Erasmus Hall nearly fell into a trap against South Shore, but thanks to its strong defense the Dutchmen managed to come-from-behind to beat the Vikings 14-12 at Sid Luckman Field in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED: South Shore grabbed an early 12-0 lead in the first quarter when Timothy Bowers scored on a two-yard run following a successful onside kick attempt and then a bad snap led to a 27-yard fumble return by Omar Jarrett.
Erasmus Hall, who has the best defense in Brooklyn and probably New York City right now, stopped the Vikings there. Officially, Erasmus Hall had seven sacks including three from Andre Francis and three from Tysene Foster, but six different players were involved on keeping the pressure up on South Shore’s sophomore quarterback Jason Martin including Deonte Roberts, Duran Campbell, Aaron John and Giancarlo Jean Joseph.
Erasmus Hall took a 14-12 lead midway through the third quarter thanks to an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keon Gravenhise.
TURNING POINT: Late in the fourth quarter South Shore had an amazing chance at winning the game when it had a first-and-goal at the nine-yard-line. If fact, it would have won if it had a kicker on the team. However, as is common in the Public School Athletic League, the Vikings are without a reliable kicker so they tried, and failed, to run the ball into the endzone with Erasmus Hall’s defense providing the brick wall.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Erasmus Hall clearly wasn’t at its best in this game, but thanks to Keon Gravenhise the Dutchmen were able to pull off the win. Gravenhise had the eventual game-winning touchdown in addition to 88 yards receiving.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “This was a trap game and we fell into it. I’m not going to lie, we came out here and we totally doubted them. We thought that we were going to blow them out from the start and didn’t take them seriously,” Keon Gravenhise after the game.
WHAT THIS MEANS: Erasmus Hall beat Lincoln but nearly fell to South Shore. Lincoln beat Grand Street, but barely and Fort Hamilton is lurking as a sneaky good team in the PSAL. This year, more than any other year I have covered football, a team other than Lincoln and Erasmus Hall (or Tottenville) can win the city title and that’s not because Lincoln or E-Hall have dropped off, but because other teams, such as South Shore, have finally caught up.
UP NEXT: Erasmus Hall must defeat Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge to stay undefeated this year while South Shore will look to rebound against Lehman.