2007-11-02 / Sports

BCHS,FRHS Resume Football Rivalry On Sunday

By Elio Velez

Benjamin Burrello has experienced plenty of disappointment along with his Beach Channel football teammates.

A 28-6 drubbing by Samuel J. Tilden last Sunday afternoon eliminated the Dolphins, who fell to a 2-6 record, from any chance of making a PSAL playoff appearance this season.

But this Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Burrello is eager to get one more victory in a game which combines the playoffs and the Super Bowl rolled into one.

Beach Channel and Far Rockaway will resume their peninsula varsity football rivalry this weekend after a one-year hiatus.

In 2006, the PSAL curiously did not schedule a game between the two schools in the regular season. But this Sunday, the chance to win bragging rights until 2008 is the aim for both teams.

The game will take place at Far Rockaway High School and though both teams were eliminated from playoff contention, Burrello says victory will crown the team as the best in the peninsula.

"I know we're disappointed. We just going to go out there and get a win," Burrello said.

Seahorses RB Gregory Ibe has a few friends over at Beach Channel and throughout the year, he's been talking about the importance of this game.

"We're going to be ready. There's going to be a lot of people in the stands," Ibe said. "We got to win. That's all we got to do."

Past history between the two teams suggest that no matter what the record, the chance to win and get bragging rights supersede the wins and losses.

Far Rockaway routed Beach Channel 45-12 in the last matchup on October 15, 2005. The Seahorses made the playoffs that year and Beach Channel finished 1-8.

In November of 2004, Far Rockaway got past Beach Channel 26-14 in the final game of the regular season. On November 2, 2003, an opportunity to head into the postseason fueled Beach Channel's game against Far Rockaway.

With a PSAL playoff berth left dangling in the balance Beach Channel clinched a spot on the final day of the regular season with a come-from behind 18-14 win over Far Rockaway. Both teams qualified for the PSAL playoffs, but were each eliminated in the first round.

The peninsula rivalry also extends to the junior varsity, which will kickoff the weekend of Rockaway football, on Saturday morning. The 6-0 Beach Channel Dolphins will visit the 3-2 Far Rockaway Seahorses at 11 a.m.

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