2007-08-31 / Sports

Dolphins Seek To Rise In PSAL Standings

Story By Elio Velez And Photo By Harold Burgos

The dog days of late August is the time of the season where people try to escape the sticky and sultry weather that permeates the air.

Victor Nazario doesn't mind this weather at all. This is the time of the year when he ignores the "hot temps" and prepares his Beach Channel football team for the 2007 season. To prepare for their first game at Campus Magnet on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m., Nazario relied on last year's experiences to shape the coaching philosophy he will use on the field.

In 2006, the Dolphins waited to the final day of the regular season to qualify for the PSAL Bowl playoffs with a victory over George Washington. They finished with a 4- 5 record but lost in the first round of the playoffs, 27-6, to Boys & Girls High School.

When the season ended, Nazario and his coaching staff discussed their team in great detail. Though they got to the playoffs, which made the season successful, Nazario knew there was much room for improvement to make the Dolphinsa winning team. He doesn't hesitate to admit that he learned some valuable lessons from last year.

This season, he's installed a new defense-an attacking style- that reflects his coaching nature. He says the players believe it will make them more prosperous against their opponents.

"It basically reflects my image and philosophy as a football coach," Nazario said.

He wants to make Beach Channel, a #3 rated team, into a solid football program, where winning and prestige will eventually go hand-in-hand.

"I'm confident and satisfied that my players know the stuff they need to do well. It's going to help me and help my team."

Assistant coach Carlos Flores knew the coaching staff would make adjustments.

"Last year, we knew it was a learning experience for us as coaches. Nazario, myself and the coaching staff, we got better. We learned more, we watched more film together, and we learned more. That's the beauty of it. We got kids who want to learn, they're disciplined and want to be here."

The Dolphins are young at many positions but Nazario says most of the returning underclassman from last year such as QB Benjamin Burrello and DE Travis Scott, have continued to show improvement. One spark who won't be there is 1000-yard rusher Tyrek Mceachin, who showed game-breaking ability as a freshman. Mceachin transferred to a high school in Long Island during the summer, but Nazario says he's got enough depth at the RB position.

And they'll need to be prepared, because Campus Magnet is one opponent who caused heartbreak last year. Nazario vividly remembers that his squad's numerous mistakes gave away a 6-3 overtime home loss to the Bulldogs. And though the game may serve as a means to avenge their loss, the Dolphins must keep their cool. They know they must perform well for the entire season.

"One game does not a season makes. We need to get on the right track, get a win under our belts early so these kids can be comfortable and confident," Nazario said. "And we'll take it from there. It's an important game but it's not the only game of the season."

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