Dolphins Win Clinches PSAL Playoff Berth
Victor Nazario had to prepare his Beach Channel Dolphins for their last game of the PSAL regular season against a winless George Washington. The first year head coach had his share of ups and downs back at the coaching helm. When he woke up on Sunday, the Dolphins were on the outside of the final PSAL Bowl spot which was held by Thomas Jefferson.
The fact that he knew his squad needed help from Tilden, who needed to beat Jefferson to enter the playoffs was on his mind the entire day.
The Dolphins had to take care of their own business first and they would do so against a hapless George Washington in a 29-0 victory.
Later that afternoon, Nazario got the call while sitting in the BCHS stands watching the Rockaway Ravens play in an AYF playoff game. His team's playoff hopes were answered.
Tilden's 28-26 comeback victory gave the Dolphins, who ended the campaign with a 4-5 record, a chance to participate in the post-season.
After the varsity program finished 1-8 in consecutive seasons, Nazario says it feels pretty good to be preparing for his first round opponent Boys and Girls this Sunday.
"It feels great. I'm happy for the kids and the program," Nazario said. We played with some heart today."
A couple of key errors in close losses to Tilden, Grady and their overtime defeat to Campus Magnet helped put Beach Channel in the predicament they was in when the day started.
Nazario says they can disregard those past failures and sins as a new season begins,
"That's what happens when you put your own destiny in someone else's hands. But now we're in and we have to handle our business next week," Nazario said.
The team may have played their most crisp effort of the season and the first example was Beach Channel's offense, which was missing in action in their previous 36-6 loss to Madison, was rediscovered. RB Tyrek Mcceachin finished the game with 200 yards and two touchdowns
QB Benjamin Burrello, the sophomore who completed six of seven passes for 125 yards, connected twice with WR Marcel Guillod for touchdowns.
"Winning this game was on my mind first.....The (offensive) line gave me time to throw and we all worked together to get the job done," Burrello said.
Boys and Girls
BCHS will now prepare for Boys and Girls (Sunday, 12 p.m. at Old Boys High School Field at 708 Maple Sreet in Brooklyn). Though their opponent finished with a 3-6 record, their 5 power rating made them the home team.
Boys and Girls also have the leading rusher in the city, Owusu Anane, who finished with 1722 yards and 14 touchdowns. Their 28-14 victory against South Shore was the biggest win of their season.
Seahorses Season Ends
Far Rockaway's varsity football season ended on a down note in a 28-14 home loss to Jamaica (4-5) last Sunday. The Seahorses seven defeats- they finished the 2006 season with a 2-7 record- was to teams who have qualified for the PSAL City Championship or the PSAL Bowl playoffs.
Turnovers hurt Far Rockaway as Jamaica's defense intercepted QB Balkar Singh three times in the day.
With excellent field position, Jamaica QB Kamario Darby threw two touchdown passes to WR Elihu Barclay and Major Harris to gain a 20-6 lead at halftime.
RB Davonne Gittens continued to be one of the bright spots for Far Rockaway this season as he finished with 248 yards rushing on 22 carries and a touchdown.
On the defensive side, Erik Smith recovered two fumbles with Earl Armstrong and Shawn Shaw each recovering a fumble. DT Shaun Wheeler finished his varsity career with two sacks and leading tackler David Lawson added 10 more to his total of 110. The Bulldogs (5-4) clinched a spot in the PSAL Bowl and travel to Brooklyn Tech on Sunday. Campus Magnet (5-4) takes on Tottenville (3-6) in a bowl game.