By Jerry Del Priore
For the third straight week, August Martin football made its fair share of mistakes, as it showed its inexperience, executing poor tacking, which lead to big offensive plays for the opposition, and three costly turnovers.
As a result, the Falcons dropped their PSAL Cup Conference game, 42-22, to host Evander Childs Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.
While head coach Kyle Allen said that his squad got out of the box on winning notes in its first two tilts, the better level of competition has been exposing August Martin (2-3) in its last three games.
“We gave up 16 points even before our offense got on the field,” Allen lamented. “It’s hard for us to remember that we’re inexperienced because our season started off so well. But the better the teams are that we play, the more obvious it is that we’re inexperienced.”
Before August Martin even had a chance to take a breath, the Tigers (3-2) had posted 16 points — on a kickoff return to start the game, and botched kickoff return, which led to a 10-yard touchdown run five plays later.
Not to be outdone, senior running back Ashton Glasgow responded with a four-yard rush on the next drive, and a two-point pass to freshman receiver Isaiah Allen to cut the Falcons’ deficit to 16-8 midway through the first period.
With fourth down and ball on the 32 of the Falcons, Evander Childs completed another long screen pass for a first down. A few plays later, and the Tigers were up, 22-8, midway through the second quarter.
Evander Childs tacked on another rushing TD and two-point conversion for a 30-8 lead early in the third period.
With August Martin’s only defensive stop of the afternoon, it started its drive at its own 35 after receiving the punt.
After gaining only a few yards on the next few plays, sophomore quarterback Tyler Parham, who completed eight of 15 passes for 147 yards and two scores and interception, connected with senior receiver Shavar Thomson on a 61-yard touchdown bomb to narrow the gap at 30-14 in the third quarter.
However, the Falcons were victimized by their own poor tacking, and the Tigers were able to move the pigskin quickly into the red zone. Evander Childs cashed in again with a 19-yard rush to swell its advantage to 36-14 early in the fourth period.
Attempting to do a little too much, the young Parham fumbled the ball after picking up the first down on a nice run.
Not to let an opportunity fall by wayside, the Tigers completed another big pass play for a TD and 42-14 lead with four minutes remaining in the contest.
But Parham and Thomson were able to hook up again, this time on a 41-yard passing touchdown, that capped the game’s scoring.
Evader Childs senior running back Rohan Francis enjoyed an impressive game, amassing 165 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.
August Martin will travel to Benjamin Cardozo Saturday at noon.
Watch Falcons’ Ashton Glasgow score on four-yard TD rush in video below.