By Jerry Del Priore
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.
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.