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Bayside girls flag football team scores historic first win


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THE COURIER/Photos Liam La Guerre

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The air was tense in the final six seconds of the game at Bayside High School field on Tuesday.

The Commodores were about to defeat Townsend Harris 6-0 after scoring the game’s only touchdown and the home team was feverishly preparing to defend its lead.

“Defense,” one man shouted from the crowd of parents and students on the bleachers.

“This is your home field, Bayside,” another said.

It could have been the atmosphere for a boys football game, but in reality it was the second-ever Bayside H.S. girls flag football game.

Just two years after the PSAL introduced flag football as a new sport for girls, Bayside students and fans enthusiastically embraced it.

“This is a great school to go to and we have a very good sports program. I just wanted to bring something new to get even more kids involved,” said head coach Magdalini Kassims.

Kassims surveyed students to test the desire to play the sport two seasons ago. Nearly 100 girls signed up. Last year, she hosted a tryout, where about 50 girls showed up.

Kassims had enough to fill at least two teams, but made tough cuts to get down to 25 girls, spawning the first-ever girls flag football squad at the school.

Made up of academics, artists, musicians and athletes of all kinds, the team is a composite of girls who appreciate sports and others who want to learn football. Some actually have some football experience, such as sophomore quarterback Lenore Aponte, who scored the team’s lone touchdown against Townsend Harris.

Aponte, who also plays basketball and soccer at Bayside, said she learned how to play football by joining games with “boys at recess,” so she immediately jumped at the opportunity to play for the school.

“I was so excited when we heard it was a go,” Aponte said. “I love playing football. It’s fun and I’m good at it.”
The team isn’t lacking in spirit. With the game on the line, the girls screamed “Intercept it,” for the final play, a pass attempt by Townsend Harris.

Bayside’s defense wrapped up the Lady Hawks, stopping the play and giving the Commodores (1-1 PSAL) the first win in history.

Although she is happy they won, Kassimis said she is mostly concerned with the experience the girls will get from playing football.

“Winning is important because we all like to be winners, we all like to feel good,” she said. “But what’s more important to me is that the girls have a positive experience. If you worked hard enough and you’re dedicated enough, eventually the wins will come.”

 

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Street Talk: What are your plans for the Super Bowl?


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I will be staying home with my family and watching the game.
Ryan Arboleda

I plan on throwing a party at my house.
Erick Alvarado

I plan on throwing a party and having some drinks with my boys.
Wilfredo Zelaya

My plans are not too exciting. I’m going to be on a concert gig.
Jeremy Arnold

Unfortunately, I’ll be working for the Super Bowl.
Brad Crandell

I’m going to a local bar with some friends.
Manny Lalonde

I’ll be staying home watching the game with some appetizers, beer and friends.
Bridget Cronin

I’m going to my friend’s house in Brooklyn for a party to watch the Super Bowl as well as celebrate my 60th birthday.
Lou Gittler

-KATELYN DI SALVO

 

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Former Super Bowl champ Franco Harris visits St. Mary’s Hospital for Children


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of St. Mary's Hospital for Children

As the New York City area gets ready for Sunday’s big game, a former Super Bowl champion paid a special visit to a Bayside’s St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

Four-time Super Bowl winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris, along with business partner and former Penn State teammate Lydell Mitchell, and former Giants linebacker Brian Kelley were at the facility Wednesday to take a tour, and greet patients and staff.

“We are very thankful to Franco and Lydell for choosing St. Mary’s as the benefiting charity for their prestigious and distinguished dinner.” He shared. “Their support for New York’s sickest children is inspirational, and on behalf of the entire staff and the patients I invite them to return for another visit,” said Dr. Eddie Simpser, interim CEO and president of St. Mary’s, who led the tour.

The three men also distributed autographed caps to the children and took photos with medical staff and their patients.

Harris and Mitchell have named St. Mary’s the beneficiary of their 17th Annual Immaculate Reception and Dinner, a star-studded, sold-out event held in the Super Bowl host city, according to St. Mary’s. This year’s dinner will be held tonight in New York City.

 

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Two charged in counterfeit Super Bowl ticket operation


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Two men have been charged with running a counterfeit operation in Queens and elsewhere, allegedly manufacturing and selling tickets to the Super Bowl and NFL playoff games, District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday.

The pair is accused of peddling the forged tickets to individuals on the streets of New York as well as across the country through the Internet.

They were also allegedly selling fake Super Bowl tickets to the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldolf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, the NFL Honors Party at Radio City Music Hall, and parking passes close to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium where the Super Bowl is being played Sunday.

“The defendants are charged with not only running a lucrative illegal operation that allegedly ripped off the National Football League and sports fans alike by manufacturing well-crafted counterfeit tickets using state-of-the art equipment but creating a security nightmare for the NFL and the vast army of local, state and federal enforcement law agencies handling security operations at this Sunday’s Super Bowl by allegedly selling fraudulent parking passes to the MetLife parking facilities. Beyond that, individuals who bought tickets or passes through the Internet may be in for a rude awakening on game day,” Brown said.

Damon Daniels, 43, of the Bronx and Jamaica, Queens, and Eugene Fladger, 32, of Philadelphia are presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery devices, criminal possession of computer-related material, trademark counterfeiting and conspiracy, according to Brown. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.

Their arrests come following an investigation that began in December 2013 when the NFL’s Security Division notified the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division of an alleged counterfeit football ticket production operation, the district attorney said.

During the investigation, Daniels and Fladger were allegedly observed getting together right before an undercover officer, posing as a ticket buyer, met with Fladger in Queens, and bought tickets from him, Brown said.

The investigation also led to a search of Daniels’ girlfriend’s Jamaica apartment, where, according to prosecutors, police recovered a computer, a printer, a package of photo-grade paper, two tickets to the Super Bowl printed on the same photo-grade paper and a bag of half ripped, incomplete, first draft tickets which appeared to be printed on normal stock paper.

The fake tickets allegedly bore the official NFL logo and a bar code designed to be a replication of computer data that had been duplicated in order to fool stadium scanners, Brown said. The tickets, however, allegedly had defects— the printing on the tickets was washed out, there was a misprint on the back, the cutting of the tickets was not properly aligned, and various security features were missing. The parking passes and party tickets also allegedly featured washed-out printing and were not properly aligned.

 

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Holy Cross High School sophomore moves closer to NFL dream


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

One Holy Cross High School football player is one step closer to playing in the National Football League (NFL).

Sophomore Jason Vargas was selected to participate in the high school showcase game of the Offense-Defense Bowl in Orlando, Florida on January 4.

Vargas, 15, was one of 200 players selected from approximately 6,000 participants in Offense-Defense Sports’ nation-wide camps. Active NFL players Dez Bryant, Cam Newton and more than 185 others once played there as well.

“It’s a great honor to play,” Vargas said. “To be able to play in that kind of game, it’s amazing.”

Vargas started playing football with his older brothers and family members and fell in love with the game at an early age.

Now the high schooler, who is 6’1”, is playing on Holy Cross’s junior varsity team and expects to make the varsity squad next year. While Vargas aims to be a professional wide receiver in the NFL, he also enjoys playing the kicker position.

“Kicker is very important, because it comes down to you sometimes,” Vargas said.

While playing at Offense-Defense’s camp during the summer, he performed so well that he received an MVP medal for wide receiver and the All-Star game invitation.

“Every year his game has elevated that tells me he is listening to what the coaches have been telling him,” said Milow Weems, youth brand director and coach of Offense-Defense, who trained Vargas during summer camp. “I see him playing Division 1 [college football], if he keeps up the hard work.”

Vargas’ final goal of course is to be a professional player, but first he has his eyes set on playing football in college.

He is interested in playing for the University of Oregon, West Virginia University, Florida State University or Boise State University.

“From what I’ve been told he has the ability to take it all the way, but we’re focused on scholarships. We have to focus on the short term,” said Laurie Morris, Vargas’ mother. “I’m proud of Jason because no matter what he always tries his hardest, even when he’s hurt or injured.”

 

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PSAL Queens high school football roundup


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The Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs lost their second game of the season to the Port Richmond Red Raiders (4-1) by a score of 24-14, dropping to 3-2 on the season. While the Bull-Dogs were outscored by the Red Raiders they did compile more offensive yards. The Bull-Dogs totaled 327 yards while the Red Raiders managed only 186. For the Bull-Dogs, senior Asaikie Blake led the team with 124 rushing yards in 17 attempts and scored a touchdown. Senior Aaron Welch added 55 yards of his own on eight attempts while also scoring a touchdown. For the Red Raiders, senior quarterback Michael Goffredo completed four out eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Goffredo also added a touchdown on the ground, rushing for 36 yards on 10 attempts. Senior James Jones scored a touchdown as well, rushing for 26 yards on seven carries. Next up for the Bull-Dogs will be the Boys and Girls Kangaroos (3-2).

The John Adams Spartans (2-3) lost their third game in a row at the hands of the John F. Kennedy Campus Knights (3-2) 32-6. The Spartans, who scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter, were dominated in offensive yards. The Spartans had just 109 total yards while the Knights piled up 479 yards — all on the ground. For the Spartans, junior Danny Messina completed one out of two passes for 15 yards and the Spartans’ lone touchdown. Junior Eldridge Edens completed two out of five passes for 13 yards. Edens led the team in rushing with 27 on 12 attempts. Senior Eugene Donohue added 23 yards on three attempts while junior Lakeith Everett added 22 yards of his own. For the Knights, senior Timothy Jones had a career game rushing for 266 yards on 19 attempts while scoring four touchdowns. Junior Demetrius Wade scored a touchdown on his lone attempt which went for 65 yards. Senior Jonathan King added 98 yards of his own on five attempts. Next up for the Spartans will be the New Utrecht Utes (3-2).

The Beach Channel Dolphins (2-3) beat the Herbert H. Lehman Lions (0-5) by a score of 14-12. The Dolphins, who had a total of 335 yards, were led by senior Breland Archbold, who was responsible for 255 yards of the Dolphins’ total yards. Archbold completed eight of 15 passes for 130 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Archbold also ran for 125 yards on 10 attempts. For the Lions, sophomore Maurice Blease completed two out four passes, throwing for 85 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Senior Jermaine Hall rushed for 58 yards on seven attempts while scoring a touchdown. Junior Asante Anthony added 108 yards on 14 attempts. Next up for the Dolphins will be the Harry S. Truman Mustangs (3-2).

High school football roundup


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In the Bowl Division the Bayside Commodores won their second straight game, improving to 2-1 on the young season. The Commodores beat the the Franklin D. Roosevelt Cougars by a score of 38-14. Senior George Wallace led the Commodores to victory with 192 yards rushing on 13 attempts, while crossing the goal line four times. Junior Trevon Moe rushed for 72 yards on three attempts while scoring a touchdown of his own. Senior Julian Moody completed five out of 11 passes, throwing for 79 yard and a touchdown. For the Cougars senior Isaiah Covington led the team with 100 yards rushing on 15 attempts with a touchdown. Junior Xavier Martin was second on the team with 38 yards rushing while senior Ivan Nunez added a touchdown. Next up for the Commodores will be the James Madison Knights (3-0).

The John Adams Spartans who are fourth in the Championship division dropped their first game of the season losing to the Tottenville Pirates (3-0) by a score of 40-6. The Spartans were not able to get their offense going. Eldridge Edens completed four out of six passes during the game, but was only able to throw for 31 yards while throwing an interception. Senior Levaughn Baker led the Spartans with 51 yards rushing. Baker scored the only touchdown for the Spartans. For the Pirates, senior Augustus Edwards led the team with 144 yards rushing on 16 attempts with two touchdowns. Seniors Brandon Barnes and Tyler Logan had one touchdown a piece. Next up for the Spartans will be the Harry S. Truman Mustangs (1-2).

The Mustangs beat the Susan Wagner Falcons (0-3) by a score of 20-18. Junior Giovahn Watson led the Mustangs with 136 rushing yards on 16 attempts while junior Armani Williams scored two touchdowns. Senior Brandon Sanchez added a touchdown through the air. Junior Muhyi-Din Abuhamdeh led the Falcons with 141 rushing yards on 14 attempts with a touchdown. Senior Alen Nikezic rushed for 48 yards on 16 attempts with a touchdown.

The Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs dropped their last game to the Erasmus Hall Campus Dutchman (3-0) by a score of 26-12. The Bull-Dogs had a total of 273 offensive yards. Junior Blessuan Austin led the Bull-Dogs with 88 yards rushing on 14 attempts while scoring a touchdown. Second on the team was senior Asaikie Blake with 80 yards on 12 attempts. Senior Aaron Welch added 46 yards of his own while scoring a touchdown. For the Dutchman senior Matthew Domina completed six out of 10 passes while throwing for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Jonathan Samerson threw a 15 yard touchdown pass in his only attempt. Junior Kahlil Lewin led the team in rushing yards with 125 yards on 13 attempts with a touchdown.

Lockout over, refs returning to NFL fields


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Now fans can go back to yelling at the real refs.

The NFL and NFL Referees Association have reached an agreement that will return the locked out officials to the field beginning tonight in Baltimore.

“We look forward to having the finest officials in sports back on the field, and I want to give a special thanks to NFL fans for their passion. Now it’s time to put the focus back on the teams and players where it belongs,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

The two sides met for five consecutive days.

Games this year have been peppered with questionable penalties, but negotiations picked up steam following several blown calls by the replacement refs in the nationally televised Seattle-Green Bay game Monday night, including a game-deciding touchdown call as time expired, drawing the ire of fans and players alike.

The agreement lasts through 2019.

Victor Cruz meets and greets fans in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

It was a giant day for football fans.

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz stopped by the Queens Theatre on July 13 for an interactive discussion about his new book and to spread the message that he’s just an ordinary guy from Paterson, New Jersey.

“I was a small town kid just like some of these kids are and I strived and I fought tooth-and-nail to get where I am today,” Cruz said. “It’s not far-fetched, it’s not out of reach, you just have to work hard and understand what you want in life.”

This time last year many fans had no idea the 25-year-old, undrafted player was on the team.

But after a breakout rookie season, where Cruz shattered the Giants record for receiving yards (1,536) and led Big Blue to its fourth Super Bowl championship, he was immediately promoted from the bottom to the top of the NFL caste system.

“There is no better role model to have here today to speak to you than Victor Cruz,” said Assemblymember Francisco Moya, who opened the meet-and-greet. “This man is somebody who really fought adversity.”

Devotees in attendance received a free bag of goodies that included a copy of the new book, “Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue,” written by Peter Schrager.

However, many fans were thrilled to just meet the man who turned the Giants season around and made salsa dancing as trendy as ice cream on a hot summer day.

“It was a crazy experience meeting Victor [Cruz],” Giants fan Obi Wilson said. “I mean I’ve heard about him. I’ve seen him on TV. This is a guy that completely changed our season.”

Hundreds of kids hugging footballs, fans sporting blue and white number 80 jerseys and supporters waving Puerto Rican flags in the auditorium erupted when Cruz took the stage next to NY1’s Budd Mishkin.

Mishkin and Cruz spent an hour talking about the wide receiver’s personal challenges, including dodging negative influences in Patterson, tragic moments of how his friend died and flunking out of college twice. There were also lighter memories such as getting respect from opposing players and how salsa dancing became his signature touchdown celebration.

The fan-favorite dance move was born after a quarterback coach approached Cruz at a practice before his first start and told him to create a move that represents his culture if he scored.

“I was like ‘coach I don’t know if I can go in there and make a pot of rice and beans,’” Cruz recounted to laughter from the audience. “Five yards away from the end zone the first thing I thought of was not ‘this is my first touchdown,’ but ‘man I got to do this dance now.’”

After the one-on-one interview, Cruz fielded questions from fans in the audience and even brought a kid to sit near him on stage, fulfilling the child’s dream to meet the pro footballer.

The meet-and-greet with Cruz is the first of a pair hosted by Time Warner Cable. At the second meet-up on July 20, Cruz will sign copies of his book near the Time Warner Cable store in Queens Center Mall.

Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets for 4th and 6th round draft picks


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FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer reports that the Broncos traded quarterback Tim Tebow on Wednesday to the New York Jets for a draft choice in the fourth and sixth rounds.

The deal – which was facilitated by Denver’s signing of Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract – spells the end to one of the wildest chapters in the franchise’s 52-year history. One of the NFL’s most popular players since being drafted by the Broncos in 2010, Tebow was promoted into the starting lineup ahead of the struggling Kyle Orton six games into last season.

 

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Queens man indicted for New Year’s Day fire-bomb spree

A Queens man has been indicted on state and federal charges for a fire-bombing spree that targeted an Islamic mosque, a Hindu temple, a convenience store and three homes over several hours on New Year’s Day, authorities announced today. Accused fire-bug, Ray Lazier Lengend, also known as Suraj Poonai, already was in jail after being arrested within days for all but one of those incidents, which spanned Queens and Long Island. Read More: New York Post

 

Federal Judges Approve State’s New Congressional Districts

A three-judge panel in Brooklyn federal court has approved a map for New York’s new congressional districts that was proposed by a federal magistrate earlier this month. Due to population changes around the country, New York is set to lose two members of Congress this year, going from 29 seats in the House of Representatives to 27. The map drawn by federal magistrate Roanne Mann keeps most of the current districts, but one change is a new Queens district that is almost 40 percent Asian-American. Read More: NY1

 

Peyton near deal with Broncos

Peyton Manning wants to play for the Denver Broncos in Act II of his outstanding career. A person briefed on negotiations said the NFL’s only four-time MVP called Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams and told him that he had picked the Broncos. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. Read More: New York Post

 

Shopping cart victim says she wishes boys who hurt her ‘well’

A Manhattan charity worker who was nearly killed by a shopping cart pushed over a garage railing by teenage punks in October spoke publicly for the first time today — expressing compassion for the pranksters who dropped the cart on her head. Marion Hedges, during a walk outside her Upper East Side apartment, said she hasn’t received an apology from the evil-doers. Read More: New York Post

 

12 injured in Brooklyn bus accident

Twelve people were injured in a bus accident in Brooklyn today, fire officials said. The collision occurred shortly after 10 a.m. after a car blew through a red light on Avenue J and rammed into a B11 bus, said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. At least three of the dozen people injured were passengers on the bus, Ortiz said. The victims were taken to Lutheran Medical Center and Kings County Hospital. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Shakedown’ rabbi loses appeal

A Manhattan appeals court today upheld the conviction of a crooked Brooklyn rabbi for trying to shake down billionaire Steve Cohen’s hedge fund with phony allegations of inside trading. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Rabbi Milton Balkany’s claim that jurors should have been allowed to consider if he was entrapped, saying “Balkany failed to present any evidence that the government ‘induced’ him to commit the crimes charged.” Read More: New York Post

 

Tennessee woman gets no-jail deal after trying to check gun at 9/11 Memorial

A registered nurse and fourth-year med student got a no-jail, misdemeanor deal today for the Tennessee-registered gun she tried to check at the 9/11 Memorial in December. Manhattan prosecutors this morning dropped the felony gun possession charges Meredith Graves had originally been slammed with — charges carrying a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years prison. Read More: New York Post

Liu in FBI cross hairs


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Liu in FBI cross hairs

A federal probe into the campaign fund-raising operations for city Comptroller John Liu is now focused on the candidate himself, The Post has learned. “If campaign-finance rules are being circumvented or violated, there’s certainly a question whether the candidate himself knew about it or was a party to it,” one law-enforcement source said. “Did [Liu] know, and what was his role?” The FBI last month charged Liu moneyman Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan with steering $16,000 to Liu’s campaign through “straw donors” to hide massive contributions made on behalf of an out-of-state businessman who actually was an undercover federal agent. Read More: New York Post

New York bars ready for Jets-Giants game

It’s on! Football fans will pack bars around the city to watch the Jets-Giants battle at the Meadowlands tomorrow — and the watering holes are breaking out all the bells and whistles for the pre-Christmas crowds. Special drinks, free booze and lavish spreads will be at the ready for the throngs expected to take a break from their holiday shopping to root for their teams. Read More: New York Post

Santa brings early holiday joy to kids at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children 

Santa made an early visit to the kids at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside last week with the help of New York’s Bravest. Firefighters from Engine 320/Ladder 167 used their rig to help Santa descend from the roof and visit with dozens of children who are battling serious illnesses. Continuing a tradition started over 15 years ago, the firefighters also brought a van-load of gifts that ranged from toys and dolls to cameras, radios and electronic games. Read More: Daily News

2011 Crime Statistics Show Slight Decrease In Murders

The New York City Police Department’s data show major crimes like murder, rape, and robbery are up by .2 percent through December 18 this year compared to the same period last year. There have been 519 murders this year through December 18, a drop of 5.6 percent compared to almost the same time period last year. The Bronx was the only borough to see a slight increase in murders. Read More: NY1

Police Seek Suspect Who Allegedly Robbed Queens Livery Driver

Police need help finding the person who they say robbed a livery cab driver Saturday morning near 93rd Avenue and 112th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens. They say the man seen in the above photographs placed the 59-year-old cab driver in a headlock, causing the victim to crash into a fence. Investigators say he then stole money from the victim’s bag and ran off. He is described as approximately 25-years-old, 5-feet-7-inches tall, and 170 pounds. Read More: NY1

High School Football Roundup


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The Bayside Commodores improved to 6-0 with a 28-6 win over the James Madison Knights (4-2). The Commodores had a total of 243 yards with junior Julian Moody completing two out of four passing attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown. Junior George Wallace led the Commodores with 75 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Senior Timothy Capers rushed for 40 yards on 10 attempts and a touchdown, while senior Richard Vaughan added 32 yards on the ground on six attempts and scored a touchdown as well. Junior Daquan Williams rushed for 34 yards of his own. For the Knights, senior Berkay Dagbolen completed five of eight passes for 52 yards and two interceptions. Senior Adeyinka Anifowoshe led the Knights in rushing with 44 yards, while junior Corey Woods rushed for 14 yards on four attempts and scored the Knight’s lone touchdown. Next up for the Commodores will be the Jamaica Beavers (3-3).
The Beach Channel Dolphins fell to the August Martin Falcons (4-2) by a score of 24-14, their second loss in a row. The Dolphins won the battle in the passing game, with 162 of their 316 yards coming through the air – while the Falcons gained all but 18 of their 333 yards on the ground. For the Falcons, senior Ricky Dunbar, who had only 107 rushing yards all season coming into the game, had 180 yards rushing with two touchdowns on eight attempts. Senior Roger Cox added 105 yards of his own while scoring two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Layquane Ezeigwe was a star for the Falcons totaling eight tackles and three sacks. For the Dolphins, Breland Archbold completed 13 of 24 passing attempts for 162 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Sophomore Chris Reed led the Dolphins in rushing with 87 yards on 13 attempts and a touchdown. Next up for the Dolphins will be the Long Island City Bulldogs (2-4).
In their last game, the Bulldogs beat the Mott Haven Educational Campus Mavericks (2-4) by a score of 32-26. The Bulldogs has a total of 357 yards while the Mavericks gained 423 yards. For the Bulldogs, senior Ioannis Karakalpakidis completed three of five passing attempts for 77 yards and a touchdown. Senior Aimen Muflihi rushed for 130 yards on six attempts and a touchdown. Senior Cheyenne Dones rushed for 125 yards while scoring three touchdowns on 24 attempts. For the Mavericks, senior Abely Soto competed six out of 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Soto also rushed for 100 yards on 11 attempts. Senior Joseph Garcia rushed for 95 yards on six attempts and a touchdown. Senior Jesus Anziani rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on five attempts.
In the Championship Division, the John Adams Spartans (4-2) beat the Herbert H. Lehman Lions (2-4) by a score of 44-26. The Spartans had a total of 460 offensive yards while allowing 297 yards from the opposition. Senior Danny Perez completed three of six passes for 42 yards. On the ground senior Antoine Arnold led all rushers in the game with 206 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts. Senior Devven Baker rushed for 87 yards with two touchdowns on 13 attempts. Senior Shane Hubbard rushed for 83 yards and scored two touchdowns as well on six attempts. For the Lions, junior Corey Bright completed six out of 12 passes for 71 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Senior Davis White rushed for 203 yards on 32 attempts with a touchdown. Next up for the Spartans will be the New Dorp Centrals (0-6).

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Holy Cross defeats St. Francis Prep

On Saturday night, September 10, the Holy Cross Knights played host to the Terriers of Saint Francis Preparatory School at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. For the first time in a number of years, this marquee match-up was a non-league game as the Terriers moved from the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) AAA division last year to the CHSFL AA division this year. Holy Cross remains in the CHSFL AAA division as a top dog contender.

Holy Cross, ranked seventh in the CHSFL, came in to the game with size, strength, and confidence. The Knights are expected to have a superb season as they face a difficult schedule. In front of a standing room only crowd, on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, both teams were revved up and ready to go. Sophomore running back Brandon Pelzer sprung into action scoring two touchdowns both on breakout runs thanks to the Knights’ exceptional offensive line. St. Francis drove down the field well on their second possession, but when they were forced to punt on fourth down, Malachi Hoskins blocked the punt and punched it in for a 30-yard touchdown.

Thomas Cani and the Terriers spread out their offense well after the first possession connecting to receivers down field and attempting to establish their running game with the duo of senior running back Casey Beaudoin and junior running back Kadir Wisdom. Wisdom caught the Terriers only touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Although a difficult game to swallow for the Terriers, as they lost to the Knights 31-6 opening night, St. Francis has a lot to look forward to this season. In the CHSFL AA division, the Terriers will be competitive. The players are hopeful to have a winning season and they understand that they need to string together a few productive seasons before they can move back up to the AAA division.

- Neil A. Carousso

John Adams improves to 2-0

The John Adams Spartans returned to the field and defeated the Wagner Falcons 22-12, in a game where chemistry proved most important.

“I think it’s fantastic – our chemistry is growing a little bit day by day,” said Spartans senior quarterback Danny Perez. “We are coming together as a team and taking it one game at a time.”

The game remained scoreless until the second quarter, when the Spartans got on the board first – a factor that head coach Gerry Weitzen believed was of utmost importance to the outcome of the game.

“It was very important to score first since we had a terrible game [last week] at Brooklyn Tech. This time we thought we could play with Wagner,” said Weitzen. “We figured we were competitive with them and I thought we were the favorites.”

After going up 14-0, the Spartans gave up Wagner’s first score of the year on a 75-yard touchdown run. The Spartans defense would give up 302 offensive yards on the day, with 270 of those coming on the ground. Senior Benjamin Ezike had 243 yards rushing on 17 attempts for Wagner.

“We made glaring mistakes and we let them back in the ballgame but as I said, a win is a win,” said Weitzen

For the Spartans, Perez was the offensive star of the game completing seven out of 10 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Because of his performance, Weitzen called Perez the MVP of the game – an honor which surprised the young field general.

“I didn’t even think he would say that,” said Perez. “Well you know MVP is just a title, it was the whole team. [Devven] Baker ran for over 100 yards and Antoine [Arnold] ran for 100 yards. Everybody came together, it was a team effort but I do acknowledge the MVP.”

Senior wide receiver Shane Hubbard was Perez’s favorite receiver, receiving 70 of the 125 yards. On the ground, seniors Arnold and Baker had a 105 and 111 yards respectively with each scoring a touchdown.

With the win, the Spartans improve their record to 1-1 while the Falcons record drops to 0-2.

Next up on the schedule will be the Spartans toughest test yet, the Tottenville Pirates who are one of the best teams in the city. In order for the Spartans to win the game everything must click and work seamlessly.

“Tottenville is a tough team and you know championship winners we are going to have to work hard every day, “Perez added.

- Heather Zwillenberg

Around the Gridiron: Football Roundup


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In the Public School Athletic League, the Bayside Commodores (3-0) stayed undefeated with a victory over the Christopher Columbus High School Blue Steel (0-3) by a score of 26-6. The Commodores dominated on the offensive side of the ball with 436 total yards. Junior quarterback Julian Moody threw for 59 yards on six of nine attempts with an interception. On the ground, the Commodores rushed for 377 yards, with senior Richard Vaughan leading all with 188 yards on 14 attempts with a touchdown. Senior Timothy Capers had 110 yards of his own with two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Wendell O’Brien was the star, intercepting two passes including one pick-6. For the Blue Steel, senior Chevaugh Wilson scored the lone touchdown and rushed for 42 yards on three attempts. Next up for the Commodores will be the Springfield Garden Golden Eagles (0-3).

In their last game, the Golden Eagles lost to the Tilden Educational Campus Blue Devils by a score of 14-6. The Golden Eagles had a total of 110 yards, with all but 25 yards coming on the ground. Sophomore Jair Brown led the team with 33 yards rushing, while senior Isaiah Baptiste had 29 yards rushing on 11 attempts with a touchdown. For the Blue Devils, junior quarterback Shawn Brathwaite completed just three of nine passes, but he threw for 54 yards with two touchdowns.

 

The Beach Channel Dolphins beat the Lafayette Educational Complex Patriots by a score of 32-0. The Dolphins had a total of 224 offensive yards, while junior quarterback Breland Archbold struggled, completing just four out of 15 passes with one touchdown. On the ground, sophomore Diequan Underwood had 89 yards on eight attempts and a touchdown. Senior Javis Black rushed for 21 yards on four attempts and a touchdown. Underwood led the Dolphins on the defensive side as well, intercepting two passes and returning one for a touchdown. Next up for the Dolphins will be the James Madison Knights (3-0).

The John Adams Spartans (1-2) lost to the Tottenville Pirates (3-0) by a score of 49-6. The Spartans could not get going on either side of the ball. On offense, the team managed a total of 131 yards. Senior quarterback Danny Perez completed four out of 15 passing attempts for 45 yards and an interception. On the ground, senior Shane Hubbard rushed for 43 yards on three attempts. Hubbard also returned five kicks for 145 yards and a touchdown. For the Pirates, junior Augustus Edwards led the team with 100 yards on five attempts and three touchdowns. Next up for the Spartans will be the Franklin D. Roosevelt Cougars (0-3).

In the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York, the St. Francis Prep Terriers won their first game of the season, 39-15, over St. Peter’s of Staten Island. Senior quarterback Thomas Cani connected on eight of 17 passes for 88 yards and one rushing touchdown. Cani was a little wild however, tossing two interceptions. On the ground, junior Kadir Wisdom rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries – including a 60 yard run – with two touchdowns. Fellow senior running back Casey Beaudoin ran for 37 yards on nine carries with one touchdown. Prep’s defensive squad ran roughshod over their opponents, with senior Maurice Parker leading the team with 10 tackles, junior Ramel Joseph nabbing one interception for 61 yards and senior Jonathan Henderson grabbing two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Prep now heads to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn to take on Xavier High School.