2009-09-11 / Sports

Running Seahorses Get Revenge In Thumping Of Trojans

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway's Chris Rainey (left) and Travis Wright each contributed to the opening day victory. Far Rockaway's Chris Rainey (left) and Travis Wright each contributed to the opening day victory. Gregory Ibe was the offensive player that was most counted on last year when the Far Rockaway varsity team needed to gain tough yardage or score an important touchdown.

Ibe gained more than 1,000 yards on the ground and was key to last year's PSAL Cup Division championship runner-ups.

But the offensive exploits that Ibe brought to the table are now gone from the team that stepped on the field last Saturday on the road at George Washington High School.

When Far Rockaway coach Walt Wilkerson was looking for a candidate to step up and replace Ibe's production, RB Kahsim Teague raised his hand to answer the call. Teague rushed for 172 yards and scored three touchdowns in his first varsity game as Far Rockaway won 24-14 on Saturday afternoon in the PSAL season opener.

It may have been a year too late, but the Seahorses achieved a modicum of revenge after losing to the Trojans, 20-14, in last year's title game.

Teague stepped up big in the third quarter with the game tied at 6. The junior RB had scored a touchdown in the first half, and added to his total on the first play of scrimmage.

After taking the handoff from QB Daniel Cortes, Teague rushed inside and exploded past the Trojan defenders to score on an 80-yard touchdown run to make it 12-6.

"We lost a lot with Ibe and we hope Kahsim can pick up the slack and can fill Ibe's shoes," Wilkerson said. "If he continues to play the way he did, it would be a lot of help for us."

After a defensive stop by the Seahorses, Teague once again found the end zone on a 40-yard touchdown score to increase the lead to 18-6.

After the lead was cut to 18-14 in the fourth quarter, Teague finished off the scoring with a 10-yard run.

Wilkerson was pleased with his defense, led by returning starter Tyquan Davis, who recorded 16 tackles.

Cortes, who was starting his first game at QB, threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Jevaughn Pinnock in the first half.

Wilkerson also admitted that some of his players who felt the sting of last year's title defeat were more than happy to record a win on Saturday.

And he's also happy that he recorded a victory with just enough players to take part in the game. The Seahorses suited up 20 players and with school starting last Wednesday, Wilkerson is hoping to add a few more players to provide team depth.

But a victory is a victory, and Wilkerson will be looking to keep the good times rolling at home on Saturday (11 a.m.) against Automotive High School. The Pistons are also 1-0 after routing Lafayette, 72- 0.

"We had a good effort. We've still got a bit to work on, but it's a good starting point, if we are not running 100 percent just yet," Wilkerson said.

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