H.S. Report: Dolphins Earn Important Victory
The freezing rain on Saturday afternoon quickly turned into a mix of cold slush and snow that plastered all over the Bayside Athletic Field turf.
The players on Beach Channel/Channel View not only had to deal with the elements late in the first quarter. They were down 20-8 to Bayside and watching their PSAL Bowl Division playoffs hopes fade away.
In a combination of urgency and desperation, the Dolphins rose from the ashes as Diequan Underwood rushed for a career high 314 yards and scored four touchdowns to beat Bayside 36-20.
The Dolphins also benefited from 5 Bayside offensive turnovers to storm back from a 20-8 deficit, and score 28 unanswered point to improve to 5-3.
“We knew coming in, no offense to the Bayside, coaches and players. I will keep saying we got the better team. Despite everything that’s been going that on, the team rallied and came together,” said an exhilarated Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario after the game.
“We said we had to hold our own. We dealt with so much adversity that 14 points is nothing.”
As the Dolphins ran off the field at the end of the game to warm up on the team bus, they were buoyed by other results to put them back in the playoff hunt.
With August Martin losing to Jamaica and Tilden defeating Lafayette, Beach Channel elevated themselves to the sixth and final Bowl Division playoff spot with 273 power points.
Bayside was actually up 14-0 after scoring on their first two drives. But the Dolphins kept responding as their fensive line created open holes all day for Underwood to run past the Commodores defense.
After recovering a fumble in the third quarter, Beach Channel took a 22-20 lead as Underwood completed a 79- yard rushing touchdown. The Dolphins increased their advantage in the fourth quarter off another Bay side offensive fumble. Underwood went into the end zone on a 45- yard run and the game would be sealed on a 4-yard quarterback keeper run by Breland Archbold.
“We worked hard. It’s confidence 110 percent,” Underwood said. “We played Dolphins football in sleet and this is our weather.” Beach Channel must win this Sunday at home against Springfield Gardens (2-6). A loss will eliminate them from the Bowl playoffs. Scholars Finish Undefeated
The Scholars’ Academy defeated Springfield Gardens in a two set victory, 25-8, 25-10, at home on Wednesday afternoon to complete their first ever undefeated campaign. The Seawolves also claimed their first outright Queens ‘B9’ championship division crown with a 12-0 record. They tied for the division title last season with Campus Magnet.
Megan Lacognata led the Seawolves with 8 digs, and also had 7 service points and 6 assists. Emma Michaels had 9 service points and Shannon Toomey totaled 5 assists for Scholars’, who wait to hear what playoff seed they earned in a meeting to be held by the PSAL on Monday night. Dolphins Win First Round
A first half goal by Samantha Andino was the only score Beach Channel/Channel View needed to advance in the PSAL ‘B’ soccer playoffs. The No. 7 Dolphins won 1-0 over No. 10 George Washington on Tuesday afternoon.
Beach Channel now heads to the second round in a matchup at No. 2 Madison today at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Dolphins sweated in a bit in the second half of the game as George Washington kept pushing for the tying goal. Though the opposition had few clear scoring chances, they created enough of a threat to give Beach Channel some problems according to coach Laura Gavidia.
“These girls got to know what to do and that’s the frustration. This is the playoffs,” Gavidia said. “We can’t afford to make a mistake and say we‘ll fix it next game. There is no game.”
Beach Channel knows they must step up against Madison, who finished in second place in the Brooklyn ‘BVII’ Division behind the No. 1 overall seed Telecommunications.
“I don’t rely on one or two players because that’s who is going to get us the victory. I rely on everyone,” Gavidia said. “I don’t emphasize that because other teams do that. They may win and get far, but eventually the other players won’t get a chance to shine. It’s a team game.”