2007-11-07 / Sports

Bryant Beats Flushing, Gains Playoff Berth

BY DAN MILLER

Bryant running back Justin Polizzi scores one of his two touchdowns in the second quarter, this one for 10 yards. Two extra kicks after the touchdown by quarterback/kicker Nicholas Dais was all Bryant needed to defeat Flushing and earn a spot in the PSAL playoffs.  Photos Dan Miller/DMD Images Bryant running back Justin Polizzi scores one of his two touchdowns in the second quarter, this one for 10 yards. Two extra kicks after the touchdown by quarterback/kicker Nicholas Dais was all Bryant needed to defeat Flushing and earn a spot in the PSAL playoffs. Photos Dan Miller/DMD Images More than 100 dedicated high school football spectators came out to Flushing Memorial Field last week to see the Bryant Owls (7-1) face off against Flushing (5- 3) in a game that would decide if Bryant went to the playoffs. Those who came to the game were not disappointed- they saw two good teams put on a display of ball control that eventually left Bryant the victor with a spot in the PSAL boys' football playoffs.

Bryant scored the only two touchdowns of the game on runs of one and 10 yards by Justin Polizzi (No. 21), a running back and the team's leading rusher. The two points after touchdown were scored on successful kicks by quarterback/place kicker Nicholas Dais. Dais also punted three times for 120 yards, an average of 40 yards per punt.

Bryant accomplished the victory in spite of playing without their team's second leading rusher, Darro Clarke, who had rushed for 503 yards in seven games before sustaining a season-ending injury just two weeks ago. Dais went 4 for 7 for 78 yards in the air, passing the ball to four different receivers. Fewlipe Cardozo had one catch for 30 yards; Justin Polizzi had one catch for 22 yards; Stephon Kelly had one catch for 17 yards, and Markus Boisrond had one catch for three yards.

On the defensive side, Bryant defender Mario Yu led all players with seven tackles. He was supported by teammates Dean Brown with three tackles and one sack, Willkis Reyes with three tackles and one fumble recovery and Kelly with three tackles.

Flushing's team-leading rusher, Jordan Beranger, a sophomore, came into this game with 509 yards and in 12th place in the race for the division rushing title. Flushing's quarterback, Wildecson Lincifort (No. 12), was also in 12th place for rushing touchdowns. Neither was a factor in this game that saw the Bryant defense shut down the Flushing offense in 60 minutes of this hardplayed high school varsity football game.

When asked how nervous his players were going into this game that would decide whether they made the playoffs, Head Coach Carl Brosnan said, "They were very loosie goosie going into this game. The players were very loose."

"I can't tell you how proud I am of you. You are the first team ever for Bryant to make the playoffs." Brosnan told the playoff bound Bryant Owls. "I'm happy for you guys. I am happy. I am a Bryant Owl. My father [Joseph Brosnan] is a Bryant Owl." Brosnan introduced his two sisters, Diane and Loretta, who graduated Bryant in 1980 and 1982 as "two more Bryant Owls". He added, "In spite of the fact [we had] no JV, no field, when everyone told us to fold, we stuck it out and now we are going to the playoffs." Brosnan has been teaching for 27 years. "This is my 21st as head coach," he said. "I was volunteer JV coach two years before that. I was a player at Bryant also." He played football for three years at Bryant, one year JV and two years varsity as guard and linebacker He graduated Bryant in 1976.

Bryant has one more game on the regular season schedule against playoff-bound John Adams H.S. from South Queens. The game will be played at the Adams home field on Saturday November 10 at noon.

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