Seahorses Fall;Dolphins Upended By New Dorp
The Seahorses walk a fine line with a small 20- man roster each week so injuries to two key players didn't help throughout last Saturday's game against Erasmus Hall High School.
Kristen Liverpool would have made the Seahorses feel helpless even if they had their whole complement of players. The Erasmus Hall runningback gained 159 yards and scored 4 touchdowns as they cruised to a 33-16 victory at Far Rockaway High School.
Liverpool ran wild with the ball. In only ten carries, he made every chance with the football count. His 2-yard touchdown gave Erasmus Hall (3-4) a 7- 0 lead with 9:08 in the first quarter. They would never trail again.
Far Rockaway, who fell to 2-5, couldn't contain Liverpool and their offense wasn't consistent. They've lost four games in a row.
The Seahorses only chance of getting back to the game was when Davonne Gittens crossed the end zone on a two-yard run to narrow the lead to 14-8 in the second quarter.
Liverpool answered with a 51-yard touchdown score with 3:00 minutes left in the half for a 20-8 advantage. He added a 36-yard score in the second half.
RB Gregory Ibe ran for 120 yards on six carries for Far Rockaway, who lost offensive lineman Jesse Aguirre was knocked out of the game with a possible ACL sprain to his right knee. A more serious moment was when defensive back Dyshawn Joseph was hit by an opposing player and lay on the turf.
At first, Joseph was motionless, but he regained consciousness five minutes later and was diagnosed with a slight concussion.
The injuries mount as head coach Walter Wilkerson looks for replacements for this Saturday's contest against Long Island City (3-4) at 11 a.m. And search for means to secure a victory, which has proved elusive. "We're low on numbers," Wilkerson said. When you have 18 or 19 players, and two of them go down with serious injuries, we know that we're very thin. We'll finish out the season and make adjustments. But it's difficult."
New Dorp Claws Dolphins
Beach Channel was scrappy last Saturday afternoon at '5' rated New Dorp in Staten Island. The Central Cougars couldn't shake off their visitors until late in the fourth quarter.
New Dorp's high-powered offense was contained for the most part but they caused a key turnover in the fourth quarter and won 24-12 last Saturday afternoon.
Afew turnovers caused by New Drop (4-3) separated this tight contest. The Cougars had taken a 18-6 lead on Sherland Basnight's 27-yard run in the third quarter. With an 18-6 lead, the Dolphins did not go out quietly.
Defensive end Travis Scott intercepted a deflected pass and the Beach Channel defensive end returned the football to the New Dorp one-yard line. QB Benjamin Burrello sneaked into the end zone to cut the score to 18-12.
The Dolphins though couldn't keep New Dorp's Chris Setaro from blocking a punt deep within their own territory. The Cougar player blocked Burello's punt and recovered at the the Dolphins 5-yard line. RB Thomas Heedles then sealed the game with a 5- yard touchdown for a 24-12 lead.
Beach Channel (2-5) will host Samuel J. Tilden (3- 4) on Saturday at 12 p.m.