By Jerry Del Priore
Underdogs prevailed in the first round of Bowl Conference postseason play Sunday.
With the third-ranked South Shore Vikings earning a bye in the first round of the City Division playoffs, the attention turned to the local teams in the lower division for the action. And the games didn’t disappoint the fans in attendance one bit, as both teams played tightly contested contests, with the lower seeds coming out on top in the end.
Here are how the area squads fared:
Madison – 18, Eagle II Academy –14 (Bowl Conference)
In what many PSAL football insiders considered an upset, tenth-seeded James Madison edged No. 7 Eagle II Academy (6-4), 18-14, at Boy & Girls High School Field.
Junior quarterback Alan Zhenilenko connected on three of five attempts for 39 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Jatelle Wicher rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown while senior William Harris returned a kickoff to the house accounting for one of three scores for the Golden Knights.
On defense, senior Greg Jean-Poix and junior Cnique King registered 11 tackles apiece, with Jean-Poix picking up a sack in the Madison (6-4) victory. Junior Dujour Deshong contributed with 10 stops of his own.
The Golden Knights visit Staten Island Sunday at 12 p.m. to play No. 2 McKee/Staten Island Tech in the quarterfinals.
Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex (Sheepshead Bay) – 14, Tilden – 6
The seventh-seeded visiting Sharks defeated sixth-seeded Tilden, 14-6, in the other narrow contest.
FJM (6-4) shut down the Blue Devils’ passing game, allowing a measly 13 yards in the air.
Tilden (7-3) senior running back/quarterback Jordan Woodward was responsible for his squad’s lone score, a 29-yard rushing touchdown.
The Sharks will travel to the Bronx to square off against top-seeded Truman Sunday at noon in the quarterfinals.