Beach Channel Dolphins Take Bite Out Of Bulldogs
The Beach Channel Dolphins had more pressing concerns than the windy and misty rain that fell upon their helmets. Business had to be conducted for a team that wants to secure themselves a spot in the 16-teamPSAL city championship playoffs.
They did it the best way they know how against the visiting Long Island City Bulldogs. Head coach Victor Nazario turned to runningback Jahleek Austin to make the big play in the third quarter of a tight contest.
The junior twisted and turned and broke open a 65-yard touchdown which gave Beach Channel the momentum as they went on to win, 22-6.
The 3-rated Dolphins have had success with their multi-dimensional offense this season and Austin's long touchdown run was just another example of the running game sparking the Dolphins. They also made a statement improving to 7-1 this season against a 3-rated Long Island City team, who fell to 4-3, and was seeking to win after two forfeits losses due to a brawl with Jamaica.
"I think we showed today why I feel we are the best 3-team in the city. All due respect to them and Flushing, who if we played them again, we could beat them," Nazario said.
Flushing defeated Beach Channel 21-12 earlier this season to hand the Dolphins their only defeat.
Nazario continues to regret that loss because he strayed away from giving the ball to his playmakers. Austin, RB Turran Rhodes, who scored on a fouryard pass from QB Benjamin Burrello, and FB Jacquaan Matherson provide different looks in speed, agility and power with the football.
With Austin's 65-yard score giving Beach Channel breathing room with a 14-6 third quarter lead, their defense began to turn the heat on Long Island City Bulldogs QB Christian Delvento.
A botched handoff by Delvento on third down caused the football to fly in the air. The football was snatched by Beach Channel defensive end Michael Penn, who returned the ball to the Bulldogs' 5-yard line. Matherson then rumbled into the end zone from 5-yards away to give Beach Channel a 22-6 fourth quarter lead.
As the weather becomes colder, Beach Channel will have to rely on their playmakers on both sides of the ball this Sunday (11 a.m.) at John Adams in the season finale. A win will give them and Flushing the opportunity as the only 3-rated teams to be invited into the PSAL city championship.
Notes- Beach Channel senior defensive back Brian Mecabe was taken to the hospital after suffering a concussion in the third quarter.
On a Dolphins kickoff after going up 14-6, Mecabe hit the ground face first after Long Island City player pushed him out of bounds. Mecabe was alert and able to speak, as ambulances were called to the field while the game was delayed a half-hour.
Beach Channel Thaws Out In Victory
Beach Channel boys soccer coach Dominic Stanco is used to playing in less than ideal conditions. Last Tuesday's first round PSAL 'B' playoff game against Telecommunications High School tested his limits.
But even 50 mph gust winds and frigid conditions didn't stop the Dolphins from putting up a 3-0 win and advancing to face Hillcrest at presstime in the second round. Beach Channel can advance to the quarterfinals at Canarsie High School on Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. with a victory over Hillcrest
Beach Channel got goals from Felix Luna, Xavier Gonzalez and Slawomir Wloch in the victory. Wloch, a senior defender, tallied his first goal in his high school career with a penalty kick conversion to finish off the scoring.
"We had to move our bench from one side to the field to the other so the stands could help shield us from the wind," Stanco said. "Some guys asked to be taken out and Kimani (Shand) couldn't play in the second half after five minutes. He couldn't feel his legs because it was so frigid."
Hopefully for the Dolphins, better weather and winning will go hand in hand in their quest to return to the PSAL 'B' title game.
Far Rock Wins Again
Senior RB Gregory Ibe rushed for 114 yards, scored a touchdown on the ground and on a fumble recovery as Far Rockaway (6-1) celebrated Homecoming Day with a solid 30-0 victory over Adlai Stevenson (0-8). QB Marc Daniel Spears threw and rushed for a touchdown. The Seahorses travel to play Springfield Gardens (5-2) on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the second to last regular season game of the PSAL Cup Division.