South Shore Vikings Nab Neighborhood Bragging Rights Trophy with 25-0 Domination of Canarsie Chiefs


By Jerry Del Priore

From the opening kickoff, everything went right for South Shore, and wrong for the Chiefs, as they failed to field the football, giving the Vikings momentum, and a short field to work with.

South Shore (8-0) took advantage of the good field position by scoring a touchdown a few plays later. From there, the Viking steamrolled Canarsie, 25-0, Friday night at home, laying claim to neighborhood gridiron supremacy.

 South Shore hoists  neighborhood bragging rights trophy after dismantling the Chiefs, 25-0, Friday night at home

South Shore hoists neighborhood bragging rights trophy after dismantling the Chiefs, 25-0, Friday night at home

“It’s great. We knew this was a big rivalry game,” South Shore head coach Matt Ciquera said. “So, we definitely wanted to finish our last home game with a win, and stay undefeated at home this year.”

It was the second straight bragging rights trophy victory for the Vikings since the bitter rivalry was restored last season, a game in which they beat Canarsie, 22-6.

As far being unbeaten through eight games, Ciquera kept the season in perspective.

“I’m very proud of what we accomplished so far,” he said. “But we realize we have two test to go, and then we got to sit back and see how things fall in terms of seeding for the playoffs. So, we got to stay humble, and keep working hard, like we say at the end of one of these every week. Got to keep that consistent with these guys, and I feel like we’ll be able to do some good things with this group.”

Dynamic senior running back Omar Jarrett handed South Shore a 6-0 lead on a 25-yard rushing touchdown early in the first quarter.

In what proved to be a huge play in the tilt, junior quarterback Jason Martin eluded the Chiefs’ defense, and found pay dirt on a two-yard run that increased the Vikings’ advantage to 12-0 at the end of the first half.

Even when South Shore made a mistake, it didn’t hurt them. Martin fumbled near the goal line but a Vikings player recovered the muff in the end zone for the touchdown and 18-0 lead. The ensuing extra point gave South Shore a commanding 19-0 advantage early in the third period.

Canarsie (3-5) did have its chance to score, but a questionable fumble at the Vikings’ 10 thwarted its threat. It was a

Vikings wideout eyes open gridiron before him.

Vikings wideout eyes open gridiron before him.

microcosm of what went wrong for the Chiefs in the game, head coach Kyle Allen noted.

“They got the momentum early. We got some things going at points in the game, but then we fumbled the ball, and turned it over,” Allen lamented. “When they fumbled, we didn’t recover—things like that. It is what it is.”

Jarrett roared in from the 20-yard line to cap the scoring at 25-0.

Canarsie visits Staten Island’s Tottenville Friday at 7:00 p.m., while South Shore travels to Brooklyn Tech Saturday at noon.

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Chiefs Edge Curtis With Gutsy 20-18 Performance


Canarsie tailback Palyte Stubbs sheds tackle for positive yardage.

Canarsie tailback Palyte Stubbs sheds tackle for positive yardage.

By Jerry Del Priore

Canarsie head football coach Kyle Allen told his players, particularly the seniors, that it was gut check time. If they wanted to stay relevant in the PSAL City Conference playoff hunt, this was the time to go all out, and leave it all on the field. They might not get another crack at football in the future, so what better time than the present?

With that in mind, the Chiefs (3-4) went out and put forth one of their grittiest, complete efforts of the year, outlasting the Warriors, 20-18, Saturday at home.

“I spoke to them all week long, and I told them, the 25 seniors on the team, ‘the NFL has job applications for about 300 spots a year, with about 100,000 applicants. And there’s a chance that this may be it for you with football.

“If you want to walk away from this in three weeks, then don’t play hard. So, you have to put everything on line this week,’” Allen said. “And they played for each other. So, it feels good to see the kids have that.”

Canarsie currently sits in 13th place, with 376 power points, a point out of the playoffs, with three games remaining in the regular season.

The Warriors (3-4) scored first on a 36-yard touchdown pass from junior signal caller Quincy Barnes to junior Kwannah Kollie to draw first blood at 6-0 midway through the first quarter.

The Chiefs pulled even at six on a 99-yard touchdown bomb from senior quarterback Damario Spalding to senior running back Shawn Cabbell, a Canarsie football record, with 1:43 remaining in the second half.

Chiefs senior defensive back Jesse Rivera shouts instructions to his defense.

Chiefs senior defensive back Jesse Rivera shouts instructions to his defense.

Curtis took a 12-6 lead on 47-yard rushing TD by sophomore Ty-Son Lawton midway through the third period.

But a fake punt called by senior Cyree Scott paid off as he advanced the pigskin to the Warriors’ 48 for the first down.

The Chiefs proceeded to move the ball down the field, with senior tailback Palyte Stubbs capping the drive on a 2-yard TD rush that knotted the game at 12 with 1:54 left in the third quarter.

When Canarsie needed it most, Stubbs took it upon himself again, as shed a tackler at the line, and then bolted for a 44-yard touchdown run. Lancaster followed with a nice the two-point conversion reception, making it 20-12 Chiefs early in the fourth period.

Allen called the two-point conversion pass the “play that went unnoticed that actually won the game for us, if you really think about it,” he said. “Without those two points, we’re still playing right now. You don’t know want the heck might happen.”

Not to be outdone, the Warriors responded when Kollie pulled down an 8-yard touchdown pass from Barnes to make it 20-18 with 9:00 remaining on the clock. But the Chiefs thwarted the two-point conversion toss to preserve their lead.

Curtis would make Canarsie sweat, though. After recovering the onside kick at the Chiefs’ 44, the Warriors moved the ball to the 19, after Barnes faked out senior linebacker Devonte Malone.

However, Malone would avenge himself on the next play, as he smashed through the offense line like a player possessed, and dropped Barnes for a big loss at the 28.

The rest of the drive ended in a wiper for the Warriors, as the Chiefs walked away with the thrilling victory.

Malone, who registered 15 tackles and three sacks, played fierce, inspired defensive, as learned his grandfather has cancer, and dedicated the game to him.

Senior wide receiver Darius Lancaster gets ready to go out for play.

Senior wide receiver Darius Lancaster gets ready to go out for play.

“This week, I found out my grandfather had cancer,” Malone said. “I felt like I had to do it for him and my family. I just had to play hard. It was a must-win game. I played with a lot emotion.”

Defensive back Jesse Rivera contributed eight tackles and senior Christian Scott recorded seven stops and a sack.

Offensively, Stubbs rushed for 113 yards on 11 carries with two scores while Spalding completed 10 of 24 attempts for 226 and a TD. Cabbell (four catches) and Lancaster (three catches) had 152 and 56 receiving yards, respectively.

Canarsie travels to South Shore Friday for the bragging right trophy game at 7:00 p.m.

Vikes’ High-Powered Offense Helps Football Team Stay Unbeaten With 35-13 Romp Over JFK


Just like it has for most of the season, South Shore received contributions from multiple offensive weapons, helping to propel it pass JFK, 35-13, Friday at home on senior night. The victory kept the Vikings’ undefeated record in tact in the PSAL’s City Conference.

Head coach Matt Ciquera, although South Shore hasn’t lost all season long, took the win in stride.

South Shore's coaching staff goes over game plan while break in the action.

South Shore’s coaching staff goes over game plan while break in the action.

“We just want to stay grounded. We can’t get too excited. It’s not like we just moved on to Yankees Stadium, or anything like that,” Ciquera said of playing in the Championship game. “It was a great win, business as usual. We’re just trying to make it that way. Every week, we got to come out, get the win, and move forward. We know things are going to be harder in the future. It’s not going to be easy.”

Junior signal caller Jason Martin led the Vikings’ offense—which amassed 446 yards—by completing 11 of 19 attempts for 212 yards with three touchdown passes, with seniors Michael Watson (2) and Willerm Greffin (1) on the receiving ends.

Senior running back Omar Jarrett contributed 88 yards on ten touches with two scores while senior kicker Azeez Ahmed made all five of his extra point attempts.

Defensively, Ahmed and junior Denithson Romulus recorded seven tackles each, with the latter registering a sack.

The Knights (2-5) opened the scoring early in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. But South Shore (7-0) responded when Martin connected with Watson on a receiving touchdown pass to take a 7-6 advantage late in the first period.

Martin added a 23-yard TD throw to Greffin to extend the Vikings’ advantage to 14-6 midway through the second quarter.

After a slow start in the first half, Jarrett ignited the offense when he ran over a JFK defender en route to a four-yard TD run that widened South Shore’s lead to 21-6 early in the third quarter.

Running back Omar Jarrett gets a well deserved break after a two touchdown performance in last week's 35-13 win over JFK.

Running back Omar Jarrett gets a well deserved break after a two touchdown performance in last week’s 35-13 win over JFK.

“That was the big turnaround for us,” Martin said of Jarrett’s touchdown run. “I felt like we came out, and we struggled a little bit. The offense just needed to get it going.”

Jarrett believed the Vikings needed a spark, so he took it upon himself to lead by example.

“I wanted to actually build up the energy of my team,” said Jarrett, whose brother Jaiquawn is a safety for the New York Jets. “I felt we were flat (in the first half), so I had to be active.”

Martin displayed his arm strength, and accuracy, when he hooked up with Watson on a 75-yard TD bomb, swelling South Shore’s advantage to 28-6 with 3:41 remaining in the third quarter.

Jarrett capped the Vikings’ scoring on a 25-yard touchdown bolt up the middle midway through the fourth period.

JFK did add a second score, a 28-yard run, with 0.27 left in the tilt.

Ciquera recognizes that South Shore is unbeaten through seven games against lower ranked teams. So, the coaching staff does it best to keep things in perspective while keeping the team modest. The rest, he noted, will take care of itself as the Vikings drive toward a championship goal.

South Shore receiver waits to run out for play.

South Shore receiver waits to run out for play.

“Even with the win today, our opponents only got seven combined wins as of right now,” he said. So, as a coaching staff, we’re humble right now, in terms of the teams we’ve beaten. No disrespect to anyone we’ve played, but we know we haven’t played the elites yet.

“We try to stay humble, keep the kids humble, and keep working hard. And let the chips fall where they may.”

The Vikings host Canarsie Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the neighborhood bragging rights trophy game.

Jets’ Offensive Trio, Defense Makes Strong Case for Fantasy Week 6 Considerations


By Jerry Del Priore

After a bye in week 5, the New York Jets will have a few solid, key offense players, who were coming off injuries in their previous game against the Miami Dolphins in London, entering week 6 versus the Washington Redskins even healthier.

Chris Ivory Takes Handoff.

Chris Ivory Takes Handoff.

The two particular players to which I am referring are running back Chris Ivory and wide receiver Erik Decker.

Ivory, out of action in the Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, led their offense with a breakout day versus the Dolphins, rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown in their 27-14 win over Miami.

The Redskins’ defense is presently ranked No. 12 in the NFL against the run through five games, according to NFL.com.

Plus, with New York’s offensive line playing well during the early going, it should allow Ivory to post another impressive stat line.

In addition, Decker, returning to the gridiron after missing two weeks with a knee injury, made four catches for 46 yards and a TD versus the Dolphins. Now healthy, the six-foot-three second-year Jet should be able to build on his solid day, while receiver Brandon Marshall garners most of the attention from Washington’s secondary.

Speaking of Marshall, who finished with seven receptions for 128 yards against Miami, is another receiving options for your fantasy team, if he’s not already on it (possibly acquiring him in a trade). He already has 30 receptions and 400 yards through the first four games of the season.

When was the last time New York had two receiving threats, even more than one formidable offensive player, for that matter? I can’t remember. Now, it’s your chance to benefit from the Jets’ talented trio of offensive players.

Sheldon Richardson will be against the Washington Redskins Sunday in NFL week 6.

Sheldon Richardson will be against the Washington Redskins Sunday in NFL week 6.

Looking to pick up a top defense? New York currently sits at the No. 2 spot in the NFL, and are getting All-Pro defensive end Sheldon Richardson back after serving a four-game league suspension for marijuana violations.

Richardson says he’s hungry, and now it’s feeding time. And it should be for your fantasy team as well.

Senior Triple Threat Helps Undefeated Vikings Crush Campus Magnet, 42-6, In Homecoming Game


By Jerry Del Priore

South Shore’s Willerm Greffin may be one of the best overall offensive football secrets in the PSAL, but not after his performance against the Bulldogs. The senior all-purpose player ran for a touchdown, caught a 45-yard TD pass, and ran back a 70-yard kickoff to help the Vikings annihilate Campus Magnet, 42-6, Saturday night in their homecoming game.

Quarterback Jason Martin awaits ball in shotgun position.

Quarterback Jason Martin awaits ball in shotgun position.

Head coach Matt Ciquera first realized Greffin had offensive talent as a freshman on junior varsity, when he led all players in the PSAL in points. Ciquera said he just needed to familiarize himself with the playbook, and work to create opportunities on the varsity level this season, which the fifth-year coach said he has.

Greffin currently is eight in total points in the PSAL with 48.

“We always knew he had the athleticism, and he was a talented player,” Ciquera explained. “It was just a matter of learning the playbook, and putting himself in position to make plays. So far, he’s having a great year. I definitely think he’s putting together some awesome tape in terms of being able to do multiple things: run the football, catch the football, score on special teams. So, he’s definitely one of our best weapons with the ball in his hands, no question about that.”

Greffin attributes his success to focus and preparation, helping him jump into the action at a moment’s notice—just like he was when Ciquera slotted him at quarterback after starter Jason Martin was momentarily removed from the game with a slight injury. He turned that opportunity into a 30-yard rushing touchdown on South Shore’s first drive of the tilt.

“Over the week, I had a good practice, always being there, running hard, making sure I get every play down pat,” Greffin said. “It was all about focus today. Coach always tells me to be prepared just in case Martin goes down. So, I was up, and ready to go.”

Martin stands on sideline after South Shore coaching staff gives him a break with comfortable lead.

Martin stands on sideline after South Shore coaching staff gives him a break with comfortable lead.

The Vikings (6-0) came out in the first quarter, pumped up by the raucous home crowd. It used that electricity to overpower the opposition in every facet of the game, resulting in a 22-0 lead after the first quarter.

South Shore put the contest away with 13 more points in the second period, good for a 35-0 advantage at halftime.

Junior Rafael Cordero added a touchdown on the ground, followed by the extra point for a 42-0 lead early in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs (1-5) finally broke through with a touchdown on the last play of the game.

Martin led the Viking offense to a 323-yard night, completing four of eight passes for a 102 yards with two touchdowns. Seniors Omar Jarrett, a running back, and Michael Watson, a receiver, rushed for 105 and a score and a 15-yard touchdown reception, respectively.

Senior place kicker Azeez Ahmed had a solid night, connecting on three of six extra point attempts.

South Shore hosts John F. Kennedy Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Chiefs Resuscitate Playoff Hopes With 30-14 Rout Of Boys & Girls


By Jerry Del Priore

With Canarsie on a four-game losing streak, head coach Kyle Allen said its game against Boys & Girls was a must-win if it wanted to stay in the playoff hunt in the PSAL’s City Conference, likening it to a patient on life support.

Fortunately for the Chiefs, they were able to breathe hope into its postseason aspirations, for the time being, with a 30-14 dismantling of Boys & Girls Saturday at home.

Senior linebacker Devonte Malone gets ready to lower the book on Boys & Girls quarterback Jelani Bostick Oliver.

Senior linebacker Devonte Malone gets ready to lower the boom on Boys & Girls quarterback Jelani Bostick Oliver.

“If we lost this, it’s pretty much tanked, and our season’s done,” Allen said after the game. “Most people already wrote us off. I told the kids, ‘We should be able to try to maximize the opportunity that we still had life,’ and they were able to do that this week.”

Things didn’t begin well for Canarsie, however, as it fumbled on its first drive, handing the Kangaroos a short field to work with. Boys & Girls (1-5) took advantage of the muff, and jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter.

But the Chiefs (2-4) rebounded with a safety and a touchdown to take an 8-6 lead late in the first quarter.

Canarsie added a score, with the extra point, to surge ahead, 15-6, midway through the second period. But the Kangaroos bounced back with a touchdown of their own and a two-point conversion that pulled them to 15-14 of the Chiefs late in the first half.

Canarsie’s defense took matters into its own hands in the third quarter, harassing Boys & Girls quarterback Jelani Bostick Oliver at every turn, and stuffed their run game regularly as well.

The Chiefs’ constant defensive torment paid off, as Damario Spalding and Devonte Malone both registered sacks during an important drive, forcing a Kangaroos’ fourth and 50 and a punt deep in their own territory.

With field position at Boys & Girls’ 30, Canarsie moved the ball down field, capping their scoring drive on an eight-

Canarsie tailback Palyte Stubbs runs to the outside for a short gain.

Canarsie tailback Palyte Stubbs runs to the outside for a short gain.

yard rushing TD by tailback Palyte Stubbs, for a 21-14 advantage midway through the third period.

Place kicker Ralph Foreste booted an impressive 37-yard field goal that extended the Chiefs’ lead to 24-14 with 6:08 remaining in the tilt.

Up by ten points, Malone intercepted a pass, and returned it 55 yards to end the game in triumphant fashion.

After a sluggish performance out of the gate, Allen feels the senior defensive standout seems to be hitting his stride at the right time.

“In the beginning (of the season), we all got off to a slow start,” Allen said. “He wasn’t playing up to his potential, but we lit a fire underneath him.”

Malone, who was moved from defensive line to linebacker, admitted that he wasn’t playing his best early on. But he took the time to breakdown film, and worked on the linebacker role in practice all week long in order to improve his play.

“I feel I got off to slow start. I wasn’t playing up to my full potential, and I was letting down my team,” Malone said. “I just didn’t want to lose today. I feel like my team was on the line. I just played my heart out. I have been studying all week for this.”

Chiefs senior receiver Darius Lancaster gets ready for play to commence.

Chiefs senior receiver Darius Lancaster gets ready for play to commence.

Though two games below .500, Allen believes the Chiefs are better than their record, but knows they need to back it up with much better play, something, he said, they’re capable of when it knuckles down, and limits foolish gaffes.

“We’re a whole a lot better than our record shows, and we got to show that,” he explained. “If we play together as a team, stay focused and minimize mistakes, which we made a lot of still today, we’ll be able to win games.”

Canarsie hosts Staten Island’s Curtis Saturday at noon in a tough challenge.

Brooklyn Breast Cancer Survivor Marlena Ortiz Offers Up Seven Tips to Help Trump Adversity


Whether you’re dealing with, or have dealt with, some type of misfortune in your life, it’s never easy to surmount.

But it can be accomplished if you make the effort. Take for example, Marlena Ortiz, who waged a winning battle against breast cancer at a young age.

Marlena Ortiz in a publicity shot.

Marlena Ortiz in a publicity shot.

In May of 2009, doctors diagnosed her with Stage II breast cancer. It floored Ortiz, who was only 25 at the time. Ortiz said the doctors misdiagnosed the lump on her left breast for three years—two of which were said to be due to a swollen lymph node, and an additional year as a fibroid–without ever sending her for a mammogram.

Looking for a source of motivation and optimism, the Marine Park native searched far and wide for someone her age who suffered through the same debilitating disease but couldn’t find anyone. So Ortiz decided to champion her own inspiration, and, in the process, became a positive role model for other current and former cancer patients looking for a measure of hope.

Ortiz—who founded and runs Beating Cancer in Heels, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women with cancer, in 2010—has devised a list that helped her get through her ordeal. Though huge struggles at times for her, Ortiz admitted, she believes her recommendations can be applied to almost any other traumatic situation in life, and help you come out on the other side intact.

Here’s the breast cancer survivor’s list:

Marlena Ortiz sends a clear message to cancer!!!!

Marlena Ortiz sends a clear message to cancer!!!!

  • Allow yourself to grieve.

“Grieve in the sense of overcoming something. Grieve of the loss of something,” the 32-year-old said. “You have to allow that emotion to happen. When I got sick, it was the loss of being a young adult. I had to grow up fast.”

  • Reach out for support when you’re ready.

“Speak to someone – a therapist, a group, or someone who’s been through the same thing,” emphasized Ortiz. “Look into who will really help you.

  • Be patient and kind to yourself.

“Don’t beat yourself up. Be patient with your emotions,” she said. “You don’t know how long it will take to get over your emotions.”

  • Empower yourself.

“It’s open to what you want it to be—exercise, self-help book, music, fashion, beauty.” explained Ortiz, an NYU certified life coach who uses her coaching skills to empower women during and after treatments. Beating Cancer in Heels also provides beauty workshops at cancer centers, and has a girls’ night out for its participants.

As for her own means of empowerment, Ortiz wore high heels to her treatments.

  • Stay present, and accept what you’re going through
Marlena Ortiz sporting a nice pair of heels during one of her treatments.

Marlena Ortiz sporting a nice pair of heels during one of her treatments.

.“Our worries have happened in the past,” she said. “So stay rooted in the reality so you focus on the present moment.

  • * Don’t forget to love yourself.

“Loving yourself is everything,” the Madison High School graduate said. “Because if you don’t love yourself, you don’t learn to love others, and you might miss out on the whole experience.”

  • * Express gratitude

“I always practice gratitude,” she said, adding that she has a gratitude book, and writes things down for which she’s thankful for in her life.

Ortiz, who doctors declared cancer free in 2010, has appeared on The Wendy Williams Show and in breast cancer awareness ads for Lady Footlocker and the American Cancer Society. She also writes for a local Brooklyn newspaper about her cancer experiences.

Moreover, Ortiz has been able to accomplish so much while continuing her philanthropic work.

“This gets me out of bed in the morning,” she said. “People reach out to me on how they feel they’re not alone. It’s not about me anymore. I’ve been able to be a voice for people that need it.”

For more information on Ortiz’s charity, life coaching services, or to make a donation, log onto www.beatingcancerinheels.org.

Youth Sports Take Measures for Better Concussion Management


LSU football players wear the Vector Mouthguard.

LSU football players wear the Vector Mouthguard.

It’s no secret that football is a tough sport, with the possibility of injuries ever-present, including concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when a head impact jars or rattles the brain inside the skull.

In fact, a recent study from the National Center for Injury Prevention found that approximately 47 percent of high school football players say they suffered a concussion each season, with around 37 percent of those reporting multiple concussions in a year.

But according to the American College of Sports Medicine, some 85 percent of sports-related concussions go undiagnosed.

While it’s difficult to prevent concussions from occurring, even with a helmet, which is designed to protect the skull, not brain, there are some measures that can be taken to improve the safety of young athletes.

First and foremost, only medical staff can diagnose a concussion, not a coach. Therefore, it’s paramount to have qualified doctors and trainers schooled in concussion safety present at games.

The NYC Public School Athletic League requires medical personnel to be at every football game played during the season. In addition, as of July 2012, New York State mandated that all PSAL coaches, regardless of sport, must be certified in concussion management.

This is vital because statistics indicate that roughly 33 percent of all sports concussions happen during practice. But it’s not economically feasible for high schools to have medical personnel at every practice. So it’s important for coaches to recognize the symptoms, which include loss of consciousness, drowsiness, confusion, headache, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision and loss of memory of events surrounding the injury.

Moreover, medical experts believe that erring on the side of caution, plus have an accredited medical professional evaluate the athletes are the best course of actions to take.

However, concussions are often difficult to identify and can impact athletes’ current and future health status. That’s were i1 Biometrics–a Kirkland, Washington-based cutting edge technology company focused on sports, military markets, and wearable tech–comes into play. i1 Biometrics has developed the Vector Mouthguard, a state-of-the-art mouthpiece that utilizes embedded microscopic technologies that accurately measure the impacts and accelerations a player’s brain experiences during play.

The highly accurate data is then transmitted to sideline personnel, who use a computer or smartphone to measure every player’s head impact level, with individual thresholds, said Jesse Harper, President and CEO of i1 Biometrics. But he also believes it can lead to better coaching techniques that will hopefully prevent less head-on collisions, resulting in less head traumas.

“With the data you’re able to see what occurred, where in the head the (hit) occurred, and how hard, in real time,” Harper explained. Plus, “You’re able to detect a player’s hitting technique habits in-game. This should lead coaches to teach players better hitting techniques.”

But i1 Biometrics isn’t the only one taken measures to reduce the severity of concussions, even incidents.

In 2009, Washington State enacted the Zackery Lystedt Law, named after then-13-year-old middle school football player Zackery Lystedt, who collapsed from a traumatic brain injury when he was allowed back into a game just 15 minutes after suffering a concussion.

Washington became the first state in the nation to pass a comprehensive youth sports concussion safety law. The law requires certain provisions be upheld in order to hit the field, including the prohibition of youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion from returning to play or practice without a licensed health-care provider’s approval.

Lystedt spent the next nine months in a coma, and even today is still confined to a wheelchair.

Presently, all 50 states have some form of youth sports concussion safety law in place. But the Lystedt family is taking it one step further, hoping to drive the law to the US Congress and make it federal one day.

For our student-athletes and families’ sake, let’s hope it comes to fruition as soon as possible

JV Football Chiefs Take Down JFK, 14-6, At Home


Sophomore Quarterback Johnny Watson eludes JFK defenders for nice gain in Canarsie's 14-6 win Saturday at home.

Sophomore Quarterback Johnny Watson eludes JFK defenders for nice gain in Canarsie’s 14-6 win Saturday at home.

By Jerry Del Priore

Things didn’t begin well for the Junior Varsity Canarsie football team, as John F. Kennedy marched down the field, capping its first drive with an eight-yard rushing touchdown for a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

But the Chiefs (4-1) regrouped, and didn’t allow a single point the rest of the way while picking up two scores of their own in a 14-6 win over the Knights (0-3) Saturday at home. It was Canarsie’s fourth straight victory.

Head Coach Robert Palmer believes his boys showed a measure of mettle with top running back Calvin Hutchison on the sidelines with bruised ribs.

“That was a big win, because we were down a running back,” Palmer said after the game. “But we just pulled through. That was a loss (without Hutchison), but the guys got behind each other, something they’ve been doing all year.”

Freshman Evens DeLouis found pay dirt to tie the game at six, with sophomore quarterback Johnny Watson running into the end zone for the successful two-point conversion and 8-6 advantage late in the first half.

Canarsie’s defense came up big in the third period when freshman Chris Jean Philippe made a nice open field tackle, causing a fumble, which he quickly pounced on.

After the Chiefs recovered another muff, they moved the football down the gridiron, with sophomore Eric Anderson punching the ball in for a rushing score, extending their lead to 14-6 late in the contest.

Canarsie’s defense clamped down once again, with Watson recording a key sack at the Chiefs’ 45 yard line before the team put the contest to bed for good in the waning seconds.

Canarsie defender lines up with JFK receiver.

Canarsie defender lines up with JFK receiver.

Palmer feels, while varsity is struggling, the structural change with both teams practicing together will build a positive future for the Chiefs’ overall football program.

“We’re basing the whole philosophy around here that it’s a whole program,” he explained. “So, if these kids are executing our plays, our philosophy on offense and defense, and their doing it now, hopefully it’s going to keep growing, and moving forward.”

JV Canarsie returns to action as it hosts Boys & Girls Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Vikings Trample Thomas Jefferson, 36-2, In Rain Soaked Football Game


South Shore Vikings line up for play in 36-2 victory over Thomas Jefferson Friday night at Thomas Jefferson High School field.

South Shore Vikings line up for play in 36-2 victory over Thomas Jefferson Friday night at Thomas Jefferson High School field.

Jerry Del Priore

Thomas Jefferson scored the first points of Friday night’s tilt on a safety early in the first quarter. For a moment, Vikings head coach Matt Ciquera thought the inclement weather could play a factor in a possible upset, especially with the absence of star quarterback Jason Martin, who was out with a slight leg injury.

But South Shore got on track, scoring 16 unanswered points in the first period en route to a 36-2 drubbing of the Orange Wave (0-5) in City Conference action at Thomas Jefferson High School Field.

“It was a question of the weather,” Ciquera said. “Like (if) the weather was going to be that ridicules, that sometimes offense becomes impossible when the weather is that bad? But once we scored, it gave us confidence.”

After two defensive scores, senior Deandre Campbell punched in a 12-yard rushing touchdown to extend the Vikings lead to 22-2 with 4:26 remaining in the second quarter.

South Shore (5-0) cashed in on another fumble when junior Kavan Gordon pounced on the pigskin, and proceed to rumble into the end zone for the score, increasing the advantage to 28-2 late in the first half.

Refusing the let up, the Vikings recovered the muffed kickoff at the Orange Wave’s 30 to open the second half. They quickly went to work, capping the drive and scoring on a three-yard TD run by junior Armand Robinson, followed by the successful two-point conversion for a 34-point lead early in the third period.

Ciquera said his decision to sit Martin for backup Willerm Greffin was more precautionary than anything, and he would only play if the dire need arose.

South Shore receiver gets ready for snap.

South Shore receiver gets ready for snap.

“Because of the wet turf, and we felt we had enough without him tonight, that we decided that it was in everybody’s best interest to come out in the first half, and see how things went,” he explained. “If everything was going well, and we had a lead going into the second half, we decided we were going to shelf him for the whole game. If it had been a battle in the second half, we probably would’ve let him play. But because he was nursing a minor injury, and we were winning, I felt it was best not to let him dress tonight.”

South Shore’s stingy defense only allowed 12 yards of offense the entire game, and recovered four fumbles.

The Vikings host Campus Magnet Saturday at 7:00 p.m.