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Chiefs lose in an season-opening squeeker - Fort Hamilton Tigers have enough bite to defeat Canarsie rivals

The difference between a 2-0 and a 1-1 record was a matter of just two points this past week in PSAL football. After scoring the overtime, game-tying touchdown, Fort Hamilton capitalized on a 2-point conversion to beat Canarsie 22-20 in an extra session.

In a game that needed overtime, Fort Hamilton took advantage of a 2-point conversion after scoring the game-tying touchdown to edge Canarsie 22-20. But the game started out on a quick pace for the Tigers as WR James Howell caught a 34-yard touchdown reception from QB Frank Laino. Fort Hamilton was unable to punch in a 2-point conversion, although they had the 6-0 first quarter lead.

Without a score for either team in the second quarter, the third quarter started off with a bang as Canarsie RB Steven Rene, on the first play of the second half, took a 62-yard run to “the house” for a score. The drive was capped with a 2-point conversion and Canarsie had a 8-6 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Tigers RB Gardner Robinson capped an 8-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run as Laino ran in a 2-point conversion to put the Tigers back up 14-8. But Steven Rene would answer right back. On the second play of the drive, he had a 56-yard touchdown run to tie the contest at 14 apiece after Canarsie missed an extra points opportunity.

In overtime, Rene struck again, this time, taking home a 20-yard run for a score. The team led 20-14 after a missed extra-points opportunity. With the ball on the Chiefs’ 20-yard line, Fort Hamilton milked the Canarsie defense for a 7-play drive that was concluded by RB Gardner Robinson’s 1-yard touchdown run, but there was still the extra points opportunity.

With the game tied at 20, Laino dropped back and threw up a pass to WR Taurel Price, who stood tall in the right corner of the endzone to end the game with a two-point conversion to put Fort Hamilton over the top 22-20.

“We just knew that this was a tough game,” said Fort Hamilton QB Frank Laino. “We had a great week of practice and we just came out hard against them. Once we got into overtime, it was like the first quarter again. We needed to bring it hard again.”

Midwood QB Colin Hannay completed 5-of-9 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown for a 24-14 taming of Lehman. Hannay also had six carries for 78 yards. WR Denzel Belgravephilber had 4 receptions for 34 yards and 1 touchdown.

Sheepshead Bay RB Ayo Ishola Isijola had 12 carries for 78 yards and both of the Sharks touchdowns but was edged by Curtis, 22-16. QB Joel Bowen connected on 5-of-10 passes for 27 yards in the defeat.

In the lowest scoring contest of the week, Tottenville was able to sail past South Shore 6-0. The Vikings only managed a total of 127 offensive yards.

Brooklyn Tech only scored two touchdowns in the entire contest, both came on the wheels of QB Peter Mackins. Mackins had nine carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Mackins scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.

The Kangaroos did an amazing job of spreading their scoring chances around. WR Wilbert Lee scored a touchdown on an 82-yard kick return, RB Khalif Osson had a scoring run, and WR Darnell Underwood caught a touchdown reception.

Falcons QB Kenny Leveille completed 12-of-14 passes for 181 yards and 4 touchdowns, 3 of which went to WR Sylvester Mitchell. Mitchell had 4 receptions for 33 yards.

The Railsplitters only managed to put up 2 scores against New Dorp as they dropped their second straight, 44-12 to New Dorp. Lincoln RB Andrew Vital had 4 rushes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

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