By Jerry Del Priore
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.
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.