H.S. Wrapup: FRHS Wins, Dolphins To Battle Bayside
It finally took the referee’s blow of the whistle at the end of the fourth quarter of last Friday’s football game at Franklin K. Lane High for Far Rockaway/ FDAVI to breathe a loud and collective sigh of relief.
By no means were the Seahorses performance pretty, but head coach Walt Wilkerson will be glad take the team’s first win of the season any way his team can get it. Far Rockaway RB Romello White scored the lone touchdown on a 5-yard run in the second quarter as the Seahorses improved to 1-2 with a 6-0 victory in a PSAL Cup Division game.
“These kids are working hard,” Wilkerson said. “I know these kids will grow into better players each week.”
Lane threatened to score a touchdown three times deep into Far Rockaway territory in the fourth quarter. The Seahorses defense turned Lane away each time.
Key plays were made by Kahsim Teague recovered a Lane fumble at the 25-yard line. With less than 30 seconds remaining, Lane’s final drive was halted at the Seahorses 15-yard line.
Dennis Dixon and Antwan Douglas had two sacks each for the Seahorses. Far Rockaway will travel to the Bronx to take on 2-1 Alfred E. Smith on Saturday at 11 a.m. Teague said a win was crucial for a team coming off a forfeit, and a loss to Stevenson in Week 2.
“It feels really good. We are a young team, not much seniors but we are the getting the job done right now,” Teague said.
Beach Channel Faces Tough Test
The Dolphins took care of business at home last Saturday afternoon in a solid performance by defeating South Shore, 28-0, in a PSAL Bowl Division football matchup. QB Patrick Burrello starred for Beach Channel/Channel View (3-0) as he completed 7 out of 14 pass attempts for 186 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Freshman RB Diequan Under-wood caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Burrello, and also scored a rushing touchdown.
One of the first major tests of the season comes this Saturday at Beach Channel when 3-0 Bayside visits at 12 p.m. Tickets will be $3.00 and the junior varsity game between Bayside and Beach Channel will follow.
The Commodores feature a high scoring offense, and have pulled off onepoint victories this year against Automotive last week and a 34-33 overtime win over Truman.
“We’ve got to be ready,” said Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario. “We’re playing well, but the kids know they got to come to play on Saturday.”
Sanders Commits to Future
Jermaine Sanders, the Rice High School senior basketball star, verbally committed to attend the University of Cincinnati next year. Sanders, a Far Rockaway product, averaged 15 points per game as Rice’s starting small forward as a junior. The 6-5 player will play in the Big East and spurned offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, Providence and Villanova.
Dolphins Soccer Eke Out Victory
Newtown emerged in the second half to knot their PSAL A Divisions soccer game at 2-2 against the Beach Channel Dolphins at Newtown High School field on Wednesday.
Dolphins senior captain Adrian Flanigan, not usually noted for his offensive skills, decided to get the momentum back for his team with his right foot. Flanigan scored his first goal in three years with a right-footed chip shot, which went over the head of Newtown goalkeeper Jhofry Rodriguez in the 30th minute to give Beach Channel a much needed 3-2 win.
“When I saw the keeper was off his line, which I didn’t see cause I was running too wide,” Flanigan, who plays either in defense or midfield, said. “I just shot it, fell, and heard my teammates cheer when it go in.”
The Dolphins received goals from Franklin and Gustauo Zuniga to improve to 2-4-1 and kept their playoff hopes alive in the Queens West A Division. Beach Channel will host Aviation (4-2-1) at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Far Rockaway cross-country coach Eric Stein says he is pleased so far from the results of two of his runners.
Carolena Mayorga had a solid start to her season as the senior finished second overall in the 5K race with a time of 23:6.99 on September 18 in the PSAL Group Run and Varsity races two weeks ago. Jonathan Celeya, a junior finished with a strong time of 18 minutes, 22.47 seconds in the 5K race to place 11th overall out of 193 runners at Van Cortlandt. Celaya will compete on Saturday along with his teammates at the Mayor’s Cup.