Canarsie Tops Lincoln, 24-6, To Remain Undefeated
By Vaughan Nembhard
The Canarsie High School varsity football team overcame several mistakes to defeat Lincoln High School, 24-6, at home last Saturday and remain one of the few unbeaten PSAL squads with only a few weeks left in the season.
The game started slow, but Canarsie turned it around with four minutes left in the first quarter. The Chiefs were on Lincoln’s 5-yard line when quarterback John Harvey scampered in for a touchdown. Seconds later Harvey again found the end zone for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead, which held though the first half..
The Chiefs out performed the Lincoln Railsplitters in every category. Canarsie totalled 200 more offensive yards and was more efficient passing, except for a single interception.
The Chiefs’ defensive unit sustained its intensity in the second quarter as Lincoln refused to let up. Tackle Neil Hanford and guard Kyrell Bankhead (two sacks, seven tackles) lead the charges. Together they block holes and stopped runs. Teammate Chris Alceus had 9 tackles resulting in losses for the Railsplitters.
The second half was a seesaw battle with neither team managing to score despite fiery plays, numerous Canarsie mistakes, resulting in punts and Lincoln fumble recoveries. But late in the third quarter, the Chief’s outstanding running back, Kendall Wilson, who rushed for 192 yards, dashed 12 yards into the end zone. Harvey added a running two-point conversion, extending the Chiefs lead to 16-0.
Early in the final quarter, Lincoln’s offense came alive. The Railsplitters got to Canarsie’s six, then inched their way to the one before scoring on a fourth and goal. Lincoln attempted a two-point conversion, but it was broken up by Curtis St. Rose.
With the clock ticking down to the end of the game, tight end Chris McHaire, who was celebrating his birthday on Sunday, rushed for 29 yards on six carries in the game, made his biggest run for a touchdown to cap off the day’s scoring.
After the game Head Coach Mike Camardese admitted, " We made too many mistakes, but played well when it counted. We cannot, make those kinds of mistakes against Curtis. It is going to be a battle. We cannot give penalties. Curtis is going to be tough, it is going to be a battle in our home next week."
He then reminded his team, "We have a big game next week, we must practice hard this week." Camardese was referring to this Saturday’s home game against Curtis High School.