2009-11-06 / Sports

BCHS Damages Playoff Hopes In Loss To Adams

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel runningback Wayne Harris rumbles to the end zone. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel runningback Wayne Harris rumbles to the end zone. Photo by William Thomas. Playing the fourth quarter has been a rollercoaster for the Beach Channel Dolphins this season. Last Saturday, they experienced their highs in a frantic comeback finish against John Adams.

But the Dolphins ultimately suffered the lows. They came back from a 14-point deficit at home in the fourth quarter. Beach Channel couldn't however complete two 2-point conversions which became the narrow margin of their third straight defeat in Adams' 22-20 victory.

The defeat to Adams was the third loss in a row to the top teams in the division. Defeats to Harry S. Truman and Jefferson in the prior weeks means that with a 5-4 record, the fifth place Dolphins (222 power points) need major help this Sunday to get into the playoffs over fourth place August Martin (250 points).

"The last three weeks we've had leads and we just couldn't close the game out in the end," said Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario.

Beach Channel had taken an 8-0 lead on Wayne Harris' 23-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Mistakes though once again plagued the Dolphins in the second half.

The Spartans scored their first 16-points of the game in less than a minute. RB Brandon Wilson finished off John Adams' first offensive possession of the half for a two-yard touchdown. After he converted the two-points to tie the game, things got worse for Channel.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Dolphins fumbled and Jahleek Austin recovered the ball in the end zone and was tackled by the Adams defenders for a safety. Beach Channel kicked off to senior Akeem Chavis, who returned the ball 55-yards for a touchdown and a 16-8 lead.

It seemed the Dolphins loss would be sealed after Carlito Atkins returned a 66-yard touchdown off another Beach Channel fumble early in the fourth.

But the Dolphins found life when QB Darryl Sanford found Wayne Harris in the end zone on a 11- yard touchdown with 5:39 left to cut the lead to 22- 14. Wayne Harris found the end zone with 1:55 left on a 21-yard run to cut the deficit to 2-points.

With the Dolphins sideline in deep in prayer, Sanford's rushing attempt to get to the end zone on the game-tying two-point conversion was stopped by the Sanford at the half-yard line.

And while Beach Channel has one last game, a non-league matchup at home against 7-0 Moore Catholic on Sunday (12 p.m.), their minds will surely be focused on elsewhere.

To make the PSAL Bowl Division playoffs, which start on Sunday, November 15, the Dolphins need August Martin to lose to Tilden today, and FDR to fall to Jamaica. A win by Truman over Adams, which will be also be played today will be the factors needed for Beach Channel to make the playoffs.

Far Rock Finally Wins

The last few weeks have been trying times for the Far Rockaway Sea horses. Three straight losses, which have been by six points or less, have pushed the team out of the running for any of the four PSAL Cup Division playoff spots.

But in the final home game on Sat urday afternoon, the Seahorses found a way to snap the losing streak. RB Khasim Teague scored two first half touchdowns as the Seahorses won 14-12 over Alfred E. Smith.

Far Rockaway improved to 4-5. Smith fell to 3-6.

The Seahorses had lost by 2 points in heartbreakers at home against Pet rides and McKee Staten Island Tech. On October 24, the Seahorses lost 6-0 to Lafayette. So after losing by such a small margin in the past weeks, Wilkerson pointed out how it good it was for his team to wind up on the winning side.

"Thank goodness," Walt Wilkerson said with a laugh. "I was glad for the seniors who played and won their final game at home."

If the Seahorses need motivation to win on Sunday, they can play the role of spoiler when they travel to Flushing Memorial Field to take on William C. Bryant. If the fifth place Owls (5-4, 128 power points) win against the Seahorses, and coupled with a loss by fourth place Information Technology (7-2, 141 points) to Automotive (9-0), Bryant can qualify for the last spot in the playoffs. But if the Seahorses win, Bryant would be eliminated.

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