H.S. Wrapup: BCHS, FRHS Come Up Empty On The Road
The Beach Channel Dolphins coaching staff can instruct their players in practice of what formations to run and point out key instructions from the videotapes they scout to perform on gameday.
What the coaching staff, lead by head coach Victor Nazario can't do is correct the mistakes made by his Dolphins on the field. They were involved in a tight road contest with Samuel J. Tilden but caused their own doom with penalties and mistakes in a 16-6 loss last Sunday afternoon.
Beach Channel has a record of 2-4 and their games, except for the opening day 27-0 blowout by Brooklyn Tech, have all been close. What's been the common denominator in their defeats are their mistakes or penalties have come at crucial times in the ballgame. Against a Tilden team, which improved to 5-1, the Dolphins were only down 8-6 for a chunk of the game. In the third quarter, the Dolphins made two long drives on offense but failed to capitalize on a Tilden team, who was bending all day on defense but ultimately did not break.
"It's the same thing. We got nice drives, moving the ball and a penalty will back us up. Penalty, back it up. It's the same things that happened at Homecoming," Zazario said of the mistakes his team made in a 6-3 loss against Campus Magnet on September 30.
"We take two steps forward and two steps back."
An opening 65 yard touchdown by Tilden, which was culminated with a touchdown run by RB Duane Harper, made the score 8-0 in the first four minutes. Harper rushed for 175 yards on the day.
The Dolphins defense, which had forced three interceptions from Tilden QB Gregorio Jacques throughout the day, gave the Dolphins some good field position in the second half.
QB Benjamin Burrello had driven the Dolphins to the Tilden 20 yard line. Attempting to find WR Marcel Guillod in the end zone, it looked for a second as if the Beach Channel receiver would come down with the ball. The Dolphins sideline looked to be celebrating a game leading touchdown by Guillod but he wrestled for the ball with CB Leighton Harding and the Tilden defensive back would come down on the ground with the interception.
With another opportunity to grab the lead late into the third quarter, BCHS was knocking at Tilden's doorstep at the five yard line. Instead of hitting paydirt, the Dolphins committed an unusual two penalties on a first and goal.
The first penalty, a false start on the offense was a five yard penalty. After the play was over, a dead ball personal foul was whistled on offensive lineman William Davis, who allegedly did not allow the defender to get back up on his feet quickly enough. Nazario questioned the call but the penalty would remain 15 yards, which moved them back to the Tilden 25.
An attempted field goal to take the lead was botched on the snap and three more points were lost. Tilden would commit no further mistakes as they ate the clock for most of the fourth quarter. Harper would score another TD run to make it 16-6.
Tyrek Mceachin ran for 160 yards rushing and caught three passes for 56 yards in the defeat for Beach Channel, who will face off against winless John Adams (0-6). Three games remain in a season in which they can earn a playoff berth or go home regretting the mistakes they made.
"We're not in any position to underestimate anybody," Nazario said about not taking John Adams lightly even if they are winless. "With the exception of Brooklyn Tech, every game we played was a winnable game. Again we got to stop that two steps forward and two steps back."
Far Rockaway Routed On Road
The Far Rockaway Seahorses continued to sink to the bottom of the PSAL football standings last Sunday in a 36-6 loss at Lehman High School.
Lehman took advantage by using full use of their option offense to exploit the Seahorses defense. The Lions would score 30 first half points as QB Christopher Anderson ran and threw for almost 180 yards of total offense. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 118 yards, and his two touchdowns to WR Marquis Garcia and Ronald Washington helped give the Lions a 30-0 lead at halftime.Davonne Gittens rushed for 77 yards on 12 carries for the Seahorses, who have lost four straight games and are 1-5 in the standings. They'll have a home game on Saturday at 11 a.m. against winless George Washington (0-6).
In an imporant matchup for Queens, Campus Magnet (3-3) returned from their one game forfeit loss to Jamaica and lost to Madison (6-0), 16-12. A few members of the Bulldogs were alleged to be involved in an incident which violated school rules a few days before their home game with Jamaica.
Beach Channel (9-0-1) made it a clean two game sweep of the peninsula season series with Far Rockaway (2-8) last Wednesday with a 9-1 victory.. M