The Tigers struck early with a strong aerial attack, as star quarterback Frank Laino delivered a 24-yard strike to Joshua Horton to take an early 6-0 lead. The Wolves quickly countered in the first quarter with a short touchdown run by running back Tyriese Defrieitas to tie the game at 6, but that would be all the offense that the Wolves would generate, as the Tigers’ all around play was just too much for Grand Street to handle. The Wolves could only muster 196 total yards, with only 66 of them coming from the air. Quarterback Justin Andujar struggled, throwing no touchdowns and two interceptions. The one bright spot for the Wolves was the stellar play of Defreitas, who rushed for 119 yard on 19 carries, including a 30 yard burst in the third quarter.
Overall Grand Street just couldn’t seem to establish a passing game, as many balls were dropped due to the pressure that was placed by the Tigers defense. Fort Hamilton also was able to sack Andujar twice, including two tipped passes. With the loss, Grand Street Campus fell to 0-6 and last place in the PSAL varsity division, while the Tigers improve to (7-0) and remain tied for the top spot.
After finishing 8-1 and earning a playoff berth last season, Grand Street is clearly in a rebuilding season. The Wolves’ team is almost entirely composed of sophomores and juniors, as most of last season’s key players graduated. There are some aspects that Grand Street Campus can look forward to, such as the up and coming talent of the junior varsity team which has great depth and will make next year a more competitive team, and the young varsity team which can only improve with time. Coach Eddie Gazzillo believes that his team is very much a work in progress and has a promising future. Despite the dismal season, the Wolves appeared upbeat and determined to win some games. Head coach Gazzillo can only hope that he doesn’t have to wait until next year for this to happen.