Vikings’ Mistake-Filled Game Leads To 19-8 Loss To Tottenville


By Jerry Del Priore

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South Shore Vikings in pre-game warmup versus Tottenville, which beat the Vikings, 19-8, Friday night at home.

South Shore surrendered a quick, long passing touchdown to the Pirates on their first defensive series of the game, putting it in an early 7-0 hole.

Vikings head coach Matt Ciquera said the team made the wrong call on defense, which left the Tottenville receiver wide open for the score. The touchdown set the tone for the tilt, as countless mistakes led to a 19-8 defeat to the Pirates in a City Conference tilt Friday night at home.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot every which way tonight…really, honestly,” Ciquera said after the game. “That’s kind of what it came down to, and the holding (penalties), obviously, aren’t going to make it easier on us. It was first and 20 every time we started a drive. It’s tough to get some momentum going.”
Tottenville extended its lead to 13-0 on a two-yard TD run early in the third quarter.
South Shore would make a game of it, however, blocking a punt, which a Pirate player kicked out of bounds at their own five-yard line, a play that should’ve been called for a penalty.
However, the refs missed the call. Not to the let the excellent field position fall by the wayside, South Shore senior quarterback Jason Martin capped the short scoring drive when he willed his hulking body into the end zone on a three-yard rushing score.
The touchdown sliced the deficit to 13-6, and the Vikings followed with a successful two-point conversion run that narrowed the gap to 13-8 early in the fourth period.

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South Shore Vikings receiver gets ready to position body for play.

With momentum seemingly shifting, South Shore’s defense failed to capitalize and stop the Tottenville express, as it marched its way down the gridiron. A 40-yard completion by Pirate signal caller Jason Feldman moved the ball to the Vikings’ 21.
The South Shore defense, though was up to the challenge, for the moment, pushing Tottenville back to the 32. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the Pirates pushed the pigskin into the red zone, setting up a 15-yard touchdown pass from Feldman that capped the scoring at 19-8 with 2:48 remaining in the game.
Not one to complain about the officiating, Ciquera did believe there was a penalty disparity.
“It constantly felt like every drive we were behind the sticks, he said. I don’t know what the total penalty yardage was, but I counted two holdings on them, and we were in double digits.”
Ciquera didn’t discounts his team’s plentiful mistakes, however, which ultimately led to its demise.
“We had a lot of dropped passes, and he (Martin) missed of couple of passes,” Ciquera explained. “We moved the ball, but didn’t finish drives.”
Though Martin only threw for 28 yards, he did rush for a game-high 175 yards with a score. Senior running back Deron Gordon amassed 111 yards on 16 carries.
Senior Giovanni Denard paced South Shore’s defense with six tackles (two for losses) and a sack.
South Shore travels to the Bronx Saturday to face Clinton for a noon affair.
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Canarsie Shutout, 32-0, By Juggernaut Erasmus


By Jerry Del Priore

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Canarsie receiver lines up on line of scrimmage, waiting for snap to start play.

The Canarsie Chiefs football squad knew they would be in an uphill battle against perennial championship contender Erasmus Hall on Saturday.

Unfortunately for Canarsie, it’s prediction came true as the Dutchmen scored quickly in the first quarter, and never let up, blowing past the Chiefs, 32-0, in a PSAL City Division game on a chilly, rainy afternoon at Sid Luckman Field.

Head coach Kyle Allen put the tilt in perspective, calling the competition arguably the top squad in the PSAL—a team in which Canarsie isn’t ready for now.

“This was the type of game, that going in, we expected it to be pretty hard on us,” Allen said. “They’re may be the best team in the city; maybe one or two (ranked), and we’re still real young. We’re unpolished, and not ready for that level of competition.”

Erasmus (7-0) widen its lead on an 11-yard touchdown run, making it 14-0, followed by the successful two-point conversion, which gave it a 16-0 advantage midway through the second period.

Down by 16 points at the half, things didn’t begin well for the Chiefs (1-6) as junior running back Johnny Watson was tackled in the end zone for a safety on the first play of the third quarter to make it an 18-0 game.

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The Canarsie Chiefs line up, waiting for kickoff versus Erasmus Hall, which beat them, 32-0, Saturday at Sid Luckman Field.

The Dutchmen extended its advantage to 26-0 on a seven-yard TD run and a two-point conversion rush with a few minutes remaining in the third quarter. 

Erasmus, with its second and third stringers inserted into the tilt, showed little mercy on Canarsie, closing out the scoring on a 30-yard touchdown rumble into the end zone midway through the fourth period.

Watson paced the Chiefs’ running game with 83 yards on 20 touches. Junior Romone Brown and sophomore Adisa Isaac made seven and six tackles, respectively. Isaac added an interception while senior Ronald Bynoe, and juniors Bencarthur Noel and Jamal Cayard all had five stops each. Noel and Bynoe recorded a sack apiece.

Canarsie hosts Brooklyn Tech Saturday at noon.

 

Week 7 PSAL Brooklyn Southeast Football Roundup


By Jerry Del Priore

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PSAL Football Hits Week 6.

With three games left to go in the PSAL regular season, Southeast Brooklyn area football teams were fiercely jockeying for the playoffs as well as positioning. Week seven action saw a spilt between the four local teams, with blowouts in three of the four tilts played.

Keep in mind that the first 12 teams make the postseason, and, currently, all teams would make it in if the season ended after the seventh week.

Here’s how the squads fared:

Tilden – 32, George Washington – 06 (Bowl Conference)

Junior Daren Dixon led the host Blue Devils (6-1) to victory over the Trojans (5-2) with 128 yards on 17 touches with three touchdowns Saturday night.

Senior Nimar Roach and freshman Rene Duffault each found rushing pay dirt for Tilden. Senior Eddon Gordon had an impressive defensive game, registering 10 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the win.

The Blue Devils currently sit in sixth place with 442 Power Points.

Next: Tilden travels to Grady Saturday for a noon matchup.

Truman – 50, Thomas Jefferson – 14 (Bowl Conference)

The Orange Wave’s trip to the Bronx wasn’t so kind to it as its defense surrendered 376 yards of offense and it lost by 36 points to the Mustangs (7-0) Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Jefferson (4-3) is currently in eight place with 327 Power Points.

Next: The Orange Wave visits McKee/Staten Island Tech Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

James Madison – 36, Grady – 0 (Bowl Conference)

The Golden Knights (4-3) pitched a shutout, and they scored more than enough points (36) to help trounce the Falcons (1-6) at home Friday afternoon.

James Madison presently sits in tenth place with 254 Power Points.

Next: The Golden Knights host Jamaica Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Eagle Academy for Young Men II – 18, Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex – 12 (Bowl Conference)

The game was tied at 12 at the end of the third quarter. But the Eagles found the end zone in the fourth period to propel them to triumph over FJMEC Saturday at Boys & Girls High School.

Moreover, the Sharks (3-4) are tied for twelfth place with Jamaica with 241 power points, with the possibility of the playoffs hanging in the balance with the regular campaign winding down.

Next: FJMEC hosts Lafayette Saturday at noon at Sheepshead Bay High School Field.

Canarsie Chief Defense Falters In 44-27 Loss To Wagner


By Jerry Del Priore

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Junior wide receiver Calvin Hutchinson bolts out for play in  44-27 loss to Flushing Saturday at home.

The Canarsie Chiefs’ football game against Wagner began well with the team scoring first on a Johnny Watson rushing touchdown after stopping Wagner on its first possession.

But the Falcons ran a kickoff back on the ensuing drive, and things spiraled down from there as the defense surrendered 331 yards and six touchdowns in Canarsie’s 44-27 PSAL City Conference defeat Saturday at home.

Head coach Kyle Allen attributed the loss, in part, to the team’s inability to handle adversity and concentration when the going got tough.

“We scored first, and then kicked the ball off and they ran it back and got the conversion, and it’s 8-7,” Allen said. “And everybody starts panicking. It’s not only the adversity – it’s staying focused and making plays when we need to.”

Moreover, Allen said one thing he needs more of is a better performance from the defensive line, which was victimized all day, and didn’t display the same type of effective play in past tilts this season.

“Up front our D-line got pushed around today,” he said. “There was no presence, no pressure. What we saw in the last few weeks – they were in the backfield, disrupting plays, had sacks, forced fumbles – none of that happened today.

“We scored 27 points against a good team, but we gave up 44,” the fifth-year coach added. “When you score 27 points, you’re supposed to win.”

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Canarsie wideout waits for snap.

On the bright side, however, the Chiefs proved they could run the ball effectively, as they amassed a total of 287 yards with four touchdowns.

Junior running back Watson rumbled for his second straight 200-yard contest with a game-high 205 yards with three scores. Tymel Mabry, another junior, hit pay dirt on a fumble recovery in the backfield, which he picked up and proceeded to bolt for a touchdown to end the game.

Junior Jamel Cayard led Canarsie’s defense with 11 tackles while sophomore Adisa Isaac and junior Bencarthur Noel had seven stops each.

Canarsie travels to Sid Luckman Field Saturday at noon to face Erasmus Hall Campus.

South Shore Vikings’ Dramatics Against Flushing Give Football Team Fifth Straight Win


By Jerry Del Priore

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Brooklyn’s South Shore Vikings take a knee when a teammate is temporally down with injury during Friday Night’s 24-18 home win over Flushing.

The South Shore Vikings varsity football team have assumed the role of the cardiac kids this season.

Three of the five games they’ve won this year have come via comebacks, including Friday night’s 24-18 PSAL City Conference home victory over Flushing (2-4). It was the Vikings fifth consecutive win.  

After trailing the Red Devils, 18-16, South Shore quarterback Jason Martin threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior Deron Gordon with 5:34 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the team ahead. A successful two-point trick pass play by senior Barrington Clarke to receiver Giovanni Denard capped the scoring.

The Viking defense clamped down late in the affair, and their offense ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Though grateful South Shore continued its winning ways, head coach Matt Ciquera said he would breathed a lot easier if his boys weren’t putting themselves in the position to come from behind so often.

“It feels good to be 5-1. I would just say the way we played tonight, doesn’t feel so great,” Ciquera explained. “I think we could’ve beat this team a little bit easier than we made it, having to score on a last minute, fourth quarter drive again.

“We’ve been lucky to pull the rabbit out of the hat,” he continued. “Thankfully, they’ve been resilient, but I would be happier if we kind of handle our business and didn’t put ourselves in that situation.”

The Vikings came out flat in the first half, falling behind, 12-8, going into the locker room. South Shore’s coaching staff, though, made the necessary adjustments during halftime, and the squad surged ahead, 16-12, midway through the third period.

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South Shore senior quarterback Jason Martin heads to sideline before play

The Red Devils struck quickly on a wide receiver screen touchdown pass to reclaim the lead at 18-16 early in the fourth quarter.

Not to be outdone, however, Martin shined when it mattered most, helping to complete yet another thrilling comeback.

The senior dual-threat signal caller rang up three TDs—two in the air to go with a total of 115 passing yards and one on the ground. Sophomore Frankie Cullum paced the Vikings’ running game with 62 yards on 13 carries while Gordon and Clarke each pulled down a TD reception.

Sophomore Hubert Simon and senior Matthew McGill led the Viking defense with seven and six tackles, respectively, and registered two sacks apiece.

The third place Vikings host ninth ranked Tottenville Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

 

Week 6 PSAL Football Local Southeast Brooklyn Area Roundup


By Jerry Del Priore

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PSAL Football Hits Week 6.

It’s that time of year again, when PSAL football teams kick it up a notch in an attempt to stake their claims for the playoffs. For three of the four local Southeast Brooklyn squads, their chances for the postseason improved as they came away victorious in their respective games.

Here’s how the clubs fared in Week 6:

Tilden – 24, Jamaica – 13 (Bowl Conference)

The Blue Devils ran their record to 5-1, literally, with 367 yards on the ground on their way to a 24-13 win over Jamaica (2-4) Saturday at home.

Junior Damian Placide gained 107 yards and picked up a touchdown and senior Jordan Woodard followed with 106 and a TD rush, plus a touchdown reception, to go along with an interception on defense.

Quarterback Nimar Roach threw for a score, and senior Eddon Gordon recorded six tackles and two sacks on defense.

Jefferson – 32, Lafayette – 0 (Bowl Conference)

Thomas Jefferson (4-2) posted 337 yards and its defense played impressively in its shutout win over Lafayette (0-6) Saturday at home.

Senior signal caller Olatundo J. Bruin went to the air for 87 yards and two touchdown passes.

The Orange Wave’s ground attack was in full force against the Patriots as running back Dwight Adams ran for 119 yards with a TD while junior Zabian Morton picked up 90 and a score in the win. Junior Randall Mathis collared a touchdown toss.

Adams registered 12 tackles to lead the Orange Wave’s defense. Sophomore Dylan George chipped in with eight stops and a fumble recovery while Junior Abraham Rodriguez pounced on a fumble and returned it for six points.

Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex – 34, Stuyvesant – 6 (Bowl Conference)

The Sharks (3-3) ran roughshod over Stuyvesant (1-5), to the tune of 327 yards in their blowout victory Saturday at home.

Senior Matthew Agard (113) and sophomore Aaron Adams (103) combined for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Dominick Mclune and Senior Collin Smith Aiken added running TDs of their own.

On defense, Titus Leo made 12 tackles, picked off two passes, and had a fumble recovery to complete an impressive tilt.

McKee – 46, Madison – 22 (Bowl Conference)

The Seagulls (5-1), on the strength of their ground game, used big second and third quarters to blow past the Golden Knights Saturday on Staten Island in PSAL Football competition.

McKee compiled 361 rushing yards, with running backs Dustin Rubenstein (92) and Nicolas Macri (90) leading the way with two scores apiece for the home team.

Junior Matthew Melbourne ran for a game-high 101 yards for Madison (3-3).

Week 5 PSAL Local Area Football Roundup


By Jerry Priore

vikingsWith the 2016 PSAL football past the midway mark, local teams started to separate themselves from the pack, battling for league prominence with three of the four squads picking up important wins in its respective games.

Here’s how the clubs fared:

South Shore – 24, New Dorp –  8 (City Conference)

Senior signal caller Jason Martin ran for two touchdowns, and sophomore Ivancile Jules recovered a fumble for a score to help lead the Vikings (4-1) to a 16-point victory over New Dorp Friday night at home.

South Shore handed the Central Cougars (4-1) its first defeat of the season. The Vikings currently sit in third place in their division with 628 power points.

Tilden – 44, John Adams – 20 (Bowl Conference)

The Blue Devils ran out to a 22-6 half time lead, and didn’t let up on the Spartans in the second half, scoring another 22 points to distance themselves from the competition for the lopsided victory.

Tilden (4-1) presently holds the ninth spot in its conference with 197 power points.

Thomas Jefferson – 36, Christopher Columbus Campus – 6 (Bowl Conference)

Senior quarterback Olatundo J. Bruin connected on five of seven passes for 112 yards and a TD to help pace the Orange Wave (3-2) to triumph Saturday at home. He also ran for a contest-high 81 yards.

Juniors Ralik McPherson and Zabin Morton rushed for 71 and for 51 yards, respectively, with a touchdown each.

Thomas Jefferson is currently in seventh place in its division with 251 power points.

Harry S, Truman – 38, James Madison – 18 (Bowl Conference)

The Mustangs (5-0) compiled 348 yards of offense against host Madison’s defense en route to a dominate 20-point win Sunday.

Senior Ramon Jefferson did the damage on the ground versus the Golden Knights (3-2) with 174 yards, and found pay dirt three times while senior quarterback Justin Harris threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

Madison is in the eight slot in its conference with 247 power points.

Canarsie Football Teams Enjoy Big Weekend Over FDR


By Jerry Del Priore

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Canarsie Chiefs JV receiver gets ready for play against FDR Cougars Sunday at New Utrecht HS field, a 34-0 win.

It was an outstanding weekend for the Canarsie Chiefs football program as both varsity and junior varsity squads crushed Franklin D. Roosevelt over the weekend in their respective games at New Utrecht High School.

The varsity Chiefs (1-4) began the weekend by annihilating the Cougars, 41-26, Saturday in City Conference tilt while the JV team followed suit by routing FDR, 34-0, Sunday on the road.
Head coach Kyle Allen was pleased his squads’ performance, especially its running game. The triumph has Allen feeling hopeful again.
“Our offense finally came to life, put up 41 points, and ran the ball really well,” Allen said Sunday after JV’s win. “Hopefully, we can take that momentum into next week. We got a big one with Wagner. If we can upset Wagner, that gives us power points, where we’re back into the playoff hunt. We’ll see what happens the rest of the season.”
Canarsie amassed 493 yards of offense, with 444 coming via the ground attack. Junior running back Johnny Watson led the charge with a breakout game, rumbling for 280 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns. 

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Canarsie Chiefs JV receiver gets ready for play against FDR Cougars Sunday at New Utrecht HS field, a 34-0 win.

Additionally, junior quarterback Eric Anderson threw for a TD and added two rushing scores while senior receiver Akeem King reeled in a 49-yard touchdown reception against the Cougars (0-5).
Not to be outdone by the higher level, the JV Chiefs (2-2) jumped out to a commanding 26-0 halftime lead. For good measure, Canarsie tacked on another eight points to distance themselves from FDR (1-2) in the second half for the easy victory.
JV head coach Robert Palmer believes that his football newbies got a big morale lift from the lopsided win over FDR, and it’s something that can inspire the squad going forward.
“I think this was a good confidence booster for all the new kids. For half my O (offensive) line, this is like their second week of ever playing organized football,” Palmer explained. “But we have a lot of potential here. Hopefully we can grow from it.”
The varsity Chiefs host Wagner Saturday at noon while Canarsie JV takes on Wagner’s younger squad Sunday at home at 11:00 a.m.

Canarsie Football Drops Fourth Straight in Tough Fashion to Grand Street


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Head Coach Kyle Allen shots instructions from sidelines in 21-0 shutout defeat Sunday at Canarsie High School field.

The Canarsie Chiefs varsity football team was in their game against Grand Street Campus, going toe to toe with the opposition for two and half quarters.

But then came the pivotal play, with the tilt tied, in which junior Calvin Hutchinson failed to scoop up a Wolves’ fumbled screen pass and run it in for a score early in the third quarter. Much to Canarsie’s dismay, Grand Street recovered the ball at its own 43. The Wolves proceeded to score on that drive, on their way to a 21-0 shutout of the Chiefs (0-4) Sunday at home in a City Conference game.

“The score did not indicate how close that game was,” head coach Kyle Allen said in all earnest. “But that third quarter scoop and score that we missed, that was our opportunity right there, because we had them on the ropes. Then we had to deviate from our game plan, and play from behind, which we’re really not good at.”

Though Allen said surrendering the first TD to Grand Street (3-1) changed the course of the game, he was nonetheless proud of his troops, who, he said, played extremely hard against last season’s PSAL Champions.

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Head Coach Kyle Allen shots instructions from sidelines in 21-0 shutout defeat Sunday at Canarsie High School field.

“We played two and half quarters of excellent football, and a quarter and half of just depleted football,” the fifth-year coach said. “That’s the best way to put it. But the kids played their hearts out. I’m proud of them. This was a lose that didn’t feel so bad.”

Grand Street scored its second touchdown of the day, this time on a 13-yard touchdown rush to increase its lead to 14-0 midway through the third period.

The Wolves closed out the scoring when senior quarterback Christophe Mattocks completed an eight-yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Canarsie faces Franklin D. Roosevelt Saturday at noon at New Utrecht High School.