By Jerry Del Priore
The Canarsie Chiefs looked to begin the 2017 PSAL football season on a high note. But three curcial turnovers cost the squad dearly, as the Fort Hamilton Tigers shut them out, 22-0, in a City Conference game Saturday at Fort Hamilton field.
The Chiefs’ first turnover took place in the first half. After the Canarsie offense effectively moved the football down field, senior quarterback Sameer Ackerson threw an interception, which was returned for a touchdown. Fort Hamilton (1-0) followed it up with a successful two-point conversion to give it an 8-0 lead.
The Chief’s defense looked good out of the gate in the third quarter, forcing the Tigers to boot the ball away. But a fumble on the ensuing punt gave the pigskin right back to Fort Hamilton.
The Tigers proceeded to move the ball to Canarsie’s three and scored on a TD run that swelled their advantage to 14-0 late in the third period.
After recovering a fumble in their own territory, Fort Hamilton marched the ball down the gridiron and capped the scoring a one-yard quarterback keeper and successful two-point conversion near the end of the contest for a 22-0 finish.
Although coach Kyle Allen said the Chiefs (0-1) had a good preseason, he chalked up the mistakes to a poor week of practice, in which several student-athletes either showed up late to practices or not at all.
“We had a pretty bad week of practice after having a really good preseason,” Allen explained. “The difference between having a good preseason and actual game week is your putting in your specific game plane for that particular opponent, and you tweak things.
“So, when the kids aren’t there to see what we tweaked before the game, that creates a problem,” he continued. “Then they’re coming in and are confused about the things that we changed.”
The Chiefs host Harry S. Truman, who have moved up from the Bowl Conference, in their home opener Saturday, September 16th at noon.