2001-11-22 / Top Stories

Chiefs Rout Falcons 34-9; Face Lions In Semifinal Round

Chiefs Rout Falcons 34-9; Face Lions In Semifinal Round

By Ronald Quartimon

The Canarsie Chiefs continued on their quest to the New York City High School Football Championship last Saturday as they rolled over the August Martin Falcons 34-9 in a quarterfinal rematch that was similar to their season-opening win against the Queens team.

The Chiefs dominating running game was the key as the offense, powered by an aggressive, take charge offensive line and a fleet-footed Kendall Wilson (23 rushes for 139 yards, 3 touchdowns), motored for more than 400 yards on the ground.

Wilson was afforded tremendous blocking all afternoon by Canarsie’s offensive line which controlled the line of scrimmage. In addition, Chiefs’ fullback Miguel Reyes carried the ball 13 times for 94 yards, including a 54-yard run which set up a Wilson touchdown.

"Everyone was blocking; the whole offensive line and even the quarterback blocked" said Reyes after his 54 yard jaunt.

The Falcons seized the early momentum on the wings of quarterback Jason Boyce (6 for 16, 158 yards) and Shain Smith (3 receptions 108 yards), by taking the opening kick-off and soaring into Chief’s territory. This drive, which lasted a little under four minutes, resulted in a 32-yard field goal by Anthony Pittman. It turned out to be the Falcons most sustained drive of the first half. It was brought to a screeching halt by a A tenacious and stingy Chiefs defense prevented a touchdown on this drive and held off the Falcons offense for most of the afternoon.

Following the field goal, the Chiefs’ offense took possession of the ball and control of the game on three consecutive scoring drives, including a 70 yard run by senior quarterback John Harvey (9 carries for 164 yards). Harvey’s run was a demonstration of the sheer will, determination and dominance displayed by the Chief’s offensethroughout the game, as he wrestled away from tacklers en route to the end zone.

"Everybody is doing great, our offensive line is doing great...We just wanted to come out and do what we had to do to win this game," Harvey said about the early success his team had in scoring against the Falcons.

Despite trailing after the field goal, Head Coach Mike Green’s Falcons never gave up. As the first half wound down, the Falcons once again found themselves with a chance to score deep in Canarsie territory following a 20-yard pass from Boyce to Smith and a 15-yard run by Trevor Shamblee. Facing first down on the Chiefs’ 18, Canarsie’s red zone defense took over with an interception by cornerback Lennox Halstead on a 12 yard pass Boyce pass intended for Smith in the end zone. The Chiefs took possession, ran out the clock and led 22-3 at halftime.

In the second half Canarsie extended its lead as Miguel Reyes bounded almost untouched into the end zone from nine yards out. Now facing a 28-3 deficit the Falcons finally pierced the tough Canarsie defense as Shain Smith leaped over two defenders to snag the pigskin on a 38-yard touchdown reception from Boyce, making the score 28-9.

August Martin continued the pressure by recovering the ensuing on-side kick but was unable to advance the ball as the Chief’ defense held their ground.

Both the Canarsie offense and defense continued to dominate the remainder of the game. Canarsie’s finakl tally came on Wilson’s third touchdown run and an interception by Curtis St. Rose killed an August Martin drive.

After the game Canarsie Head Coach Camardese said, "Every week we’ve been working hard, getting better and today it showed. They have some big play guys on their team, a lot of talent. We wanted to come out, play hard against them and make some big plays of our own."

The Chiefs travel to the Bronx this Saturday to face the undefeated Lehman Lions at Clinton field in a semifinal game. The winner goes to the December 2nd PSAL championship game.

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