Chiefs Fourth Quarter Rally Earns Win Over Bulldogs
For three quarters last Saturday, the third-seeded Canarsie High School varsity football team failed to muster an offensive threat against Campus Magnet High School, and looked as if it might lose its first-round PSAL playoff before a noisy home crowd.
However, as they have done many times this season, the Chiefs rallied and scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat the 12th-seeded Bulldogs, 24-12.
The teams played to a first half stale-mate before the Bulldogs broke through with a touchdown by senior running back James Johnson at the 6:42 mark in the third quarter.
After an interception of senior quar-terback Sha Tim Pratt, Campus Mag-net then drove 33 yards for its second score of the game to increase the lead to 12-0 in the same period.
But a 17-yard touchdown strike by Pratt to senior receiver Deandre Hall, followed by a successful two-point conversion narrowed the gap at 12-8 in the fourth quarter, and began Can-arsie's thrilling comeback.
After the Chiefs' defense held Cam-pus Magnet on the next possession, sophomore running back Steven Rene scampered for a score, and another two-point conversion gave Canarsie its first lead of the game at 16-12.
Once again, Canarsie's defense came up big, as it thwarted the Bulldogs on fourth and inches. On the next play, Pratt connected with junior Julius Brown for a 37-yard touchdown reception. Chiefs' senior running back Brandon Jones capped the scoring at 24-14 to seal the victory with a two-point con-version run.
The Chiefs amassed 270 yards of total offense. Pratt was eight of 14 for 146 yards and two TDs. Rene had 75 of Canarsie's 124 rushing yards and Jones added 29 on 12 touches.
Pleased with his team's resolve and ability to comeback in the fourth quarter, Canarsie head coach Mike Camar-dese praised his coaching staff for keeping them in the contest.
"I'm very proud of them (players). We didn't quit," Camardese told the Courier after the game. "That's the key. A lot of teams would've stopped playing; we didn't stop. That's a credit to my coaches and players."
The Chiefs host JFK High School this Saturday at noon in a second-round playoff match. The winner earns a berth in the quarterfinals.