H.S. Football Roundup: Undefeated Dolphins Keep Rolling
The Dolphins earned their seventh straight win of the PSAL Bowl division season with a 26-6 road victory over Springfield Gardens. The win improved Beach Channel to 7-0 and they remain in first place over 6-1 Truman.
Patrick Burrello completed 6 out of 14 passes for 138 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Demitrius Pelt (four catches for 100 yards) and Henry Adengule. The Dolphins gained rushing touchdowns from Adekoyejo Odedere and Mahamed Sidibe, and Diequan Underwood rushed for 120 yards on only four attempts.
Beach Channel’s defense allowed only six points to Springfield Gardens (1-6), which is the third this season an opponent has only scored that amount.
“Pat is maturing. He has done his job, and he had a good game,” Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario described of his quarterback’s performance.
Far Rock Loses Heartbreaker
The Seahorses had faced enough adversity before their game on October 22 against Stuyvesant.
Due to a mixup by the bus company providing transportation to the Seahorses, a bus did not arrive for the Seahorses junior varsity team to get to Pier 40 in lower Manhattan for their scheduled 4 p.m. start. The Seahorses jv team arrived two hours later and had to forfeit.
The varsity team had arrived a half hour after the scheduled 6 p.m. game time. After the intense events of just even getting there, the Seahorses had gained enough momentum to take a 12-6 lead late into the fourth quarter.
Stuyvesant though had one final drive, and they capitalized on two key Seahorses penalties to get to the threeyard line. Michael Bucaoto scored from three-yards out and Kristofor Lulaj kicked the extra point with a minute remaining to give Stuyvesant (5-3) a 13-12 victory.
Far Rockaway fell to 3-4 and while they have been competitive in every game this season, it’s the mistakes and costly penalties that subjected them to a painful loss.
“Every game we have been in, we’ve been in there.
Our problems are in key times we make key mistakes and turnovers,” said Far Rockaway coach Walt Wilkerson.
“We can’t capitalize on getting two 2- point conversions. If we make a few of that, we would have been up 16-13.”
Kahsim Teague completed an 80- yard kickoff return to begin the second half as the Seahorses tied the game at 6.
The senior running back then gave Far Rockaway 12-6 lead with a 50- yard touchdown with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
While there were some questionable calls by the referees which had seemed to go against Far Rockaway in the final drive, Teague said if his team did not make mistakes at key junctures, the Seahorses could have a winning record.
“We can be a championship team but we just have mental errors. So far we played every team and they haven’t beaten us, we’ve shut them down, they don’t put up points against us,” Teague said. “We just make the mistakes.”
Far Rockaway will have three straight home games, with the first opponent being McKee Staten Island Tech (6-2) on Saturday at 11 a.m.