Mceachin, Dolphins Run Wild On Erasmus Hall
Tyrek Mceachin did not take part in a Beach Channel football players' only meeting held the day before their crucial matchup at Erasmus Hall Field last Saturday afternoon. Though he wasn't present, the freshman runningback got the message of what occurred.
Whatever was discussed behind closed doors for a team trying to rebound from a tough overtime home loss against Campus Magnet, seemed to have work. Mceachin would have the best day of his young career, dodging Erasmus Hall defenders all day for 228 yards rushing and scoring four touchdowns in a Beach Channel 30-20 victory.
"We had to do our responsibilities. We shouldn't try to be a hero," Mceachin, the former Rockaway Ravens youth football member said of what the players spoke of in the meeting. "We were talking about how to be a team, have no more penalties and focus on playing the game good. Everybody did their jobs today."
Thrown into fire as a freshman, starting on the varsity team hasn't fazed the precocious Mceachin. An 1-3 record heading into the ballgame did worry him though and he knew his teammates were feeling the pressure. A loss to Erasmus might have setback any hopes of making the PSAL city or bowl playoffs. Any sense of an urgency and desperation for the Dolphins were not apparent on the first drive. Head coach Victor Nazario was surely thinking that it was déj vu all over again like Yogi Berra once said. Erasmus Hall's Kristen Liverpool's nine yard catch and run for a touchdown put them up 8-0 on the first drive. Hopes might have been dashed but Mceachin's legs would start churning and a dormant offense would awaken.
Mceachin would gain 34 yards on the ground to complete a 64 yard touchdown on their first possession to knot the game at 8. Nazario wasn't shy with the game plan as the Dolphins (2-3) blasted through the middle of a porous Erasmus Hall defense for chunks of yardage at a time.
Time and time again he said to his team that they must improve on their concentration, discipline and execution. He didn't know what went on in the meeting but he liked the results on the field.
"My kids told me soon as we came out that we are more physical then they are and we're telling you what to call, trust us and I wasn't going to play around and take chances," Nazario said.
"They told me what was available. The kids proved it. We were more physical than them and they made the plays."
By the end of the first half, Mceachin had struck again, completing two more touchdown runs for a 23-15 Dolphins lead. Nazario was full of praise for his burgeoning star.
"The kid is phenomenal. We're talking about a ninth grade runner who still learning the system.
He is one of the young guys who will be here for years to come. We have some young players coming back the next few years, and I feel comfortable with him helping us," Nazario said.
Erasmus Hall capitalized early in the third quarter as a normally stingy Dolphins defense became like a sponge. Jelani Ramsay would plow into the end zone for a 23-20 touchdown run and all of a sudden, the Dolphins were starting to sweat. The sweat though must have spread also to the football. Erasmus Hall would lose a late third quarter fumble and Mceachin would cap off a 10 yard TD to make it 30-20. Dolphins DT Che Martin recovered a late fourth quarter Erasmus Hall drive and for once in the day, Nazario could breathe a sight of relief. He hopes the good times keep rolling when the Dolphins face off against Tilden (4-1) on Sunday afternoon.
FRHS Loses Again
Far Rockaway head coach Walt Wilkerson can only wish good fortune would be granted upon his team.
He's been looking for that one break or one spark that can get his varsity football Seahorses off of their two game losing streak. But good fortune would turn into bad luck as Thomas Jefferson scored 14 points in the third quarter to break a scoreless tie. A 20-14 loss has put the Seahorses into dire straits as their record is now at 1-4 as the defeats are beginning to pile up.
It's another game we should have won," Wilkerson said. "It's another disappointing loss. My kids aren't playing to their potential. It's frustrating."
A tough road trip to Lehman (3-2), who though losing many seniors from last year's PSAL championship runnerup, will not be an easy task for FRHS.