2001-11-15 / Top Stories

Chiefs Advance After Edging Bayside 18-15

By Vaughn Nembhard

By Vaughn Nembhard

The Canarsie Chiefs moved one step closer to a PSAL football championship last Saturday as they edged the Bayside Commodores, 18-15, in a first round playoff contest.

The Chiefs found themselves in familiar position they’d been in three previous times this season. The Commodores wasted no time in finding the end zone. The early score put Canarsie behind 7-0 early in the game after the 3-6 Bayside team gave them a bit of deja vu from their season finale against Sheepshead Bay a week earlier.

"We’ve been down so many times this season, it really didn’t bother us," said Head Coach Mike Camardese in post game remarks.

"This was no ordinary 14th seed," Camardese told his team after the game. " You beat a very good football team."

After Bayside scored the Chiefs mounted a scoring drive from deep in their own territory. Canarsie senior quarterback John Harvey connected with wide receiver Kevin Lawrence on a 75 yard pass play, for a touchdown midway through he first quarter. The two-point conversion came up short as the Chiefs trailed 7-6.

As they did against the Sharks on November 3rd, Canarsie again squandered several scoring opportunities, which could have out them way ahead of Bayside. Dropped passes by Canarsie receivers also made it difficult for them to gain any offensive momentum.

Late in the second quarter Harvey handed off to running back Kendall Wilson who found his way to the end zone. At halftime Canarsie led 12-7.

But as the third quarter began, the determined Commodores tried to show they were not down despite the score, but were kept out of the end zone by the tenacious Canarsie defense..

Late in the third quarter, the Chiefs’ persistence paid off as Miguel Reyes barreled his way into the end zone, give Canarsie a 2 touchdown lead, 18-6.

The Chiefs seemed in control at this point but were shocked at the start of the fourth when Bayside cornerback Andre Lewis ran the ball 80 yards for a touchdown to put the Commodores in striking range. Bayside got closer when they made the two-point conversion as Drew Williams made a fine catch in the end zone leaving the Commodores trailing, 18-15.

The Chiefs best friend at this point was the clock, as they had a slim lead and needed to get out of their own territory and not commit any turnovers and allow Bayside’s excellent kicker within field goal range to tie the score..

However, this never happened as the Chiefs coaching staff forced the Commodores to use their last time out to try and slow the game in their favor. Too much time had elapsed and the Chiefs ran out the clock, giving them the victory and the opportunity to move to this weekend’s quarterfinal games.

When asked about being in the comeback situation after the game, Harvey said, "We knew we could come back, as last week woke us up."

The Chiefs’ opponent will be August Martin (6-3). Kickoff is scheduled for Noon this Saturday at Frank Morgiello Field aka "The House of Pain."

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