2008-09-19 / Sports

Seahorses' Late Comeback Rally Stuns Host Evander Childs

By Elio Velez

The Far Rockaway Seahorses left the confines of home to travel across New York City and play in the Bronx last Saturday morning.

The travel was long and for three quarters the physical battle the Seahorses had on the football field was even longer. Far Rockaway, who breezed past George Washington in their PSAL Cup Division home opener, had a tougher time in the second game.

But down 12-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Seahorses found a second wind and new life. Far Rockaway bounced back to secure their second win of the season with 16 points in the fourth quarter to stun Evander Childs, 22-12.

"It's a good feeling. The kids are playing well but this was a tough win and a physical battle," head coach Walt Wilkerson said.

Far Rockaway is 2-0 to start the season, and while being in first place in the Dup Division isn't too bad, Wilkerson doesn't want to even entertain predicting championships for his squad.

The Seahorses will host visiting Alfred E. Smith at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.

"It was great that the kids didn't give up and when things were on the line, they stepped up and that was a positive," said Wilkerson.

"We're trying to make things happens here and we're trying to accomplish something. But I tell the kids during the practice week that it's time to throw out the victory from their brain and focus on Alfred E. Smith."

Evander Childs held the Seahorses at bay for three quarters after falling down 6-0 on a Travis Wright touchdown run. After gaining 38 points in their first contest, Far Rockaway's offense wasn't going to put up the same numbers. Wilkerson told his team at halftime to dig deep and make the big plays.

WR Marc Mercado's touchdown grab from QB Robert Lilly late in the third quarter put Evander Childs up 12-6.

Ramel Gittens started the fourth quarter rally with a 80-yard kickoff return. QB Daniel Marc Sears finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. RB Gregory Ibe secured the twopoint conversion and the Seahorses led 14-12.

Far Rockaway's defense, which lost starting defensive tackle Dayne Maxwell to a knee injury earlier in the game, did step up on Evander Childs' next drive.

CB Justin Williams' interception gave the Seahorses the ball in the opposition's half of the field. Sears connected with WR Jevaugh Pennock on a 35-yard slant, and his touchdown catch put Far Rockaway up 22-12.

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