2008-10-10 / Sports

Dolphins Return To Winning Formula In Victory Over Bryant

By Elio Velez

The Beach Channel football coaching staff and players sat down during the middle of last week and watched the game film of their 21-12 loss on Homecoming Day to Flushing.

Watching their mistakes disappointed and angered the Dolphins, who were undefeated at 3-0 before losing to rival Flushing.

They decided to take action by going back to the same running formula which has worked all season. Against William Bryant last Sunday, the Dolphins stayed true to their balanced attack, rushing for 340 yards in a dominant start to finish 30-6 home victory.

The Dolphins (4-1) scored 30-first half points as their offensive line opened up big holes against an undersized Bryant defense.

After a subpar performance against Flushing, head coach Victor Nazario says the entire coaching staff took full responsibility for their lack of game preparation.

"Last week, we deviated from the game plan and when I was looking at the game film, I called 32 pass plays. I know Ben (quarterback Benjamin Burrello) is capable of doing that but its not our strength," Nazario said.

"We have to have a balanced attack. That's how we win ballgames." One instance was RB Turran Rhodes, who only carried the ball once against Flushing. In the Dolphins first opening touchdown drive, Rhodes got the ball five times and rushed for 55 yards.

The drive led to an 8-0 first quarter lead and it was curtains afterwards for a 0-5 Bryant team. Their defense couldn't handle RB Jahleek Austin, who rushed for a team high 170 yards and 110 yards from Rhodes.

"We devised a game plan which basically worked well the first three games and we stuck to it, said Nazario.

Burrello, who completed two touchdowns passes, was in agreement with his senior teammate Devon Moore, by admitting that they learned a lesson in the Flushing loss.

"We were getting cocky. We were 3-0 and we thought we would go in there and just get another win. I was telling Devon we all just got to focus and we did that after a good week of practice," Burrello said.

Moore, who scored on a 75-yard kickoff return touchdown, knows the pitfalls of becoming too overconfident. Beach Channel has to be ready against an August Martin team (3-2) on Saturday at 11 a.m. trying to bounce back from a 39-0 defeat to Flushing.

"That was a wakeup call. Going undefeated doesn't mean anything. Look at the New England Patriots. They were cocky and they didn't know it felt to lose," Moore said about the Patriots, who lost in the Superbowl to the New York Giants.

"We know how it feels to lose and we don't want to feel like that again."

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