2009-10-16 / Sports

BCHS Football Wins, Seahorses Loses; FRHS Soccer Make Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel's Wayne Harris (26) tackles South Shore RB Desean Stafford. Photo By William Thomas. Beach Channel's Wayne Harris (26) tackles South Shore RB Desean Stafford. Photo By William Thomas. Beach Channel faced a serious blow to their PSAL Bowl Division playoff hopes last Sunday afternoon. As the Dolphins struggled to find consistency for three quarters, winless South Shore looked poised to win their first game.

The Dolphins though found their offensive rhythm and went to their ground game to get the answer. Beach Channel rushed for 320 total yards, and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat South Shore 20-12 in Canarsie.

QB Darryl Sanford sparked the Dolphins with his legs in the second half. The senior tied the game at 12 in the fourth quarter and his second touchdown of the game, a 15-yard score, gave Beach Channel the lead with 4 minutes remaining.

Jahleek Austin rushed for 120 yards and scored a touchdown as Beach Channel improved to 5-1. South Shore fell to 0-5.

What worries Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario is that his team played their best football only in the fourth quarter. And with three football games left against teams that are ahead of the Dolphins in the standings the next few weeks, now is the time Nazario says to play well for an entire game.

"I'm a little concerned about our execution. We had 3 fumbles and made two interceptions," Nazario said.

"I was upset because I believe we are a good football team. We dodged a bullet."

When Beach Channel played their best, their running game proved unstoppable in the fourth quarter. They'll need to play well when they travel to face Harry S. Truman in the Bronx on Saturday (11 a.m.). Truman, who is 5- 0, is currently third in the standings.

John Adams is currently first in the division with a 5-0 record and 241 power points. Thomas Jefferson is second with a 5-0 record and 214 power points.

Far Rock Soccer

Teddy Pierre was nursing a sore back when he woke up Monday morning with only one thought in mind. The Far Rockaway senior soccer player was determined to play against August Martin and help deliver his team to the playoffs.

But the Seahorses struggled in the first half against an undermanned Falcons team. A playoff clinching win was in the balance and a slightly limping Pierre was sure he was going to contribute.

With the game tied at 2, Pierre's leftfooted shot hit the goalpost and went in past goalkeeper Philip Diaz. The goal pushed the Seahorses on to score two more second half goals and win 5-3 over August in a game played at Campus Magnet High School.

With three games remaining, the 7-4- 1 Seahorses assured themselves of a playoff berth in the PSAL B Division for the first time in five seasons. Far Rockaway lost in the first round of the 2005 playoffs.

"Today was my day. I was hurt. This is my last year of playing. I had to play," Pierre said. "We just did our job today. This is a family."

Olufemi Ogunsola scored two goals for the Seahorses to add to his season total of 12.

Oscar Gomez and Luis Zelaya also scored.

The Seahorses will host Queens High School of Teaching today at 4 p.m. On Saturday, they will play Jamaica and finish the regular season by hosting Beach Channel on Monday at 4 p.m.

"It worked out for us today," said Far Rockaway coach Michael Falzone. "The team feeds off the adrenalin and commitment that we all have. And our reward is going to the playoffs."

Seahorses Lose To Petrides

Far Rockaway didn't have many chances to move the football on Sunday afternoon at home.

They had less only 79 yards of total offense, and their defense was a bit exhausted.

The final result pained the Seahorses more the statistics. RB William Caban rushed for 114 yars and scored the game wining touchdown in the second quarter as visiting Petrides High School held on to a narrow 8-6 win.

Far Rockaway scored with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter on Marcus Stapleton's 5-yard touchdown run. But they could not convert on the tying two-point conversion, and the score remained 8-6.

The Seahorses allowed Petrides (5-1) to block a punt in the first quarter, which came out to a safety and a 2-0 lead. It proved to be the winning points. But the Seahorses (3-3) made enough mistakes that it came back to haunt said lineman Chris Rainey

"I can't say we would have won the game without making mistakes, but I can say we would have at least went into overtime," Rainey said. "The game wouldn't be over if we didn't let that one punt block," Rainey said.

Battling injuries and with a lack of depth, the Seahorses will have to regroup and try and keep their PSAL Cup Division playoff hopes alive this Saturday (12 p.m.) against McKee Staten Island Tech (3-3).

"We're banged up a bit. It was so close. We ran only 11 offensive plays and only down 8-0," said Seahorses coach Walt Wilkerson.

"But we came out scored in the second half and still had a chance to win. To only lose by two points, it hurts. We just couldn't finish."

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