Curtis corrals Tigers for second season loss

Curtis 32 Fort Hamilton 18

“We showed some fight today”, said Assistant Fort Hamilton Coach Rodney Knight.  Although they showed some more fight this week the Tigers’ opposition still scored 32 points against them for a second consecutive week in a row for Fort Hamilton’s second loss of the 2012 season.  Playing rival Curtis at St. George in Staten Island, the Tigers tied the Warriors 6-6 as Fort Hamilton quarterback Adrian Maldonado finished off a 70 yard drive on a one yard push into the end zone.

Running out the reach of Tigers’ Hartin Gjonbalaj, Curtis’ Kevin Austin (#5) is en route to his third touchdown of the game as he passes in front of the Fort Hamilton bench and coaching staff.

Lynell Robinson’s Curtis defender is caught on pass interference play giving the Tigers a first and ten at the Curtis 15 yard line.In the second quarter Curtis broke the 6-6 tie on 15 yard pass play to Elijah Caldwell and a 60 yard punt return by Isaiah Kelson to make the score 18-6.  Lynell Robinson’s interception stopped Curtis’ final drive just before the end of the half.

Both teams were held scoreless in a the third quarter as the Tigers showed “the fight” that Coach Knight had described as the Fort Hamilton defense held Curtis on the 16 yard line on a 4th and five to end the third quarter.

Eventually their “fight” further carried the Tigers onto the scoreboard as Maldonado connected with Lynell Robinson on a 45 yard pass play to put Fort Hamilton within one score of Curtis, 18-12.  Following the Tigers’ score, Curtis struck right back with a death blow on two touchdown runs by Kevin Austin to put the game out of reach of the Tigers, 32-12 with six minutes left in the game.

Fort Hamilton defender Khalif Tulloch (#44) is posed to stop Curtis’ Kevin Austin he leaps over his lineman on a first down attempt.

After Daquan Glover made a 60 yard kick off return, Adrian Maldonado made on final push for the Tigers on a 3 yard plunge to make the final score 32-18.  “We showed some fight today, but we’ve got to do better”, said Head Coach Dan Perez.  “We played down to the last whistle today.  We’ll continue to get better as we practice next week.”  For next week’s contest the 0-2 Tigers will venture to the Bronx to take on the always competitive Governors of Clinton High.