By Jerry Del Priore
With only six of its listed 34 players having organized football playing experienced, the coaching staff at August Martin knew it would have times in which the team would struggle, and times in which it would have some success.
Unfortunately for the Falcons (2-4), it was more of the first, as they lost, 22-6, to the Cardozo Judges Saturday afternoon in Bayside, Queens, in a PSAL Cup Conference game – their fourth consecutive losing effort.
“We have 28 kids (on the team) that never played before. They don’t even watch football,” Brooklyn native and head coach Kyle Allen lamented. “It’s like a whole different culture now. It’s going to take some time (to develop).”
Much to August Martin’s credit, it hanged in there for the first half – albeit aided by Cardozo’s several miscues – only trailing 8-0 heading into the locker room.
But the Judges (4-2) exercised its ominous verdict and scored on a Tyler Ragler 55-yard touchdown rush, increasing its advantage to 16-0 early in the third period.
However, senior running back Ashton Glasgow (11 attempts for 63 yards) found pay dirty on a three-yard run to slice Cardozo’s deficit to 16-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
But, under pressure, sophomore quarterback Tyler Parham hoisted the ball up in the air, deep down field. The pass, though, didn’t have enough distance on it, as Ragler, a junior who accounted for all the Judges’ three touchdowns, turned it into a pick-six and 22-6 score midway through the fourth period.
While Allen said his boys played better overall, “just making three or four mistakes at the wrong time,” the August Martin defense couldn’t contain the two-headed rushing beast of the Judges, with Ragler (eight carries for 168 yards and two TDs) and senior Jonathon Lyod (seven touches for 147 yards) combining for 315 yards on the ground.
The Falcons travel to the Bronx Saturday at 11:00 a.m. to square off against Adlai Stevenson.
Watch senior running back Ashton Glasgow plow in for a three-yard TD in August Martin’s 22-6 defeat to Cardozo Judges in the video below.