By Jerry Del Priore
For the second straight week, August Martin failed to mount much of an offensive attack, and its defense gave up several big plays en route to a 30-6 beat-down at the hands of Stuyvesant Friday night at Pier 40 field in lower Manhattan in a PSAL Football Cup Conference tilt.
Allen said that his players’ inexperience and lack of football acumen are beginning to show against better teams, as their not fully understanding game situations on certain plays, which has led to the Falcons allowing huge offensive gains against it.
“It’s lack of football IQ; they don’t understand down and distance, they don’t understand angels (on tackling). Those are the two biggest things that were struggling with,” Allen lamented. “They don’t realize when it’s third and 30, if you give up a 15-yard pass or 15-yard run and make the tackle, now it’s (just) fourth and 15. Instead of giving up thirty yards.”
Things didn’t begin well for August Martin, as its bus arrived an hour and half late to the game.
However, with little time to settle into its pregame routine, the Falcons (2-2) didn’t let it impact their effort, as they played to a scoreless stalemate in the first quarter.
But after a big run by the Peglegs (3-1), they scored on a four-yard touchdown rush, followed by a two-point conversion pass for an 8-0 lead early in the second period.
After an interception by freshman Isaiah “Hollywood” Allen deep in August Martin
territory, it failed to move the ball. But the Falcons took a risk on fourth down, as their punter fake the boot, and bolted to the 20-yard, just enough for the first down.
August Martin proceeded to move the pigskin down field, and capped the drive on senior running back Ashton Glasgow’s seven-yard score that narrowed the gap at 8-6, in favor of Stuyvesant, with a little more than two minutes remaining in the first half.
With less than two minutes in the half and field position at midfield, the Falcons gave up another big play — a pass to its own 18-yard line. The Peglegs scored two downs later and converted the two-point play for a 16-6 advantage heading into the locker room.
With senior Roshaun Emmanuel sacking quarterback Lucas Dingman, who completed seven of 17 passes for 171 yards and a score, at August Martin’s 37, its defense surrendered another sizable gain with a screen pass going to the five.
One play later, and Stuyvesant found the end zone on a five-yard TD toss, with the two-point play extending its lead to 24-6 midway through the third quarter.
After the Peglegs sacked signal caller Tyler Parham at the Falcons’ 20 on fourth down, it gave the Stuyvesant great field position. However, August Martin’s defense was able to push them back to the 39-yard line.
But the Peglegs were able to tear-off another big gain to the 10. A few downs later, and Stuyvesant was ahead, 30-6.
Sophomore Nashim Colson led the Falcon defense with five tackles and two sacks while sophomore Nazire Blake Evans had four stops and two sacks as well.
While August Martin suffered lopsided defeats in its last two contests, Allen doesn’t feel as if his squad is down and out, with winnable game still left on the schedule.
“We can still compete,” he said. “If we get it cleaned up, we can still compete. There are teams we can still beat. We can still try to back into the playoffs, or even walk into the playoffs if we go on a little streak.
The Falcons will travel to the Bronx on Saturday to face host Evander Childs at 11:00 a.m.