2007-11-09 / Sports

BCHS Wins Peninsula Bragging Rights

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel's defense knocks the football loose from the hands of Far Rockaway RB Gregory Ibe in the third quarter. Photo by Peter Borriello. Beach Channel's defense knocks the football loose from the hands of Far Rockaway RB Gregory Ibe in the third quarter. Photo by Peter Borriello. Turran Rhodes arrived on the Beach Channel football team patiently waiting for his opportunity. The sophomore was not on the top of the runningback depth chart to begin the season but he felt his time would come sooner or later.

The right time for Rhodes to shine was in the peninsula rivalry game at Far Rockaway last Sunday afternoon.

Rhodes got plenty of touches to make an impact. The sophomore broke a tight defensive struggle with 22 rushes for 140 yards and scored the lone Beach Channel touchdown as the Dolphins won the game, 8-0, and bragging rights.

Rhodes says the future is bright for his team, who improved to 3-6 on the season. The team will only lose a few seniors from this year's squad. With experience under their belt, Rhodes hopes they could turn things around in 2008.

"I didn't expect to get as much carries as I did," Rhodes said. "But stuff happens; I was patient and got carries at the end of the year with the help of my o-line (offensive line).

Despite the teams already being eliminated from the PSAL city championship or the bowl playoffs, this regular season finale was a tough and physical affair.

Beach Channel's offense looked like they were stuck in traction in the first half. The combination of not moving the football and a hardened Seahorses' defense left the Dolphins searching for answers in the second half.

Beach Channel put their money on Rhodes, a 5 foot 7, 155 pound sophomore who leapfrogged injured starter Tyrek Mceachin, who ran for 1,000 yards last season, into the lineup.

The Seahorses had their best opportunity to score in the beginning of the third. But the drive stalled and ended when Beach Channel's defense stripped RB Gregory Ibe's second fumble of the game on fourth down and 5 on the Dolphins 9-yard line.

Zachariah Alston recovered the ball and the Dolphins offense got to work.

Rhodes carried the ball seven times on a 91-yard scoring drive as the third quarter ended and the fourth began.

"The turnover did it. The momentum was on our side. We just had to feed off that energy," Rhodes said.

Rhodes then finished off the drive with a burst up the middle of the field for an 18-yard touchdown with 10:08 left in the fourth quarter.

Michael Higgins leaped high into the air and snared the two-point conversion for the 8-0 lead. Seahorses head coach Walter Wilkerson pointed out that touchdown drive was a turning point.

Once they scored the touchdown and the two-point conversion, that play literally and if I have to make an analogy; if we were the balloon, someone popped the balloon and sucked the air out of us," Wilkerson said. "But we still had our chances."

And the Seahorses, who fell to 2-7 for the second consecutive year, did have their chances. Their defense intercepted QB Ben Burrello twice in the game. The offense did move the ball at times. RB Davonne Gittens carried the ball for 88 yards in his final game of his career. But they just couldn't put together their positives to apply some points on the scoreboard. Earl Armstrong, a four -year player and DB Patrick Hernandez will be a few of the seniors, that will depart on the losing end of a tough battle.

Dolphins JV Beat Far Rockaway

Beach Channel QB Darryl Sanford rushed for a touchdown and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to WR Cristian Saravia in the first quarter to give the Dolphins (7-0) a 14-0 win at FRHS (3-3) last Saturday. The Dolphins can complete an undefeated season when they host 6-0 Campus Magnet on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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