Unbeaten South Bronx Pounces Road Weary Seahorses
The stage was set. The battle lines were drawn. Far Rockaway had two weeks to prepare for their biggest game of the season on the road last Saturday.
The Seahorses arrived to take on South Bronx in a matchup of the top unbeaten teams in the PSAL Cup Division. When the whistle blew, to star the game, the Seahorses were confident and unbeaten.
But when the final whistle blew, the Seahorses left the field battered and beaten. Host South Bronx displayed dominance on both sides of the ball in winning 29-6 to increase their record to 6-0. Far Rockaway had entered the contest at 4-0 but suffered their first defeat after being unable to contain the speed and effectiveness of their opponents throughout the entire contest. The Phoenix was just as effective on defense in holding Seahorses RB Gregory Ibe, the PSAL Cup Division leading rusher, to only 63 yards on 8 carries.
Seahorses head coach Walter Wilkerson said with his running game stymied and South Bronx's offense gaining chunks of yards on his defense, a win just wasn't meant to be.
"I'm kind of down and disappointed that we didn't win. Their offensive line and defensive line dominated the game. On a simple dive play, they averaged 10 or 11 yards on the play," Wilkerson said.
"They have speed that we haven't seen in a long time. Obviously they are the best team that we faced."
South Bronx ate up large portions of the clock offensively with a running game. Raymond Norman scored two touchdowns and Michael Drake Jr. rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown.
QB Rafael Carmona's 17-yard pass to WR Luis Sanchez in the first quarter, putting South Bronx up 8-0, was the start of a very long day for the visitors. Far Rockaway didn't get on the scoreboard until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter. For the first time all day, Ibe saw daylight and scored on a 25-yard touchdown. The Seahorses could only cut the lead to 22-6 and there would be no comeback on this day.
Ibe was one of the many Seahorses frustrated at the day's events. He said by no means is the season over. Though South Bronx, and Franklin D. Roosevelt (5-0) remain the only teams undefeated, a win against Information Technology (2-3) on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) at Bayside High School, would be the remedy after a tough loss.
"We worked every day in practice but they're a good team and they beat us fair and square," Ibe, a senior, said.
"We were completely prepared but they outplayed us in every way."