BCHS,FRHS Lose Opening Day Clashes
The most important development was that in the first game of the PSAL Bowl Division season, Nazario watched Campus Magnet run rampant on his Dolphins team.
QB Datalia Holness was on target early on, as the Bulldogs' senior completed three long touchdown passes and ran for another TD, which gave Campus Magnet a 35-0 victory over Beach Channel.
Just three minutes into the contest, it was clear that Beach Channel was going to be in for a long day. On Campus Magnet's first possession, Holness found single coverage down the sideline and completed a 54-yard touchdown to WR Jason Weston, for a 6-0 lead.
What worried Nazario was that not only was his team not performing well, but key members of his starting defense were dropping like flies before the first half ended.
CB Alvin Claudio Jr. started the game, but a knee injury curtailed his effectiveness. It got worse. Devon Moore suffered a broken right collarbone and linebacker Ahmed Ali had to be sent to the hospital, after spraining his right knee. Both would leave in an ambulance by halftime.
"I was telling my coaching staff that this is ridiculous," Nazario said. "We got three injuries before halftime to our starting defense and that hurt us."
When Holness, who completed 5 of 6 passes for 154 yards on the day, got enough time in the pocket to throw, he could pick out Campus Magnet's receivers, who were at least 6-foot-1-inch, or taller.
Holness completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Syms and a 15- yard TD reception by Stephen Benjamin made the score 21-0.
Campus Magnet head coach Eric Barnett was very pleased at his team's efforts.
"We just went out there and executed our offense and defense," Barnett said. "Beach Channel is a good football team. My guys played really well."
Beach Channel will have to regroup and not only find three new starters, but generate an offense which didn't do much last Saturday.
The return of RB Tyrek Mceachin, last year's leading rusher, should help, Nazario says, as the Dolphins must find ways to keep their opponents off the field on Saturday.
On Saturday at 12 p.m., Beach Channel will host Grand Street Campus (1- 0). The Wolves defeated Susan Wagner, 28-8, last weekend.
"The kids that we have need to be ready. It's as simple as that," Nazario said. Midwood Dominates Far Rockaway
The Midwood Hornets scored 20 first-half points in their home opener last Saturday afternoon and would eventually cruise to a 32-6 victory over Far Rockaway.
Midwood, a 5-rated team, got on the scoreboard early and often against their 3-rated opponents. Deshaun Dussap nailed a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown, to put Midwood up 7-0.
Midwood's ground game ate up time and possession. Dussap also scored on the ground, with a 35-yard touchdown for Midwood. In addition, Marc Vincent and Donovan Edwards each scored touchdowns, as the Hornets gained 244 rushing yards.
The Seahorses didn't generate enough offense, which in turn gave Midwood's offense the prime field position to dominate the football. It was clear why Far Rockaway head coach Walter Wilkinson said that Midwood deserved the victory.
"Midwood is the better team. It's a tough opponent for us to start the season against," Wilkinson said.
"Midwood played with a short field the whole game. It's hard for our defense to hold them off."
Wilkinson believed that the Seahorses got some positives out of the loss. Prior to the start of the season, Wilkinson and the Seahorses' coaching staff worried whether they would dress enough players to start the season.
Far Rockaway dressed the mandatory 18 players required by PSAL against Midwood; it has a total of 25 on the roster.
Far Rockaway got out of the game unscathed, with no major injuries, and they got a spark on the ground from their running game, as Gregory Ibe gained 82 yards and Davonne Gittens chipped in with 74 yards.
Gittens played the game with a right leg injury that he initially received in practice.
Wilkinson was worried that Gittens, who led the team in rushing last season, would aggravate the injury at Midwood Field.
The playing field at Midwood has one of the old Astroturf surfaces that were installed in the late 1970's and the early 1980's. This turf is an unforgiving surface that has caused players to suffer major injuries.
Gittens escaped further injury and will need to be healthy, along with the rest of the Seahorses' roster, as they prepare for their first home game this Saturday morning at 11 a.m., against Evander Childs (0-1).
Some of the new kids were nervous but for the next game, they can take their experience against Midwood and take it to the field against Evander," Wilkinson said. "We need to execute so we can get that first win."