2012-09-14 / Sports

H.S. Sports Wrapup: Seahorses Win PSAL Opener

By Elio Velez

In the past two years, Far Rockaway Educational Campus has not had the opportunity to take the first snap of the PSAL varsity football campaign. Seahorses coach Walt Wilkerson had to reluctantly inform the PSAL that his team was not able to field the 25 players required to compete.

This season is already a bit more promising for the Seahorses. With the team able to field enough players last Saturday, Far Rockaway exploded offensively to record a 32-12 home win over Adlai Stevenson in a PSAL Cup Division game.

“The last two years we had to forfeit our first game. All week, myself and other coaches were worried that we would have enough kids,” Wilkerson said. “Now we have kids in the program. It’s a great start and its good motivation and a morale booster for the kid.”

Senior running back Romello White had a banner day on both ends of the field. On offense, White rushed for 111 yards on seven carries and scored three touchdowns. White, who also plays at middle linebacker, had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Far Rockaway responded quickly in the first quarter after Stevenson went up 6-0 on a 65-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Sherrard Miller to Maurice Strickland.

The Seahorses tied the game on their next possession on a touchdown by White. The senior completed another touchdown run to put Far Rockaway up 12-6 at halftime.

Wilkerson credited White as a big factor on the field and the coach also gave praise to a young offensive line for meshing together and playing well.

Far Rockaway responded again when Stevenson cut the score to 18-12 in the third quarter. The Seahorses defense held firm, and White scored the next two touchdowns to put the game away. QB Jannick Brown completed a 40- yard pass to wide receiver Roquan Conley in the fourth quarter.

Wilkerson wants his team to carry their winning momentum as the Seahorses face a tough stretch of three straight road games. Far Rockaway plays at Alfred E. Smith this Saturday at 11 a.m., and then travel to Stuyvesant and Evander Childs. Dolphins Lose Home Opener

It was a tough day for Beach Channel/Channel View in their first game in the PSAL Championship division.

Jaleel Brown and Davin Collins, each rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns to give New Utrecht a 38-6 victory last Saturday afternoon.

The Dolphins scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Breland Archbold to Nicholas Hamilton. Beach Channel will host Grand Street Campus (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Girls Soccer

The Beach Channel/Channel View girls soccer team scored four goals in the second half to get past Springfield Gardens in a 5-3 victory on Sunday, September 9. Hunter Hennessey recorded three goals, which was one more than the midfielder scored as a freshman last season.

Gabriela Martinez scored twice in her debut for the Dolphins (1-0). Beach Channel hosts Hillcrest on Sunday, September 16 at 10 a.m.

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