Campus Magnet Shocks Homecoming Dolphins
Campus Magnet football head coach Eric Barnett had to come up with a play in overtime that would give his team a victory. It was now or never
On their Homecoming Day, Beach Channel had finally broken a scoreless tie with their first possession in overtime. George Garrigo's 25 yard field goal attempt wasn't pretty but the kick was good and it gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs had the football at the Dolphins' 17 yard line when Barnett used an old play he used when he coached the Springfield Rifles youth football team years ago. WR Stephen Benjamin, the 6 foot 3 target, crossed the middle of the field and caught a leaping pass from QB Datalia Holness in the endzone to clinch a 6-3 win over a dejected Dolphins team last Saturday afternoon.
It was no secret that Campus Magnet as going to use their big target as a means to get to the end zone. The Dolphins knew the pass was coming but their defensive backfield was yards away from Benjamin. By the time he made his leap, it was a matter of making the catch. Barnett will take the win because his team improves them to 3-1 and the only Queens football team to have a winning record.
"It wasn't about the element of surprise. I just said to my team it's about execution. We practice that every week. He (Datalia) made a good pass and (Stephen) made the touchdown," Barnett said.
It can be argued the Dolphins could have won the game before it headed to overtime. Penalties though dashed their dreams and they fell to 1-3. A first quarter interception by the Dolphins was returned for a 70 yard touchdown but an illegal block in the back erased the score. It was the beginning of a series of events which disappointed and incensed Dolphins head coach Victor Nazario regarding his team's crucial mistakes.
"It's the same thing we been dealing with all year. The team played their hearts off and we made one, two or three mental lapses and they capitalized. It's been haunting us all year," Nazario said. "We can't do that. We talked to the kids and we can't play well for three or four quarters and let one play beat us."
Instead of a 2-2 record in the PSAL, the Dolphins fell to 1-3 and any chance of making the playoffs will require a win at Erasmus Hall (2-2) on Saturday (12 p.m.)
FRHS Lose In OT
The Far Rockaway Seahorses also suffered from the overtime blues as their peninsula counterparts as Samuel Tilden scored the last touchdown in a 20-14 win. Tilden (3-1) and Far Rockaway (1-3) each scored a touchdown in the second quarter and the score remained tied until the overtime. The Seahorses scored a touchdown in the overtime but Tilden QB Mailek Gilmore completed two of his three TD passes to RB Shaine Mathurin in the extra session.
Mathurin caught a pass out of the backfield at the twenty-five yard line and collided with Far Rockaway's Shawn Shaw and Ednut Egberongbe. The Tilden RB stayed on his feet and continued down the sidelines for the final score. The Seahorses, who were led by 100 yard rusher Davonne Gittens, face their own must win at Jefferson (2-2) at 12 p.m.
"It was a heartbreaker. We were all terribly upset. "If I was a spectactor on the sideline, I can sit back and say it was a great game. But I'm the head coach and I can't think that way. Maybe I'll do it after the season," FRHS head coach Walter Wilkerson said.