2008-09-19 / Sports

Sky High Dolphins Blast Blue Devils

By Elio Velez

The scoreboard at Samuel J. Tilden's Bernie Mars Field, where the varsity football team plays their homes games, wasn't working last Saturday afternoon. Maybe it wasn't working, or someone didn't turn it on prior to the start of Beach Channel's second PSAL game of the season at the Brooklyn high school.

But the small, yet vocal cheering section that rooted on the Dolphins knew what the score was. And unfortunately for the Tilden fans, they would have nothing to cheer about.

Beach Channel showed complete domination from the opening kickoff and continued their ambitious start to the 2008 campaign with a 58-0 victory over Tilden.

If you believe that 58-0 is a misprint that is not the case. Beach Channel was in control in every facet of the game, and their 2-0 record so far this season has been well deserved, said head coach Victor Nazario.

"It's a whole different attitude, a whole different new mentality. In the spring, we put together a new discipline, teamwork and its rolled right through into hell week, the first week of practice and right into the season," Nazario said.

Tilden may have defeated Beach Channel in consecutive seasons, but were clearly outplayed this time around. It was a collective team effort by the visting team.

The Dolphins' offense scored 34 points by halftime and did not punt the ball once to the opposition.

Once Beach Channel scored on a seven play, 82-yard drive, which was capped off by Turran Rhodes' 19-yard touchdown, the Dolphins were off and running. And while Tilden's defense couldn't stop the Beach Channel attack, their offense was making crucial mistakes. The Dolphins' didn't waste any chances recovering three fumbles in the second half, and four in total in the game. Their special teams, especially led by Wayne Harris, who scored tw touchdowns on the day, was firing on all cylinders. Harris shook off two tack lers and ran back a 73-yard touchdown return to make it 12-0.

Beach Channel was stingy on defense and forced Tilden to fumble on thre straight possessions in the second quarter.

The turnovers led to three quick Beach Channel scores, as Rhodes, Q Benjamin Burrello and Jahleek Austin got into the act with touchdown run to make it 34-0 by halftime.

Even their second unit kept pouring the points, putting up 24 more point in the second half. Beach Channel has poured on the points, netting 3 points in a non-league win against Nazareth and 24 points in their first wi of the PSAL season against Truman.

"We came to take care of business," Harris said.

Taking care of business has become the Dolphins adopted motto this sea son. Though the season has just begun, the confidence shown is leaps an bound better than what the Dolphins did last season.

Beach Channel is close to equaling their record of three wins from last sea son, but Nazario is not taking any chances of having a letdown on Saturda at Thomas Jefferson High School (12 p.m.).

But he won't stop his team from displaying their confidence on the field it means victories as a result. "(Fullback) Jacquan (Matherson) came up to me and said coach, this nothing. This is what we are supposed to do. And that's the attitude they go to have. It's within us and we're not shoving it to other people's faces. Nazario said.

"I want to them to be a little cocky, but with respect. I want them to fee that way because we are a good football team. He said we got to get read for Jefferson, then get ready for Homecoming Day against Flushing. And agree."

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