BCHS Gets Upended In PSAL Playoffs
Che Martin did not have a lot to celebrate in his first two years on the Beach Channel varsity football team. It was an excruciating time for the defensive tackle to go through consecutive 1-8 seasons.
Martin celebrated for the first time in his three seasons as the varsity qualified for playoff football. Against Boys and Girls in the first round of the PSAL Bowl playoffs, his head coach Victor Nazario placed him in a unfamiliar position.
With less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter of their first round Martin was placed at fullback. As the rain from a threatening dark sky began to fall, the 6 foot 2, 250 pound senior bulldozed his way to the end zone.
It was the final play of his career but it was the only bright note in a day which was not kind to the Beach Channel Dolphins.
Their playoff ride was stopped by Boys and Girls, who were a 5 power ranked team and the top seed in an eight team playoffs. They cruised in the second half to a 27-6 win at Old Boys High Field last Sunday.
Nazario has praised all year about Martin's quickness and tenacity as the DT/DE has begun to attract college interest. The season has been a rollercoaster and Martin wouldn't have it any other way. There was no chance of quitting when times got rough because he wanted to finish his career with a playoff appearance.
"This is my family. These are my brothers. It isn't about the football. It's about the love. That's all it is. Nazario has got a good program here and he will go far with this
"We'll be like another Bayside and like the other great program. This is an accomplishment for us. This is a victory for us."
But not even Martin and his defensive teammates could hold down Boys and Girls' talented RB Owusu Anane.
The leading rusher in the PSAL, Anane has gained more yards in the ground than heralded Fort Hamilton RB Antonio Walcott. He would give the Kangaroos a first quarter 6-0 on an 18 yard touchdown run but Boys and Girls seemed to get away from their strength.
The 5 foot 8 sparkplug was rediscovered even as the Dolphins were only down 6-0 as the third quarter began.
Penalties and a lack of precision on offense hurt the Dolphins on key drives and hope for an upset were quickly dashed on Boys and Girls first possession. Anane took the handoff and streaked down the sidelines for a 50 yard touchdown run to make it 13- 0.
After a Beach Channel punt, Anane shut the door with a 92 yard touchdown run deep from within B&G territory and increased the lead to 20-0.
Though the season ended on a down note, Nazario says that he will accentuate the positives for a team who only had two wins in two years. They made the playoffs on the final day of the regular season and finished with a 4-6 record.
There is only way to look at his program Nazario says and in the next few years he is adamant that his team will be climbing up the PSAL standings rather than going down.
"The penalties again killed us but I can't talk to them about penalties on a day like this," Nazario said as he addressed his team in the pouring rain after the game.
"I'm proud of the team. I'm proud of the program and we're moving in the right direction. To talk to seniors about them making mistakes, it's not appropriate. It happened and there's nothing we can do. A false start there and penalty hurt us but we did good against a #5 ranked team and we were only down 6- 0 at the half."