt us."