By Jerry Del Priore
With a team made up of mostly juniors and other underclassmen, the Canarsie Chiefs’ varsity coaching staff expected them to endure a measure of woes, due to inexperience, during the season.
Unfortunately for Canarsie (0-2), its greenness was on full display against Midwood, as it was shutout, 36-0, Friday night at Aviator Sports Complex in a PSAL City Conference game. It was the second consecutive scoreless effort for the Chiefs.
Head coach Kyle Allen said it wasn’t the team effort that led to Canarsie’s demise. Instead, the fifth-year coach said it could be a result of a number of factors, and a wholehearted effort will be put forth to remedy the poor results during the early going.
“It’s a puzzle right now that we got to try and solve,” Allen said. “I’m not sure if it’s the youth, the conditioning, the lack of numbers; I don’t know what it is, but we got to keep trying. That’s all we can do, is keep trying.
“We have a great group of kids,” he continued. “They want to work. We just got to fix what’s wrong.”
The Hornets (2-0) buzzed out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Midwood, considered a team on the rise by several NYC high school insiders, tacked on eight more points early in the second period for a 22-0 advantage.
To make matters more troublesome for the Chiefs, the Hornets returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown to stake them to a 28-0 commanding lead.
It seemingly plucked the heart out of the young Canarsie squad’s collective chest. Midwood would take advantage of the downtrodden team, capping the scoring with a TD pass and two-point conversion rush that pushed its lead to 36-0 midway through the third quarter.
While numerous of facets of the game need to be corrected, Allen did spot some glaring areas that need great improvement right away.
“We were getting beat up, up front pretty much the whole game,” Allen said of the offensive and defensive lines. “That’s what it is. We got to get stronger in the trenches. Just work harder in the weight room.” Plus, he added, “They got to grow up a little bit. We’re a little immature.”
The Chiefs return to Canarsie Saturday to face Bronx’s Dewitt Clinton at noon in its home opener.