Tottenville foils Fort Hamilton at homecoming game

Tottenville 40 Fort Hamilton 12

It may be early in the season to say that this was a “must-win” game for the 0-2 Fort Hamilton Tigers, but a win on Homecoming Day would have given the Tigers a much-needed lift to put them on the plus side to start the season. Instead, the 1-1 Tottenville Pirates brought their balanced ground and air attack to keep Fort Hamilton winless early in the 2014 football season.

Tottenville’s quarterback Josh Rainey led the Pirates’ attack to take a dominating 24-0 lead by the half. In the third quarter, Sharif Legree found Juan Tejeda on a 20-yard pass in the corner of the end zone finally to put the Tigers on the board, 24-6. But the day belonged to the Pirates as Deion Barnes quickly scored his second touchdown of the game to put Tottenville up 31-6.

At the end of third quarter, the Tigers were called on a “holding in the end zone” penalty that resulted in a safety which was emblematic of Fort Hamilton’s frustrating day. In the fourth quarter, the Pirates scored once again on a 48-yard run by Josh Alvarez as the Tigers’ Noah Solano scored his first varsity touchdown on a three-yard sweep to conclude the game at 40-12 as time ran out.

“We were hoping to play them better than this,” stated Fort Hamilton Head Coach Dan Perez. “They’ve been one of the better football programs in the city for the past few years. We’re a young team and still have a lot of things to work on.” In the search of their first win of the season, the 0-3 Tigers will meet neighborhood rival New Utrecht in Dyker Heights next week.

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