Beach Channel Falls In PSAL Bowl Title Game
The touchdown would cut Truman’s lead to 23-20 in the PSAL Bowl championship game with 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins, though, had no chance to get the football back.
They were stymied one last time by the impressive display in the backfield by running back Isayah Muller, who rushed for two game sealing first down conversions and 290 yards total as No. 2 Truman defeated first place Beach Channel 23-20 to win the PSAL Bowl championship.
It was an emotional end to the championship dreams of Beach Channel, which fought toe to toe with their Bronx rivals, according to Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario.
“I’m proud of these guys. I feel for the seniors. I feel for the team. Obviously we want to walk off the field champions but, you know, hats off to Truman and a great season on their part. And it was one hell of a football game.”
It was certainly a back and forth battle featuring clearly the best teams in the division. Beach Channel though could not overcome the big chunks of yardage piled on by Truman’s 5-10, 180-pound senior running back.
The big running plays Muller made kept the Beach Channel’s defense off balance. On the first Truman offensive series, his 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.
Beach Channel, though, fought back with a rushing touchdown by Mahamed Sidibe with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Jahvari Josiah’s catch in the end zone for the two-point conversion gave the Dolphins an 8-7 lead.
Adengule caught a tipped pass in the air in the back of the end zone for a 5- yard touchdown reception from Burrello to give the Dolphins a 14-7 lead with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter.
Truman answered quickly when Muller’s 53-yard run set the Mustangs deep into Dolphins territory. An 8-yard touchdown run by Xavier Hamilton, and his two point conversion rush gave Truman a 15-14 lead at halftime.
The Dolphins had a few chances to take the lead in the second half, but could not convert on their opportunities.
With 6:59 remaining in the fourth quarter, Muller sealed the win with an 82-yard touchdown run and Hamilton made the two-point rushing conversion to give Truman a 23-14 lead.
“We just didn’t stop him. He had some big runs that really hurt us,” said Dolphin senior linebacker Demitrius Pelt. “It was real frustrating. Everybody tried their hardest but we just weren’t clicking today.”
While it wasn’t the ending Beach Channel wanted, Nazario told his team after the game that they showed plenty of spirit in trying to win a championship.
“Regardless of the outcome I was proud of them, their hard work and their accomplishments,” Nazario said. “It doesn’t take anything away how I feel about these kids. They are a great