By Jerry Del Priore
August Martin was already hard-pressed to beat 6-1 Adlai Stevenson heading into in its PSAL Conference Saturday afternoon game. But without junior quarterback Tyler Parham, who was on the sidelines due to a separated left shoulder suffered last week in the Falcons’ 32-6 loss to host Beach Channel, it was going to be even harder.
With that being said, the Ambassadors jumped all over August Martin, outscoring it, 14-0, in the first quarter en route to a 28-0 shutout win over Falcons in the Bronx.
With a short roster of 22 players, two of which were shelved with injuries before the tilt, and one hurt during the contest, head coach Kyle Allen said that August Martin would have had a challenging time beating the opposition at full strength. But the ailments didn’t help a young squad that is a work in progress every week, he said.
However, Allen took some solace as the Falcons are still in the postseason hunt.
“I can’t say that was a winnable game. That team is 7-1 after today,” Allen said. “But we’re so depleted right now. We don’t have any space for injuries. But we’re still young. Our whole starting offense, all the skilled position players, are either in the ninth or tenth grade. This is almost like an extension of a JV type of program. We’re maybe a year away from being real a deal powerhouse team, which is comforting in a way because we can still make the playoffs.”
August Martin’s defense had difficulty stopping Adlai Stevenson’s potent ground attack in the first half, as it hit pay dirt again on a five-yard rushing touchdown to increase its lead to 20-0 early in the second quarter.
After Falcon sophomore backup quarterback Ismael Ramos Acosta threw an interception, which the Ambassadors returned to August Martin’s one-yard line, senior signal caller Tyrone Davenport ran it for a score. Adlai Stevenson then converted the two-point conversion to cap the game’s scoring midway through the second period.
While the Falcons struggled to muster up any offensive, a change in their defensive scheme kept the Ambassadors off the scoreboard in the second half. But it was a little too late by then, as August Martin dropped to 4-4 on the season.
Sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Allen caught four passes for 28 years, while junior Michael Oriakhi led the Falcon defense with eight tackles, three losses, and a sack.
August Martin will square off against Automotive High School at Metlife Stadium on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Parham is scheduled to visit the doctor to reevaluate his shoulder and playing status for the final regular-season tilt, according to his mother and coach.
With a Falcon victory, coupled with a Long Island City defeat, August Martin will secure a playoff spot, per Allen. The top 12 Cup Conference squads make the postseason.
The Bulldogs will travel to Staten Island to face league-leading Petrides Friday at 7:00 p.m. under the lights.