2007-10-12 / Sports

Mistakes Haunt Dolphins In Loss To August Martin

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel's Joseph Parisi (left) and Benjamin Burrello both leap to intercept a pass as Long Island City Mark Taylor (#1) can only look on. But the Dolphins couldn't repeat their heroics in a loss to August Martin. Beach Channel's Joseph Parisi (left) and Benjamin Burrello both leap to intercept a pass as Long Island City Mark Taylor (#1) can only look on. But the Dolphins couldn't repeat their heroics in a loss to August Martin. Good spirits reigned after Beach Channel's varsity football squad beat Long Island City in the final seconds on September 29, by a scare of 16-8.

The coaching staff thought this "good karma" would carry over to their next game as the Dolphins hosted August Martin last Sunday afternoon.

Instead, the Dolphins fumbled their opportunity, twice in key spots of the game and could not score for the fourth time in five games. August Martin capitalized on the Beach Channel miscues and improved to a 3-2 record, with a 19-0 victory.

Abig barometer of how Beach Channel has struggled this year is that they have not scored a point in four of the five games they've played this season.

In five Dolphins' offensive possessions last Sunday, they drove the ball to within the August Martin 20-yard line. But in the red zone, the Dolphins committed the same mistakes they've made before this season.

In one drive, the Dolphins advanced the ball to the August Martin 5-yard line. But a miscommunication on the snap caused QB Dennis Bouderau to mishandle the football, allowing the Falcons defense to recover the fumble.

The drive was just one example of how turnovers affected the Dolphins.

And it didn't please head coach Victor Nazario, who knows why his team lost.

"The lack of discipline," Nazario sharply said. "That was our best performance (against Long Island City). We should have followed it up with another best performance."

August Martin benefited, as RB Kwaku Kontoh rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.

Murphy White also scored a rushing touchdown and QB Mustafa Young threw for a touchdown pass to Karriam Abduliah in the fourth quarter, to make it 19-0.

And they'll have two weeks to prepare for their next opponent,, New Dorp. Beach Channel was scheduled to play George Washington, but the Trojans' varsity season was canceled and the Dolphins were awarded their second win of the season.

The standings may say that Beach Channel is 2-4, but Nazario says they have a lot to improve on when they travel to New Dorp (3-2), on October 20 at 1 p.m. Ahigh-powered New Dorp offense has averaged 27 points and the #5- ranked team will be a tough test for Beach Channel.

For the next week, the Dolphins may be sweating, huffing and puffing a little more in practice. But with only a few games left, there is no more time to continue their malaise.

"The difference on [Sunday] was when they [August Martin] got down there [the red zone] they executed. They executed. They blocked, stayed on their blocks, and got in the end zone," Nazario said.

He added, "Once we do that, we'll score a lot more points." Grand Street Blasts Far Rockaway

A tough stretch for Far Rockaway continued last Sunday afternoon when host Grand Street Campus blitzed the Seahorses, 38-6.

The undefeated Wolves, who at 5-0, ranks among the top teams in the PSAL, attacked early. Grand Street exploded for 22 points in the first quarter and by the time both teams left the field in the first half; the score was 36-0.

Brian Mackey returned a 70-yard touchdown and QB Jeremiah Brown scored a rushing and passing touchdown for Grand Street.

"They played very well, tackle well and they just overpowered us," Seahorses head coach Walter Wilkerson, whose team lost to Campus Magnet, 38-0, two weeks ago.

Wilkerson said the last two games built some toughness and character in his squad, whose record fell to 2-3.

He hopes the positives will transfer to his players this Saturday against Harry S. Truman (4-1) on Saturday at 11 a.m. It will be the first of four straight home games for the Seahorses.

"There is still a lot of football left," Wilkerson said. "We can do some good things. We just need to play with some intensity and go out there and execute."

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