Led by five-star recruit and Notre Dame commit Jay Hayes, Poly Prep is loaded with talent this year and showed off why it’s one of the best teams in Brooklyn when it dominated Fort Hamilton 35-6 in a preseason scrimmage at home on Saturday.
The Poly Prep Blue Devils were running wild. Fort Hamilton just couldn’t do anything to stop them and then when it came to their own offense, Fort Hamilton couldn’t get anything done there either.
“We’ve been practicing like this all summer; we’re ready,” said Poly Prep quarterback Chris Parker. “We came out here ready and you saw it right away when we rammed the ball down their throats in the first quarter.”
More than anything, this game was a welcome to Brooklyn party for Poly running back Brenden Femiano. Femiano, a junior transfer from St. Anthony’s, rushed for three touchdowns and blocked a punt all before the first half was over.
“He’s been doing that in every practice so we weren’t surprised by how good he was,” Hayes said of Femiano. “He’s from St. Anthony’s so he’s coming from a powerhouse football program.”
“As soon as we heard that he was moving to Brooklyn, we knew that we had to have him,” Poly Prep coach Dino Mangiero said.
Femiano scored the first two touchdowns on a 15-yard run and a one-yard run to put the Blue Devils up 14-0 in the first. In the second Parker took it himself for a 14-yard run that made it 21-0. Femiano then added another touchdown, on a four-yard run, to make it 28-0 going into the half.
Meanwhile, Fort Hamilton couldn’t do anything. On their first drive there was a turnover on downs and then Poly blocked punts on the next two Fort Hamilton drives. Finally on their fourth drive, the Tigers at least managed to get a punt off and Parker nearly returned it for a touchdown.
Fort Hamilton finally broke when Shariff LeGree threw a 10-yard touchdown pass with 3:21 left in the third quarter to make it 28-6. They weren’t coming back though and Poly Prep’s Devon Rose made sure of that by grabbing a 25-yard touchdown pass from Parker to put the game out of reach 35-6.