2003-11-27 / Other News

Chiefs Defeat Knights To Vault Into PSAL Championship

By Eric Goodman
Chiefs Defeat Knights To Vault Into PSAL Championship

Chiefs Defeat Knights To Vault Into PSAL Championship

Sophomore speedster Jamal Schulters (#5) adds to his playoff yardage in last Saturday’s 35-12 win over Kennedy High School that earned the Chiefs’ berth in this week’s championship game. 		 Richard CohenSophomore speedster Jamal Schulters (#5) adds to his playoff yardage in last Saturday’s 35-12 win over Kennedy High School that earned the Chiefs’ berth in this week’s championship game. Richard Cohen

By Eric Goodman

A balanced scoring attack, leading to a 35-12 win, catapulted second-seeded Canarsie High School into this weekend’s PSAL championship game against top-seeded Tottenville High School.

Saturday’s defeat of John F. Kennedy High School in the semi-final matchup at Canarsie on Saturday saw Canarsie quarterback Jude Primus throw three touchdowns to three different receivers, while sophomore running back Jamal Schulters added two rushing TDs to set up the final at Midwood Field on Saturday, at noon.

The victory also marked the first time the Chiefs (11-0) will participate in the finals since 1994 when Schulters older brother Lance, now a safety with the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League, led the Chiefs to the championship game under head coach Mike Camardese.


Senior split end Doyen Grant (31) catches a Jude Primus bomb and runs it into the end zone to complete a 50-yard scoring play.        Richard CohenSenior split end Doyen Grant (31) catches a Jude Primus bomb and runs it into the end zone to complete a 50-yard scoring play. Richard Cohen

"Today we showed everyone that we’re not a one-dimensional team," said Camardese. "Both the offense and defense played exceptional."

With the championship berth, the Chiefs have erased memories of last year’s dismal 1-7 performance when they were known as the Thunder.

The Kennedy Knights threatened to score early in the game as its offense marched easily down the field to the Canarsie 16-yard line on its first possession. However, the stingy Canarsie defense stepped up as Thomas Massey and Ronnell Cummings combined to stop Kennedy running back Brandon Gonzalez on a crucial fourth down.

The Chiefs offense appeared to be playing with a sense of urgency after Kennedy’s impressive first drive and wasted no time putting the ball in the end zone. Schulters followed a 60-yard run to the Kennedy 10-yard line with a six-yard TD rush to put the Chiefs ahead. The sophomore, who had run for over 350 yards in the first two playoff games, added another 179 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Place kicker Darren Austin followed with the first of his five extra point kicks to give Canarsie an early 7-0 lead.

Schulters and junior running back Elijah Fleming combined for a few big rushes to put Canarsie on the Kennedy one-yard line on the next possession, but two penalties nullified two Canarsie touchdowns and set up a third and goal situation on the JFK 16-yard line. However, Primus hit senior Chris Macharie on an 11-yard pass on fourth down. Austin added the extra point to make it 14-0 early in the second quarter.

Canarsie continued to add unanswered as Primus connected with senior split end Doyen Grant on a 50-yard bomb to make it 21-0 with just over three minutes left in the first half.

The Chiefs got another opportunity to score before the close of the half as defensive back Stephan Williams recovered a Kennedy fumble on the Kennedy 26-yard line. After a holding penalty against the Chiefs, Primus threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end James Lawson to make it 28-0 on the last play of the half.

Kennedy came out in the second half playing like a desperate team. They opted for an opening onside kickoff, which they successfully recovered on the Canarsie 45-yard line. Knights’ quarterback Shaun Rodriquez hooked up with Khalil Salkey on a 45-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-6.

Canarsie responded as Schulters 3-yard touchdown rush and an extra point gave the Chiefs a 35-6 lead.

The Knights battled back to add another touchdown on a 22-yard rush by Salkey late in the third quarter but it was too little too late for the Bronx high school.

If Canarsie defeats Tottenville, it will be the Chiefs first football crown since 1981.

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