By Jerry Del Priore
With a short roster of approximately 30 players to begin with, and the PSAL suspending four due to last week’s brawl with Truman, Canarsie didn’t have much room for error if it wanted to beat juggernaut Erasmus Hall Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs (1-2), their lack of depth showed, as the gifted Dutchmen (3-0) squad outplayed the home team in every facet of their City Division game Saturday afternoon, winning, 42-0.
Part of the offensive trouble Canarsie displayed was due to the suspension of its center, plus his backup was out with a broken ankle suffered during practice two weeks ago, head coach Kyle Allen said.
Therefore, the Chiefs were forced to use a linebacker at center who had never snapped the ball before in a tilt.
In addition, Canarsie had another linebacker playing out of position at backside tackle, and one of its best receivers, Elijah Lewis was suspended due to the fight.
With all that occurred, head coach Kyle said that his Chiefs played with E-Hall for much of the first half. Canarsie even had a chance to score in the second quarter, but senior quarterback Sameer Akesson threw an interception in enemy territory that thwarted its offensive threat.
“We played with about 27 today,” Allen told BrooklynSportsWorld.com after the game. “We can’t afford to miss many players, especially against a team like that, in which they’re heavily talented. I’ve seen better all-around E-Hall teams, but they’re just loaded with a lot individual talent. And that individual talent can make plays.”
To that end, the Chiefs trailed the Dutchmen, 20-0, going into the locker room.
With several Canarsie players seeing action on both sides of the gridiron, it was obvious that they were running out of gas as the tilt dragged on.
Erasmus scored a four-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and tacked on a 32-yard rushing scamper while punching in a two-point run to widen its margin at 35-0 late in the third period.
Even when the Dutchmen were making mistakes (two penalties on the same drive), they were able to erase them with a 45-yard touchdown screen pass that capped the scoring at 42-0 with a little over four minutes remaining in the affair.
Though the Chiefs were blown out, Allen said that they are moving forward and facing a team next who’s pretty much evenly match with them, in a must-win situation for both squads.
“We have New Utrecht next week and they’re a well-coached team, and have a great offense line,” the sixth-year coach explained. “Those guys always give us trouble, win or lose. It’s a big game for both programs. They got to win, we got to win. So, it’s going to be slugfest.”
The Canarsie-New Utrecht game will take place Sunday, October 1 at 11;00 a.m. at Lafayette High School field.