By Jerry Del Priore
The second round of the playoffs saw area teams experience brutal losses by enormous margins, ending their seasons in hard-to-watch fashion Sunday in the Bowl Division quarterfinals.
Nonetheless, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex all enjoyed solid campaigns and can hopefully build on their success for next year.
Here is the breakdown of the games:
Lehman – 51, Thomas Jefferson – 0 (Bowl Conference)
Thomas Jefferson’s productive season came to a screeching halt Sunday as the No. 3 Lions pummeled them, 51-0, in the quarterfinals at Evander Childs High School Field in the Bronx.
The eighth-seeded Orange Wave (6-5) quickly fell behind 16-0 in the first quarter, and the Lions (9-1) poured it on in the second period, scoring an additional 14 points to take a commanding 30-0 going into the locker rooms.
Lehman continued its assault on Thomas Jefferson with three more touchdowns in the second half to complete the beat down.
Trumann – 40, Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Complex (Sheepshead Bay) – 12 (Bowl Conference)
Top-seeded Truman (9-1) trampled the seventh-ranked Sharks (6-5), 40-12, Sunday in the quarterfinals in the Bronx.
McKee/Staten Island Tech – 50, James Madison (Bowl Conference)
The tenth-seeded Golden Knights didn’t fare any better in their game versus No. 2 MSIT (9-1), as they suffered a 44-point rout at the hands of the Seagulls Sunday in the quarterfinals on Staten Island.
Madison (6-5) fell in a deep hole after trailing, 28-6, in the first period. The Golden Knights never recovered from the 22-point deficit, as MSIT’s potent ground attack amassed 417 yards and five scores in the tilt.
Senior running back Trance Ravenell ran for a game-high 179 yards for the Seagulls.
Junior running back Jatelle Wilcher was the lone bright spot for Madison as he rushed for 118 yards on 14 touches with a touchdown, a 74-yard touchdown run.