Port Richmond Rout Ends Dolphins Run
Beach Channel had prepared all week for their quarterfinal playoff opponent knowing that they would be once again labeled the heavy underdogs.
The #15-seed Dolphins, a 3-rated team designated by the PSAL, had confounded many throughout the city with their 8-0 victory over the #2 seed and 5- rated Curtis Warriors in Staten Island two weeks ago. But the challenge of returning to the island last Saturday afternoon for a matchup with Port Richmond, the #1 seed would prove even tougher.
And though the torrential downpour anticipated for the game didn't materialize, Port Richmond didn't hesitate to rain touchdowns on the Dolphins. The Red Raiders squad got three touchdowns from senior RB Torian Phillips and 72- yard kickoff return score to roll to a 54-6 victory.
Beach Channel, which shutdown Curtis in the first round, couldn't stop a talented and senior laden Port Richmond squad from putting points on the board. The undefeated Red Raiders offense displayed the speed and precise technique that have frustrated opponents this season.
On defense, Port Richmond were equal to the task in shutting down a Beach Channel rushing attack that can also put points on the board. The Dolphins punted on their first three possessions with the football. Port Richmond on the other hand put 21 straight points on the board with their first three drives in lightning type fashion.
"They're going to win the championship, what are you kidding me? Without a doubt. I'd be surprised if anybody can beat that football team. They are a very good football team," said Dolphins head coach Victor Nazario.
"They have very good speed; they have sound tacklers and that offense is a pain to defend. They have got great personnel and their offensive line blocks extremely well."
Port Richmond QB Jeremy Ramos scored on an 11- yard rushing touchdown to make it 7-0, Philips scored the first of his four touchdowns with a 12- yard rushing score. When Ramos completed a 35- yard pass to WR Zamel Johnson to increase the lead 21-0 early in the second quarter, the Dolphins were playing catchup.
Junior RB Turran Rhodes didn't believe his team lacked any confidence, especially coming off such an upset victory over Curtis. But he said he was just one of the many Dolphins on offense that a hard time getting through the Red Raiders defense.
His fumble on the 5-yard line late in the second quarter was recovered by Port Richmond defensive end Jeremy Pinto who scored the fumble recovery touchdown to make it 34-0. All in all, it was just a day to forget for the junior running back and his team.
"They're a balanced team. They're an all-around team. They're fast, big and they can fly to the ball. It was tough out there today," Rhodes said.
"They're a good team. They swarm to the ball and everything you did. They were just there and in the position to make plays."
Beach Channel did have its lone bright spot in the third quarter. On third and 11 from the Port Richmond 37-yard line, WR Devon Moore got the handoff on a double reverse and took the football the distance for the Dolphins only touchdown of the game. Though it made the score only 41-6, the Dolphins did show a brief glimpse of the fire and passion that got them this far.
Their turnaround from going 3-6 last season to being eliminated in the second round of the PSAL championship playoffs is nothing to scoff at.
Making the playoffs was a huge achievement for Beach Channel team. It gave credence to the belief that Nazario thinks the varsity program is making the right progress.
Beach Channel will for the most part bring back many of their talented core. RB Turran Rhodes, RB Jahleek Austin and plus much of their strong offensive and defensive lines will come back. Despite the huge defeat, Beach Channel won't forget that for at least one week this post-season, the victory over Curtis made them the talk of the town.
"I told them (Port Richmond) they got some outstanding football players over there. I told my kids going in that I feel the same way that I am still extremely proud of my team," Nazario said.
"I know the score got a little out of hand and I didn't want to see our team go out like that but through all the hard work and the dedication from August till now, I am still proud of my kids. I'm proud of where the football program is moving."