2011-11-04 / Sports

Far Rock Braves Snow To Win Via Forfeit

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway Educational Campus recorded their second varsity football win of the year last weekend by a crazy set of circumstances. They were one of the many PSAL football teams on Saturday afternoon to feel the chilling effects of the late October snowstorm.

“That was the first time I had been in a snow game to that magnitude,” said Far Rockaway coach Walt Wilkerson. “The snow was sticking to the field, it was slippery and some of our players were just visibly cold and stressed by the weather.”

The wind and snow forced referees to postpone the Seahorses home game against Kipp NYC College Prep midway through the second quarter.

Far Rockaway was leading 6-0 in that game, but referees had problems looking at the yard markers, which were covered by the snow and stuck to the turf field.

“Before the game, the referees told us the lines had to be shoveled off,” Wilkerson said. “Assistant coach Rob Brown and a couple of junior varsity kids had to push the snow off with a broom.”

But the snow and slush intensified by the second quarter, and that led the referees to summon Kipp coach Michael DeFazio and Wilkerson to inform them the game was postponed.

Wilkerson was informed by PSAL football commissioner Jerry Epstein that the game would be rescheduled to the next day at 12 p.m.

Kipp could not overcome the lateness of the cancellation. They could not order another bus to transport the players the next day. DeFazio told Wilkerson that he would not have enough players to finish the rescheduled game because some of them accrued injuries.

“I can understand why they did it. I was thinking of what if it was me that had to forfeit a game like that,” Wilkerson said.

The forfeit improved Far Rockaway’s record to 2-3 with only two games left to play this season. The Seahorses are currently seventh out of 13 teams in the PSAL Cup Division.

While they will miss the playoffs this season, Wilkerson said the Seahorses will be playing for pride and honor on Sunday afternoon (12 p.m.) against Cardozo.

“I told the players to keep working hard and for some of the seniors, it might be the last football games they will ever play. “We got to finish off strong,” Wilkerson said.

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