Pirates sink Governors’ football ship
By Andy Gross
Sometimes even a thorough football thrashing on a dismal day can have its bright side.
The Dewitt Clinton Governors ran into a disciplined and determined Tottenville High School football team Sunday and lost to the Pirates 34-6.
Clinton’s lone touchdown came well after the game was decided.
Clinton not only fell from the unbeaten ranks, but also was totally outplayed by the Pirates in every aspect of the game.
“Sometimes getting it handed to you is not always a bad thing,” said Clinton Coach Howard Langley. “We learned we have a lot of work to do. The team didn’t quit, but it didn’t play well, either.”
Langley praised the Pirates for being tough and good while executing their offense and defense efficiently.
The Staten Island-based team is now 3-2.
The young Governors, who feature a number of underclassmen, punted five times in the fist half, were assessed at least five penalties, dropped several passes and gained only one first down.
Unofficially, sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris completed only three passes during the game. In his first four games, Harris went 24-50 for 472 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sunday, Harris was sacked twice and harassed by Tottenville’s hard-nosed defense all game.
Clinton dropped to 4-1.
Tottenvile running back Andrew Russo shredded Clinton’s porous defense for 150 yards on 18 carries.
After the loss, Langley told his team to work toward improving the remainder of the season.
“This is a serious lesson,” Langley said. “We left the entire game on the field. We can use this game as a barometer of where we are, and we are not there yet. It’s back to the drawing board.”
Clinton came into Sunday’s game averaging 30.5 points per game but scored its only touchdown when their quarterback Harris hit senior running back Karog Smith with a 77-yard pass for a score with 6:10 left in the game.
The Pirates were up 31-0 at the half on four touchdowns and a 32-yard field goal.
Tottenville’s head coach Jim Munson pulled most of his starters in the second half.
Tottenville scored early and often.
Junior quarterback Joshua Rainey connected with Deion Barnes for a 21-yard touchdown with 10:31 left in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, Rainey found James Munson for a five-yard score. Rainey, who went 11-18 for 160 yards connected again with Munson, this time for a 35-yard catch and run touchdown with 2:50 left in the first half.
The Pirates scored all of their points after touchdowns and kicker Sal Henrique made two field goals, both longer than 30 yards.
Clinton will look to get back on track during its Saturday, Oct. 12 game against Herbert H. Lehman High School.