High School Roundup: BCHS Win, FRHS Forfeits
Wilkerson followed through with the decision to forfeit their Cup Division opening game to Evander Childs because the team did not have the required 25 players required in compete in a PSAL game.
“My first attempts were to postpone the game, but there wasn’t enough time in the season to make up the game,” Wilkerson said.
Despite an 0-1 record, Wilkerson pointed out to his team that there are still 9 games, which is plenty of time to start winning.
“We can’t look back at what happened. I told them if we took a forfeit and lose, the season wasn’t over. We got more games to play and chances to win,” Wilkerson said.
Far Rockaway now has 27 players and will officially play in their first game of the season at home against Adlai Stevenson. That game will be played on Sunday at 11 a.m. “I’m expecting our kids to be excited to play. They have been waiting to put the pads on to compete,” Wilkerson said. We’re glad to be at home with our fans and family to support us.”
Channel Routs Tilden
Video is an important tool for all football coaches to dissect a team’s performance in a game.
After Beach Channel/Channel View completed a 34-0 rout over Tilden in the PSAL Bowl Division opening game last Saturday, Dolphins coach
Victor Nazario wasn’t quite sure what to make of his team’s performance.
RB Mahamed Sidibe rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns to lead Beach Channel. Adekoyejo Oderere rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Dolphins 1-0.
“When I was coaching the girls’ basketball team, we won the game and I was upset. I didn’t think we had a good game. The coach told me not to critique before seeing the tape,” Nazario said.
Nazario saw on the tapes a sound performance by his offense that rushed for 333 yards and a defense that held Tilden off the scoreboard.
“The coaches and I was pleased at our players. We played well. We had no turnovers but we got to cut down the penalties,” Nazario says.
They won’t be resting on their laurels when they make the trip to play South Bronx High School on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Phoenix, who was promoted to the division after winning the PSAL Cup championship last year, will be a good test for Beach Channel. South Bronx defeated Jamaica 20-0 last week.
Michael Falzone didn’t want to forfeit the first game Far Rockaway had this season last Sunday. The Seahorses coach though had no choice.
He couldn’t gather the 11 players necessary because a few players either had church or family commitment. Falzone understood and just waited a few days to get his full roster on the field.
And it was worth the wait. Oscar Gomez scored a career high of seven goals and Diego Cabrera added a goal, along with five assists as Far Rockaway handily defeated Queens High School of Teaching, 8-1, on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows Park.
In his second year as coach Falzone says it will be a few games before Far Rockaway will jell on the field. They are a young team which is quite the contrast with a senior heavy squad that finished 8-6 and lost in the first round of the PSAL B playoffs to Taft.
Christopher Williams, Cabrera and Gomez are the captains and the only seniors on the squad.
“I’ve got some good young players, freshman and sophomores,” Falzone said. “I think this team is committed, working hard and hopefully they will teach the younger ones and help them improve.”
Falzone thinks a playoff appearance out of the PSAL B 1 Division isn’t out of their reach at all. Even though they are a small team composed of 13 players, which is a result of the school being closed in June, Far Rockaway thinks they can compete.
Freshman such as Samen Menard and new sophomore goalkeeper Basir Nasiri will get plenty of playing time.
“I have a good feeling this team is going to make the playoffs. I have the talent, dedication and commitment from these players,” Falzone said.
Beach Channel will have to go through some growing pains in their first season in the Queens A West Division. The newly promoted Dolphins are 0-2 following a close loss in their first game of the year to Newcomers 2-1, and defeated by Aviation 4 to 1.
Beach Channel/Channel View continued their winning ways with a solid 3-0 home win over John Bowne on Tuesday afternoon. Oyindamola Aregbesola powered the Dolphins with two goals. Samantha Andino added the other goal for Beach Channel, who improved to 3-0 and lead the PSAL Queens VI Division standings. The Dolphins will take on Campus Magnet on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. “I like what the girls have done,” said a pleased Dolphins coach Osei Akoto.