The Flatbush Boys Varsity Flag Football team earned its first win ever when they dispatched the Rambam Ravens on Sunday afternoon (11/12) by the score of 19-6 on the Lawrence High School turf field in Lawrence, NY.
The first half of the game was a defensive battle, and Flatbush’s effort was spearheaded by Sophomore Joey Maswary. Maswary recorded a team-high 5 sacks, all in the first half! He was on his way to a stellar day, when his afternoon came to an early end when he came face to foot with stray cleat after getting pushed from behind by a Rambam lineman. The play resulted in a bruised chest from how he landed, as well as multiple stitches to his forehead.
Meanwhile, the offense made an early statement, being the first team to put points on the board when new Flatbush Quarterback Sol Laniado connected on a deep ball with Receiver David Cohen. The extra point from the 5-yard line was successfully converted, and the Falcons took an early 7-0 lead. The defense made it stand up for the remainder of the half, and Flatbush took the lead into halftime.
Faltbush opened the second half with a quick strike, adding 6 more points to their lead when Laniado found Jack Benun behind the Raven defense connecting on a bomb for a score on the opening drive of the 3rd Quarter. Defensively, the vacuum left by the injured Maswary was filled by fellow lineman Ness Bawabeh, who collected 4 sacks in the second half. Meanwhile, the offense now looked to work the clock, running a conservative package of plays to maintain control of the ball and reduce the risk of turning the ball over.
Head Coach Murray Tawil went back to the original game plan, though, when Rambam scored a touchdown on a fluke play (the Falcons believed the play had ended, when in fact it was not whistled dead by the officials and the Raven ball carrier waltzed into the end zone for 6 points). Laniado answered the Raven score with a rushing touchdown of his own to cap a complete effort in his first action of the season. With two minutes left in the game, Alex Mikhli sealed the win from from his Defensive Back position, picking of the Ravens quarterback, virtually ending the game.
Flatbush recorded its first interscholastic football win ever, 19-6!
NEST NOTES: Flatbush has little time to enjoy the victory as they have a quick turnaround before their next game. They will return to the field on Wednesday night, November 15, when the play the first of two games at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. They will face the YDE Thunder, with kickoff set for 8:15 pm at the facility located inside Gateway National Recreation Area.