2008-10-24 / Sports

Dolphins Get Ready In Crucial Matchup With LIC

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel was in their normal preparation mode for their opponent Jamaica on Saturday afternoon. But there was uncertainty brewing throughout the practice week that the game would not take place. And their uncertainty was answered.

The PSAL ruled that Jamaica would forfeit their game to Beach Channel as a result of a bench clearing brawl involving the Beavers and Long Island City in a game on October 11.

Dolphins head coach Victor Nazario was informed only two days prior to what would have been their seventh game of the season.

Instead, the ensuing forfeit raised their record to 6-1, and gave the team an week off to prepare for Long Island City (4-3), who visits Beach Channel on Saturday at 12 p.m. "This is a big game. I told the team that our playoffs start this week," Nazario said.

Beach Channel, which resides 13th in the city championship standings, and would make the 16-team playoffs if the season ended today. They conclude the regular season next Saturday at John Adams High School. Due to the brawl, Long Island City forfeited the last two games.

Nazario knows that Long Island City will be fired up to play for the first time in two weeks.

The key to clamping down on Long Island City's offense is limiting the damage from senior Troy Walker. The wide receiver and special teams star for the Bulldogs is a speedster who can be tough to stop in the open field.

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