The last time these two teams played each other, Erasmus Hall was forced to overcome a 16 point deficit with four minutes remaining to come back and beat Fort Hamilton. This time it was much easier for the Erasmus Hall Dutchmen as they beat the Fort Hamilton Tigers 26-14 behind a balanced offensive attack and strong defense at Sid Luckman Field in the PSAL quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Dutchmen came out attacking as Keon Gravenhise ran the ball three times in the first drive and set up a 17-yard touchdown run from Kefa Cort just four minutes into the game.
Fort Hamilton answered back when sophomore Troy Booker ran in a 10-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 7-6.
Erasmus Hall followed that up with a big second quarter that saw Jahsen Wint give the Dutchmen a 14-6 lead after a two-yard touchdown run and then Aaron John made it 20-6 after he scooped up a fumble following a devastating hit on Sharif Legree by Deonte Roberts. Jahquel Webb capped off the half with a nine-yard touchdown run that made it 26-6.
There wasn’t much action in the second half as both defenses stepped up. Erasmus Hall’s defense especially shined after quarterback Aaron Grant threw an interception to Devon Watts that was returned 75 yards to the 10. However, Fort Hamilton failed to score and eventually turned the ball over on downs. That play made Legree’s fourth quarter touchdown somewhat meaningless.
With the offense so spread out, nobody on Erasmus Hall really stood out offensively. Shavar Brathwaite probably had the best offensive game as he had 64 yards rushing and 28 yards receiving. Cort had 68 total yards, Trinton Campbell had 51 yards on two kick returns. Nobody else had as many as 30 total yards though.
John, Campbell and Tysene Foster each had a sack. Jacob Croker also recovered a fumble.