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7-0! Comeback Secures Undefeated Regular Season

7-0! Comeback Secures Undefeated Regular Season for JV Football
Posted on 03/24/2019
7-0! Comeback Secures Undefeated Regular Season for JV Football

The Flatbush JV Flag Football Team came from behind for the third straight game, this time topping the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov Eagles on Sunday afternoon (3/24) by a score of 21-18 on the Turf Field at Lawrence HS in Cedarhurst, NY, completing an undefeated regular season and securing the top seed in the MFL Playoffs.

 celebration

Sunday signified the final game if the JV regular season, with the Falcons looking for a big-time performance from every member of the squad, as their perfect record was on the line, along with the potential top ranking heading into the playoffs. It would be a difficult task, as the opponents came in with a record almost as good as Flatbush’s, with only one loss on the season (to Yeshiva Darchei Torah, a team the falcons beat by the tiny margin of 7-6). Could Head Coach Teddy Beyda’s boys complete a sweep of the regular season?

 Coach Teddy Beyda

That possibility looked to be in serious doubt as the Falcons played uncharacteristic football for most of the first half. MAY jumped out to a 12-0 lead on two first half scoring drives, whose only blemish was the Falcons ability to deny the Eagles’ two conversion attempts. All the while, the Flatbush offense just could not find any rhythm. That changed, when Sophomore Quarterback Michael Smouha let loose a deep ball that fell into the waiting hands of Ronnie Novick, getting the Falcons on the board. Smouha connected with Isaac Soffer on the extra point to get the Falcons within 5 of the leading Eagles. But, MAY’s offense responded, adding another score before the end of the first half. Flatbush’s goal line defense again denied the conversion attempt. But, the Eagles were in control at the intermission, 18-7, and they would get the ball to start the second half.

 Smouha rolls out Isaac Soffer waits for the ball

It was gut check time for Flatbush, and Coach Beyda challenged his boys to step up and play the kind of defensive football that has been their trademark all season long. The Falcons responded. Jacob Kassin made a momentum-swinging play as he intercepted the Eagle quarterback on the first play of the second half. But, Smouha gave the ball – and the momentum – right back to MAY. The defense was not yielding, though. Flatbush came up with a stop, taking the ball back from the Eagles on downs. This time, Smouha made the possession count, hitting Soffer in stride downfield for the second Flatbush score of the game. The conversion failed, but Flatbush closed the gap to 18-13. The game was back in the hands of the defense, but it appeared as if the Falcons had solved the Eagle offensive game plan. Flatbush stopped the MAY attack, taking the ball back. Smouha then looked for an old reliable set of hands, and found them when he hit Sion Dweck way downfield for a go-ahead touchdown. Coach Beyda selected to go for 2, and Smouha hit Dweck again for the successful conversion.

 Sion Dweck waits for the ball Touchdown, Sion Dweck!

Flatbush had the lead for the first time all afternoon. It was now up to the defense to make it stand up. With Kassin shadowing the dangerous MAY signal caller, the Falcons shut down the MAY attack, taking back the ball. Smouha engineered a final drive, exhausting the final seconds off the clock, securing the 21-18 victory – and an undefeated regular season!

 Jubilation!

NEST NOTES: The win put the Falcons record at 7-0, finishing the MFL regular season in sole possession of 1st Place. The team will face either Rambam or Mesivta Shaare Pruzdor in the semifinals on Sunday, March 31 (game time TBA). Should they prevail, they will play for the MFL Championship later in the afternoon against the winner of the second semifinal between YDT and MAY (who finished the season in second and third place respectively). The games will be played in the home facility of the MFL – the Turf Field at Lawrence HS in Cedarhurst, Long Island.

(photos courtesy of Alan Frastai)

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