The PSAL football semifinals between the Lincoln Railsplitters and Flushing Red Devils Saturday at Lincoln High School field in Brooklyn seemed to be decided by halftime.
Leading 41-0, players on Lincoln’s sideline were dancing to Jay Z’s “Brooklyn we go hard,” featuring Santigold from a live DJ, while the fans chanted “Brooooooklllynn,” a cheer now associated with the Brooklyn Nets professional basketball team.
On Flushing’s sideline, players were more reserved, but hadn’t given up. They were yelling “don’t give up ya’ll” as their teammates returned to the field, but Flushing eventually loss 55-7 , and missed their chance to play in the championship game at Yankee Stadium.
“You guys made me proud today,” head coach Jim DeSantis told his teary-eyed team in the visitor’s locker room following the match. “Probably prouder than you have all year, because you never gave up. There were only four teams playing football today and you were one of them. You put Flushing on the map, you put Queens on the map and that’s a good thing.”
Although Flushing lost, the Red Devils seniors took pride in that it was the first time the school had ever made it to the semifinals in the championship league, the city’s top division.
All season they had made Flushing a team to fear, with a 7-2 record during the regular season. But Lincoln, which was undefeated (9-0) in the season, easily picked apart Flushing’s defense and dominated the Red Devils in every way.
Three minutes into the third quarter, Lincoln scored, inflating the score to 48-0 after the extra-point. And just a few minutes later Railsplitters junior Elias Davis capped another successful drive, with a 20-yard rush for a touchdown.
But down 55-0, Flushing finally answered Lincoln, and gave dozens of fans that made the trip from Queens to Brooklyn something to cheer about.
Flushing put together a drive in which senior DeAndre Ross Lomax rushed for 20 yards followed by an eight-yard rush by junior Terrence Chavis. The drive was extended when senior DeShawn Scott Jr. completed a 20-yard reception for a first down.
“I just felt like I had to play hard, I had to finish the game,” Scott said.
Later in the drive, Ross Lomax rushed for 14 yards, which got the Red Devils to the one yard line, and Chavis ran the ball in the end zone for the team’s only score.
After the game players were upset about the loss, but understood they had brought Flushing to another level.
“We went further than any Flushing team in history, so it’s still pretty good,” said Ross Lomax. “But I still wanted to get a chance to take my team to Yankee Stadium.”