By Jerry Del Priore
The Canarsie Chiefs knew everything had to fall just right if they wanted to beat powerhouse Lincoln and make the PSAL football playoffs. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, their solid effort wasn’t enough, as the Railsplitters pulled away in the third quarter for an eventual 35-0-win Friday night.
With the defeat and Brooklyn Tech’s 30-28 victory over JFK, Canarsie (3-6, 250 power points) missed the postseason by six power points.
Though the Chiefs were blown out, head coach Kyle Allen applauded his team for its stellar effort for approximately 25 minutes of the tilt.
“They played their hearts out. They played hard for two and a half good quarters,” Allen told BrooklynSportsWorld.com after the game. “We played well, we played with them. We hanged in with them. We just ran out of gas. We just don’t have the man power, the numbers and practice time to compete.”
Lincoln (8-1) scored touchdowns in the first and second quarter, two in the third period, and another one in the fourth to put the contest out of reach.
Railsplitter quarterback Tylik Betha threw for 105 yards on nine of 16 attempts with a touchdown and interception. Four different running backs scored TDs for Lincoln.
Junior Adisa Isaac recorded eight tackles, two for losses, and registered two sacks for the Chiefs. Seniors and brothers David and Davidson Charles has a sack apiece, with Davidson picking up five stops. Sophomore Joshua Adelson had a pickoff in the defeat.
While Allen has been vocal of the refereeing this season, he did sing the praise of Friday’s crew.
“That was the best officiating crew I had I’ve seen in a long, long time,” he said. “They let the kids play. It was a breath of fresh air.”
Lincoln, the third seed in Championship Conference, gets a first round playoff bye.