Canarsie Routs JFK, 22-0, In Grid Season Opener
Going into Friday night's season opener against JFK High School, Canarsie's High School football squad knew it would have to rely on a balanced offense attack in order to score points, as a high-ankle sprain sidelined senior tailback Steven Rene, last year's leading PSAL rusher.
To make matters worse, running back Andrew Stephen was also out with an injury. Nevertheless, running back Saquan "Lloyd" Peters, quarterback Jarrel Turner, and receiver Sosha Callender picked up the slack and led the Chiefs to a 22-0 road victory over the Knights.
Peters was rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. Turner dissected JFK's defense, completing 10 of 20 passes for 136 yards, with Callender grabbing 5 passes for 77 yards.
The Chief defense chipped in as linebacker Rudy Boyd recorded a team-high 13 tackles, and defensive end Trenell Willis registered two sacks.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, but Peters found the end zone with a little over 5 minutes left in the half to give the Chiefs a 6-0 lead.
Canarsie recovered a fumble on the Knight's ensuing possession, and wasted little time as Peters scored his second touchdown of the game. Turner completed a pass to tight end E-Jazz Salley for the two-point conversion to extend its advantage 14-0 going into the locker room.
Lady Luck seemed to be on Canarsie's side in the fourth quarter. With the Chiefs in JFK's red zone, Peters bolted for a score, but fumbled right before the goal line. Fortunately for the Chiefs, junior running back Leon Henry pounced on the pigskin in the end zone for the touchdown.
Peters redeemed himself as he scampered in for the two-point conversion run to make it 22-0 and put the contest out of reach.
The stalwart Chief defense was up to task as they held off JFK to preserve the shut out in the closing minutes.
Before the game, Canarsie head coach Mike Camardese publicly questioned his team's spirit and effort in the pre-season. However, the 22-0 drubbing of the Knights had him thinking differently.
Camardese said after the game, "They had a great effort. We pushed them hard in practice this week. I've been riding them a lot, and it seemed to work tonight. I am proud of the way they played."
In Saturday's noon home opener, the Chiefs host Abraham Lincoln High School.