By Jerry Del Priore
New head coach Kyle Allen said it was imperative that August Martin football won its first game of the PSAL Cup Conference high school season after a long hiatus for the program, for overall squad and school spirit.
The Falcons did just that after administering a 46-6 pounding to Information Tech Saturday at Campus Magnet High School field.
“It was so important for the morale of the team, for the community, for the campus at large, because they haven’t had football for seven years,” Allen emphatically said after the tilt. “I’m a veteran at this. I’ve won big games, I’ve lost big games. I know what it feels like. This was important for them to get off on the right foot, because losing would be a let down after all the work that we put in.”
Things didn’t begin well for August Martin, though. The Blackhawks capitalized on a botched kickoff to start the contest, returning it for a score and 6-0 lead. But the Falcons responded with two touchdowns and a 14-6 advantage in the first quarter.
Two more TDs and August Martin had Info Tech looking at the business end of football rout at 30-6 in the first half.
Freshman receiver Isaiah Allen, son of coach Allen, corralled a 16-yard Tyler Parham touchdown pass and a successful two-point run swelled the Falcons’ lead to 38-6 midway through the third period.
“It was a deep route, and I went way past the corner and made sure I caught it the ball,” the younger Allen said of his TD reception. “It feels really good.”
August Martin’s defense came up big with a fumble recovery by senior Aston Glasgow, spotting the ball at the Blackhhawks’ 25-yard-line. The Falcons quickly went to work, scoring on a 20-yard rushing touchdown and converted the two-point play for 46-6 advantage late in the third quarter.
Allen inserted his backups in the fourth period as the Falcons won going away.
August Martin amassed a total of 479 offensive yards, 377 of which were on the ground. Glasgow had a spectacular game, rumbling for 167 yards and a score on 12 touches. Senior Shavar Thomson recorded 51 yards on two carries with a touchdown.
“I felt great out there,” Glasgow said. “This is my first actual game of high school football. I played Pop Warner, and I’m trying to make it count. I’m trying to play at the college level. It was actually a great experience.”
Parham completed five of nine passes for 102 yards with three touchdowns while rushing for another and gained 71 yards on the ground.
“It feels great to come out here with my fellows and win,” Parham said. “I feel like we can make it to the top and win the championship this year.”
Junior Ricardo Henriquez led the Falcon defense with seven tackles while senior Daren Dhuman made six stops.
August Martin will square off against A.P. Randolph at noon on Saturday at Campus Magnet HS Field.
Watch Falcons’ defense swarm Blackhawks QB below.