2009-10-30 / Sports

Dolphins Face Must Win On Saturday; FRHS Falls To Defeat

By Elio Velez

Thomas Jefferson RB Kadeem Bailey (right) moves past Beach Channel's Turran Rhodes. Thomas Jefferson RB Kadeem Bailey (right) moves past Beach Channel's Turran Rhodes. The PSAL Bowl Division regular season comes down to one last game for the Beach Channel Dolphins on Sat urday afternoon.

For the Dolphins, who lost to Thomas Jefferson, 22-14 on October 24, their playoff hopes rest in what is a must win home game at 12 p.m. against John Adams.

Beach Channel currently stands at 5-3 and hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the division. But after consecutive defeats to top team in the division in Jefferson, and second place Truman the week prior, there is no margin for error against the Spartans.

The 6-2 Spartans hold the third spot, but have lost two in a row to August Martin and Truman.

August Martin is very alive in the playoff hunt in fifth place with a 4-3 record. The Falcons can sneak into the fourth spot if they can win their remaining games against Jamaica and Tilden,

The scenarios of who must win and lose are too numerous to mention for Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario. The fact is that only four of the five teams will be in the playoffs and the Dolphins must win on Saturday to put themselves into the mix.

Beach Channel QB Darryl Sanford runs downfield. Photos by William Thomas. Beach Channel QB Darryl Sanford runs downfield. Photos by William Thomas. "To win, we just have to execute. If we play a clean football game, no turn - overs, we can do that," Nazario says.

Nazario wasn't happy with some of the calls the referees made in their loss to Jefferson. Tied at 14 in the third quarter and with Jefferson driving, Dolphins linebacker Courtney Law - rence knocked the ball out of RB Kadeem Bailey's hands.

The apparent fumble was recovered by the Dolphins but the referees blew the whistle early, thinking the ground caused the fumble and the Oragne Wave kept possession. Nazario was in - censed and even said Jefferson coaches agreed it was a blown call. Bailey went onto score the game leading touchdown to make it 22-14.

Nazario says his team is fire dup after two straight losses. No matter what happens in the other games, his team can make a good argument to get to the playoffs if they can beat rival Adams.

"We got to beat John Adams. We win and we're in," Nazario said. "Let them figure out those power points."

Seahorses Lose On The Road

Far Rockaway got off to a decent start to the first half of the PSAL football season with a 3-2 record. It gave hope to Coach Walt Wilkerson that his Seahorses football team could be competing in the second half to qualify for the postseason.

Any chance for a second consecutive playoff appearance for the Seahorses the last three weeks have unfortunately ended in heartbreak. The Seahorses fell to 3-5 after losing at Lafayette 6-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Though Far Rockaway had 302 total yards on offense and only allowed 155, the Patriots would be the only team to get in the end zone.

In the fourth quarter, Jhaleel Fen - elon scored on a two-yard touchdown run to give Lafayette their only points of the day. Far Rockaway has had some tough losses in recent weeks, losing at home to Petrides and McKee/ Staten Island Tech by two points. Their latest loss has been a tough one to swallow ac cording to Wilkerson.

"The kids played hard. But this last half of the season has been tough. It's heartbreaking," Wilkerson said.

Far Rockaway will try to snap their losing streak on Saturday when they host 3-5 Alfred E. Smith at 12 p.m.

Dolphins Bowl Over Adams

The Beach Channel boys bowling team secured their eighth win in a row by defeating Queens I Division rivals John Adams 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Cozy Lanes.

The Dolphins and Spartans have split the season series and are tied with each other for tops in the division with a 10-1 record.

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