H.S. Roundup: Beach Channel, FRHS Football Lose In Final Seconds
After Beach Channel QB Darryl Sanford scored a four-yard touchdown to narrow the Harry S. Truman lead to 14-13 with 1:21 left in the fourth quarter, the visiting Dolphins decided to go for the win.
On the two-point conversion, Sanford, who had rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries, felt confident he was going to score. He took the handoff, went up the middle and dived for the end zone.
His lunge came up one yard short. Beach Channel lost 14-13 at Truman high school in the Bronx last Saturday afternoon.
Truman improved to 6-0 in the PSAL Bowl Div - ision. Beach Channel fell to 5-2. The fourth place Dolphins are holding on to the last playoff spot by only nine points over August Martin (4-2).
Beach Channel was sloppy at times and committed costly penalties that gave their opponent a chance to make a comeback. Truman RB Cory Johnson and FB Isayah Muller each scored in the fourth quarter to give the Mustangs the lead.
"I thought we had that extra push, but they had a good line," Sanford said. "It was tough. We couldn't get it. It really hurts. He said don't beat yourself. I take this loss as a heads up.
Beach Channel will need to improve in a pivotal playoff game as they host on Saturday an undefeated Thomas Jefferson, who is rolling at 6-0 and in first place.
"We can't beat ourselves," Sanford added. "We got to stay constant. We got to play better."
Far Rock Falls Short
Far Rockaway's quest to score the game winning touchdown in the final seconds at home on Saturday fell just three yards short of the end zone.
Time ran out on the Seahorses as McKee/Staten Island Tech came from behind in the second half to win 18-16 in PSAL Cup Division action.
The Seahorses (3-4) drove to the McKee (4-3) three-yard line but the referee blew the whistle before the snap was taken.
McKee capitalized on a safety in the third quarter to cut the lead to 16-10. With seven minutes left in the game, Warren Davis scored on a 9-yard touchdown to tie the game. QB Gary Levine connected with Ray Woolford on a two-point conversion to take the lead.
The Seahorses got their points in the first half as Marcus Stapleton recovered a fumble for a 95-yard touchdown and Daniel Cortes scored on a rushing touchdown.
"They fought hard out there," Wilkerson said. "We just fell a few yards short."
Beach Channel swept the two games with their peninsula rivals as Jose Baires scored two goals on Monday as the Dolphins won 5-1 at Far Rockaway.
Carlos Mejia, Melquisede Navarro and Fredy Sazo also scored for the Dolphins, who finished the regular season in second place in the Queens B1 Division with a 12-2 record.
Far Rockaway ended the season with an 8-6 record and finished in third place.
Both teams qualified for the playoffs, which beings this weekend in the PSAL A and B Divisions. The seedings were announced after the Wave went to press.
The Dolphins bounced back after a 2-0 defeat at Van Buren (13-0-1) on October 16. Martin Van Buren clinched the division title, but Mejia thinks his talented enough to make a splash in the playoffs.
"It was tough to lose Van Buren. They beat us twice and they're a good team. But I think we can do this," said Mejia. "We have a good team. I trust them. They trust me and we have respect for one another."
Far Rockaway waited until their last game of the regular season to decide their playoff fate. But it was well worth the wait.
Darly Herrera scored two first half goals and the Seahorses held on in the second half to defeat Robert F. Wagner Jr., 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Spring - field Gardens High School.
The victory clinched a playoff berth to qualify for the PSAL B girls playoffs.
The Lady Seahorses finished the regular season at 6-6-1 and will travel to Randalls Island on Monday to play fourth seed Martin Luther King at 3:30 p.m.
The 2009 season has been a 180 degree turnaround in fortunes for the Lady Seahorses in the standings. The team went 0-13 in 2008.
Most of the players returned this year and forgot the bitter taste of what happened last season. Coach William Neylon credits his players for working hard and was proud of their effort.
"It was do or die for us. A loss or a tie would have kept us out of the playoffs," Neylon said.
"This is the same team who I had last season that lost every single game. There's been a lot of improvement with the returning players. I got three or four new players who have really done well. They did a great job."
Dolphins Host Playoff Game
Beach Channel finished the PSAL Queens BVI regular season at 8-4-1 and will host a first round playoff game on Monday.
The Lady Dolphins, who were seeded eighth in the 16-team playoffs, will face number 9 Choir Academy (7-5, Bronx /Manhattan B1 Division) of Harlem at 3:30 p.m. at Beach Channel High School.
The winner will face off against number 1 Flush - ing or 16-seed Lafayette in the second round at Grand Street Campus on November 3.
Stella Maris Wins
Ashley Raaf and Maria Steele each scored a goal as Stella Maris won 2-0 on the road against St. Agnes. The Lady Flippers improved to 7-2-1 and has a tough week ahead of them.
The CHSAA Queens Division second place Lady Flippers will face off against third place Christ the King on Monday at Juniper Valley Park. On Wed - nes day, Stella Maris travels to Manhattan to take on first place Notre Dame Academy.