Sharks Take A 14-6 Bite Out Of Canarsie Chiefs
Going into Saturday's game against host Sheeps-head Bay High School, the Canarsie High School varsity football squad knew that a win would im-prove its chances of acquiring a higher playoff seed, but a loss could put a damper on its postseason hopes.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs (4-3), their offense struggled and the defense couldn't stop the Shark's potent running attack (462 yards), as they lost, 14-6, dropping them to sixteenth in the PSAL power point rankings.
Sheepshead Bay senior running back Ayo Ishola Isijola, who rushed for 253 yards on 12 carries, bolted for a 71-yard touchdown run, just minutes into the contest to give the Sharks a 6-0 lead.
Sheepshead (5-2) recovered the ensuing kickoff in Canarsie territory, and it looked as if they were on the verge of a blowout, but the Chiefs' defense turned them aside.
The Chiefs failed to muster up any type of of-fense attack in the first half, but only trailed 6-0 at half time.
In the third period, after a long completion by quarterback Jarrel Turner to senior Julius Salazar, junior running back Steven Rene tied the game (6-6) on a 13-yard TD run. But the Chiefs failed to convert the two-point conversion attempt.
The teams traded blows in the fourth quarter, but a shanked six-yard punt gave the Sharks the pigskin at the Chiefs' 37-yard line. Sheepshead took advantage of the excellent field position and quickly moved the ball down the field. Junior Devontai Carlie capped the seven-play drive with a three-yard TD rush, and followed it up with a two-point conversion run to give Sheepshead a 14-6 advantage with over seven minutes remaining in the game.
A penalty and sack forced Canarsie to punt. How-ever, they weren't unable to get the ball back, as the Sharks used the ground game to run out the clock and secure the victory.
Sheepshead Bay held Canarsie to only 162 yards of offense, and limited Rene to 80 yards and one score. Turner completed 4 of 10 pass attempts for 59 yards. The usually capable Canarsie defense al-lowed a staggering 525 yards.
Although head coach Mike Camardese wasn't disappointed with his team's effort, he felt the mistakes ultimately doomed the Chiefs, who were tag-ged with a whopping nine penalties.
"We played hard today, but we made too many mistakes," Camardese said after the game. "Penal-ties killed us; the six-yard punt killed us. That was the difference in the game."
Canarsie hosts the Grady High School Falcons at noon this Saturday.