Hungry Dolphins Want To Seal The Deal
One of the areas that stood out in Beach Channel/Channel View’s successful 9-1 campaign and appearance in the PSAL Bowl Championship game was their noted size and speed. The size was apparent on both sides of the ball as they bowled over opponents in the regular season.
The journey to a PSAL championship however was stopped by the speedy legs of Truman running back Isayah Mller, who rushed for 290 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 victory over the Dolphins last November.
While Beach Channel may not be as big in most areas of the ball this season, they retain many impact players who can put fear in their opponents.
The Dolphins want to finish what they intended to do last season. That’s winning a championship and that opportunity begins on Saturday at Columbus (12 p.m.) in the first game of the season.
“We got some unfinished business and we want to put some closure on some things,” said Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario.
To get ready for the season, Beach Channel scrimmaged three teams in the PSAL Championship division last week in Wagner, Midwood and Canarsie.
Nazario saw encouraging signs that his team is progressing in most areas. The Dolphins bring back a core group of 14 players who was important to last year’s success. What they lost from last season was size and experience in many areas on the offensive line and defense.
Whatever they lost in size, Beach Channel will rely this season on speed, speed and more speed. The area which is most visible for this aspect is on the offense.
The opposition will key their defenses on stopping explosive runningback Diequan Underwood. The 15-year old sophomore impressed the coaching staff last season with his game-breaking ability and the pressure he handled on the field.
Underwood should get plenty of touches carrying the ball and will also be the team’s starting defensive back.
Senior Henry Adengule will receive many opportunities to catch the ball. The 6- 3 target is a sure-handed possession receivers who many cornerbacks should have a tough time handling. Adengule doesn’t have blazing speed, but has enough quickness and talent to receive interest from NCAA Division I schools UCONN, Syracuse and Fordham University.
The starter at quarterback is Breland Archbold, who impressed Nazario last season while playing at the junior varsity level. The junior got into a few games after being promoted to the varsity last season.
The lefty-throwing Archbold has displayed a strong arm, and has good speed to make things happen out of the pocket. The offense will have plenty of depth at RB as well with Nicholas Hamilton and Justin Semser competing for time.
The offensive and defensive line has seen improvement throughout training camp. Junior Victor Damaso are among a few newcomers that will see time at offensive and defensive line.
“There were negatives, during the scrimmages against the run but they have been really good against the pass,” Nazario said.
“They may lack size, but they’re aggressive and putting in the work.”
Linebacker Calvin Stanley and cornerback Javis
Black are some of the returning players who will help out on defense.
The team doesn’t need any motivation to compete for a championship. Teams like August Martin, Bayside are gunning to avenge losses last season and new challenges will come from Madison and Grady, who each dropped from the PSAL Championship Division.
Underwood heard the talk last season that Beach Channel was too good to play in the division and should have been promoted. He dismisses that notion along with his teammates. What Beach Channel wants to do this season is just win it all.
“We hear that all the time but we don’t care what they said. We’re here to win,” said Underwood.