BCHS Wins, Far Rockaway Bounces Back To Victory
Beach Channel may have soundly defeated Jamaica, 30-0, last Saturday at home, but don't think for a minute that coach Victor Nazario is entirely pleased at the result.
The Dolphins improved to 3-1, and are currently fifth out of ten teams in the PSAL Bowl Division. QB Patrick Burrello rushed for a touchdown and completed three TD passes to Turran Rhodes. Derrick Clarke had two sacks for the Beach Channel defense. Darryl Sanford and Courtney Lawrence each recovered fumbles by the Jamaica offense.
Nazario was happy with the result but he still doesn't believe his team has played four consistent quarters yet.
"We're still not clicking yet. We're still making some mistakes," Nazario said.
"That's the bad news. We still managed to score 30 points and I told my team how many could we score if we actually played four good quarters of football."
Beach Channel has five games remaining, starting with their Homecoming Day celebration which leads to their 12 p.m. game on Saturday against Samuel J. Tilden (2-2).
With only four teams qualifying for the Bowl playoffs, the Dolphins must win if they don't want to be the odd team out. Their final three games of the season will be against teams ahead of Beach Channel in the division. On October 27, they will travel to 3-1 Harry S. Truman. Beach Channel will then host the final two games of the regular season against second place Thomas Jefferson and the 4-0 first place John Adams Spartans on October 31.
Seahorses Win On The Road
Far Rockaway may not have a big team in terms of numbers on their roster, but they did show a deep resolve to win last Saturday. The Seahorses broke a fourth quarter tie as Travis Wright scored a rushing touchdown as they won 16-8 over Adlai Stevenson H.S. in the Bronx. Far Rockaway also got a rushing touchdown from Marcus Stapleton as they improved to 2-2 within the PSAL Cup Division.
The Seahorses dress 22 players, only a few above the minimum 17 required to play. But they made enough plays, especially on defense, to get an important road victory. CB Franklin Barrowes made two interceptions and Miles Cabrera had one. Christopher Rainey had a game high 8 tackles and a sack. Habibullah Zahir also recorded a sack.
"It was a good game. What I was most impressed was our team's response. After Stevenson scored (in the second quarter), I liked how they responded after that. They kept on fighting and never gave up," Wilkerson said.
Far Rockaway hosts Franklin K. Lane (0-4) on Saturday at 11 a.m.