Here’s a look at today’s Fifth Quarter, including items on Brewster, Saunders, Port Chester and the four Section 1 defenses yet to allow a point:
When he took control last spring, Ed Mulvihill hoped to restore pride in the football program and return a Friday night lights atmosphere to Brewster. Through two weeks, the Bears’ new varsity coach has done that, and his team has energized the community.
Mulvihill has been inundated with congratulatory text messages, e-mails and phone calls from well-wishers after dramatic home wins over Horace Greeley and Nyack.
“It’s been good to hear from a lot of the old-timers,” Mulvihill said.
Brewster has generated positive vibes for good reason. The Bears had just one winning season and posted a 22-40 record in the seven years since Brian Walsh left in 2005. Contrast that with Walsh’s 166-79-6 mark during his 26-year tenure.
“It’s been the players,” said Mulvihill, a 1982 Brewster graduate who played and coached under Walsh. “I’m just doing the same things we used to do.”
The offense has relied on seniors Brian McNeil and Fernando Solis and received key contributions from sophomores Kyle Catalano and Joe Buonadonna, who scored the winning touchdown to beat Nyack 27-24 in overtime. Junior Frank Golinello, a run-stopping defensive end, already has 32 tackles to lead the defense.
Brewster visits Port Chester (2-0) this week and hosts Saunders (2-0) the week after. Still, the program’s first winning season since 2008 seems well within reach, although players have been warned about looking ahead.
“We haven’t done anything yet and they know that,” Mulvihill said. “We keep playing that up. We’re on our way to getting things back to where they should be, but we still have a long way to go.”
Rams’ risk is their reward: Port Chester ran one offensive play in the second half of Saturday’s 21-20 shocker over Byram Hills — a 95-yard pass from Trevor Chambless to C.J. Falk. Coach Greg Domestico said his staff diagrammed the play on a whiteboard at halftime, moving Falk, their fullback, to receiver in the formation.
The Rams ran the play after stuffing Byram Hills on fourth down at the 5-yard line.
“When we got the ball back, it felt like a good time to run it,” Domestico said. “We knew with the ball on the 5-yard line, everybody would be expecting us to run. Plus, we didn’t know if we’d get the ball back. And we didn’t.”
Saunders, ’Cisco surging: Senior Francisco Wilson-King scored four touchdowns on Saturday against Lincoln after a 132-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 1 against Gorton.
The all-section back now has 14 touchdowns in his last four games dating back to last season.
Saunders has won those last four games and is now 5-6 in the last 11 under second-year coach Mel Carrozza. Before the 2011 season-opening win over Riverside, Saunders had not won a varsity game since Oct. 11, 2008.
Extra point: Four Section 1 teams have yet to allow a point: North Rockland (34-0 points for/against), Lakeland (81-0), Rye Neck (91-0) and Tuckahoe (44-0). Only Rye Neck is guaranteed to carry that distinction into Week 4; the Panthers are idle this week.