By Jerry Del Priore
From the beginning of football training camp to its trip upstate, all the way up until the first kickoff of the season Friday afternoon at Brooklyn Tech Field, you could feel the positive vibes permeating throughout the entire Canarsie squad.
The Chiefs used that mojo, along with their potent offense and four Engineer turnovers, to rip off 18 unanswered points en route to a 24-6 dismantling of Brooklyn Tech on opening day in City Conference action.
As for past teams, head coach Kyle Allen credits this year’s Canarsie squad’s absolute dedication to winning and its cohesiveness for helping it start the season on a positive note – something he believes will continue – while maintaining its game-by-game approach.
“They’re a lot more organized, a lot more discipline, and a lot more together,” Allen said after the game. “Everybody is on the same page, and we’re not setting expectations beyond that particular week. So we’re taking it week by week, and we’re going drive it to the wheels fall off.”
Senior tailback Palyte Stubbs opened up the scoring on a 31-yard touchdown run to stake the Chiefs to a 6-0 advantage in the first quarter.
After the Engineers fumbled the kickoff deep in their own territory, senior quarterback Damario Spalding connected with senior receiver Darius Lancaster on a nine-yard TD reception, extending Canarsie’s advantage to 12-0 late in the first period.
The Chiefs (1-0) tacked on another score when senior running back Shawn Cabbell found pay dirt with the team’s third rushing score of the day, swelling its lead to 18-0 with minutes to go in the second quarter.
Brooklyn Tech (0-1) responded with a touchdown – a 22-yard run by sophomore Michael Marcovici – of its own to cut the deficit to 18-6 near the end of the first half.
Canarsie answered back, however, early in the third period on a Spalding 23-yard scamper into the end zone to regain its 18-point advantage.
Up by a sizable margin, the Chiefs resorted to its killer ground game and solid defense the rest of the way to seal the victory.
Though Canarsie played extremely well, Allen, who didn’t discount his team’s impressive performance, did feel they could have scored more.
“I’m upset with the fact that we didn’t punch in more points,” he matter-of-factly said. “We are a lot better than people give us credit for.”
The Chiefs will get its chance to prove just how good they are as they travel to New Utrecht Saturday, September 12 for a noon tilt.