2008-09-05 / Sports

Dolphins Running Game Proves Triumphant In Victory

By Elio Velez

Preaching discipline to his Beach Channel team has been a staple of head coach Victor Nazario throughout pre-season training.

On the football field, the results showed last Saturday afternoon in Beach Channel's first game of the season. Against Nazareth, the Dolphins exploded for 23 first-half points with Turran Rhodes scoring three touchdowns in a dominant 36-8 victory.

What was notable on the field was the execution the Dolphins have shown in their new offense, which featured their potential diversified running attack. Junior RB Jahleek Austin scored in the first half on a 3-yard touchdown and displayed his speed. Jacquaan Matherson also scored in the first half on an 8-yard misdirection touchdown run.

Nazario was happy with most regards in their performance on the field but not everything was perfect. Usually the team must show up for at a specific time for a scheduled game. Nazario gave a stern reminder to a few players after the win about their arrival time prior to the game.

Rhodes, who caught two touchdown passes out of the backfield, was one of the few Dolphins who showed up a half-hour before the 1 p.m. gametime. He knew the coach wasn't pleased.

"I was late today and I got to be disciplined myself. Coach beat that to death. He told us we have to be disciplined," Rhodes said.

And while Beach Channel's performance was very good, as the final score indicated, Nazario isn't going to go out on a limb and proclaim or guarantee a victory this Saturday.

There were some extenuating circumstances on the visitors' sideline. Nazareth played their first game after restarting a football program that had been shutdown a few years ago. While only having 19 players suited up, Nazareth also displayed their inexperience on the field.

Nazario knows Truman, their opponent at home this Saturday at noon and who went 6-3 last year in the PSAL, will be a little more prepared and experienced than Nazareth.

"Regardless of the level of competition we came to play. Obviously they were outmanned, and the score showed that but I'm feeling pretty good about my kids," Nazario said.

"This is a nice confidence booster and we did some good things. I told them to clap it up, enjoy it but it's over. Let's get ready for next week."

Far Rockaway starts its first campaign in the PSAL Cup Division with a noon time start at home against George Washington on Saturday. The Seahorses will go against a team who forfeited the entire varsity season campaign in 2007. The Wave misspelled Beach Channel offensive lineman Roy Drinankle in last week's edition. We regret the error.

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