By Jerry Del Priore
Needing to play crisp, clean football, the Canarsie Chiefs did anything but that, as it committed three turnovers, numerous penalties, and several bad snaps pretty much all game long. Couple that with an uninspiring effort, and you have a disastrous recipe for Canarsie, as Flushing thrashed its opponent, 33-8, at its home-coming game at Flushing Memorial High School Field Saturday afternoon.
While losing is one thing, head coach Kyle Allen was bothered more so by the Chiefs’ spiritless effort and lack of killer instinct, which yielded hope and confidence for the Red Devils, he noted.
“I am very bothered by the effort. We had opportunities to get them down in the first half,” Allen told www.BrooklynSportsWorld.com after the game. “But when you don’t capitalize on opportunities, you give a team new life, that needs to win; they needed that win. If they would’ve lost that game, their season would’ve been over.”
In a microcosm of the way it play, Canarsie (3-3) drove the pigskin down field, only to fumble the football inside its own five-yard line in the first offensive possession of the tilt.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, junior Adisa Isaac recorded a safety to give the squad an early 2-0 lead.
To make matters more frustrating, Canarsie got flagged on the ensuing kickoff return, negating a great run-back in the first quarter.
However, the Chiefs managed to go up 8-0 when senior quarterback Sameer Akesson bolted for a 65-yard touchdown scamper midway through the second half.
Much to Canarsie’s chagrin, Flushing (3-3) responded shortly afterward, on a 39-yard TD pass and an extra point that narrowed the gap at 8-7.
After the Red Devils forced the Chiefs to punt, two downs later, it surrendered another big play—this time a 38-yard touchdown run that put them behind, 13-8, with 1:12 left in the first half.
Canarsie’s defense was victimized by the big play yet again, as it gave up a 54-yard rushing score that extended Flushing’s lead to 19-8 in the early in the third period.
Another Red Devil rushing TD in the third quarter and one more score in the fourth put the contest out of reach for the Chiefs.
Watson led Canarsie’s ground attack with 208 yards on 14 carries, while Akesson had 128 on 11 touches.
Isaac enjoyed a solid game on defense, registering five tackles, two for losses, a sack and a safety. Seniors Davidson Charles and Eric Anderson followed with five stops each, with Anderson picking up a sack.
The Chiefs host Boys & Girls either Friday night, Saturday night or Sunday at noon, pending their lights situation, according to Allen.
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