2011-10-14 / Sports

Rachel, Grady Runs Past Beach Channel

By Elio Velez


Brent Rachel had 251 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Beach Channel. Brent Rachel had 251 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Beach Channel. The setting was almost perfect last Sunday at Beach Channel High School’s football field. Nice warm Weather and Homecoming Day Festivities to welcome the Dolphins

The visiting Grady Falcons had their own plans to ruin the fun. Brent Rachel would rush for a game high 251 yards and score two touchdowns to lead Grady (5-0) to a 26-6 win over Beach Channel/Channel View (4-1) in a PSAL Bowl Division game.

With the score tied at 6-all going at halftime Grady would seize control of the game in the second half.

Rachel scored a 21-yard touchdown run and the two-point conversion to give Grady a 14-6 lead. They pushed their lead to 20-6 on a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Malherbe Serant with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

Rachel not only chewed up plenty of yardage against the Dolphins defense, teammate Ruben Joseph also piled up 121 rushing yards.

Diequan Underwood rushed for 136 yards and had the lone score for Beach Channel with a 55-yard scoring run. The Dolphins would hurt themselves with two second half turnovers, and could not score twice in the red zone as the offense stalled within the Grady 20- yard line.

Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario was concerned about his team’s lack of execution on both ends of the field. The Dolphins got away with it in their last three games against Automotive, Lafayette and Madison, but Grady would take full advantage of Beach Channel’s errors.

“First few games, we got away with sloppy, undisciplined errors. You’ll get away with that against lesser opponents. You got to give Grady credit, they are a good football team,” Nazario said.

“They are well coached team. I don’t think they are a better team than us, and I think we can beat them if we face them again.”

The next time Beach Channel could see Grady is in the playoffs, but they will be trying to step up their effort on Saturday at August Martin (3-2). Beach Channel fell to third place in the division behind first place Grady and unbeaten Bayside.

The Beach Channel coach has confidence his team can correct their mistakes.

He has stressed to the players that continuing these mistakes in a competitive Bowl Division can prove costly.

“They [Grady] did us favor with that loss. Myself and the rest of the coaching staff, there is a lot of stuff we took from that loss that we got to address for the rest of the season,” Nazario said. Far Rockaway Returns

The Seahorses return after a week off as they travel to Brooklyn to face n South Shore on Saturday at 11 a.m. in a PSAL Cup Division game.

South Shore (3-1) is currently in third place in the Cup Division behind first place MSIT and Alfred E. Smith. Far Rockaway (1-2) will try to rebound from a 30-8 loss suffered at home two weeks ago to Stuyvesant.

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