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Kangaroos earn bounce back win over Clinton

Brooklyn Daily

Boys & Girls coach Clive Harding understands that his team is best known for its multi-back running attack, so fans often don’t pay much attention to the contributions of quarterback Dashawn Brice.

“I think he is underrated because when people think about us they think all we can do is run the ball,” Harding said.

But the senior could not be ignored against visiting DeWitt Clinton as he and the passing game flourished in an important 20–14 win in Public School Athletic League City conference football on Saturday afternoon.

Brice completed 6 of 7 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and ran for a 3-yard score. He also lobbed a key 25-yard pass to Hollis Superville on third down to keep the second touchdown drive alive.

“Dashawn is a great leader, a great quarterback,” Harding said. “He comes up big.”

The victory allowed the Kangaroos (5–2) to right themselves after a disappointing loss to Port Richmond the week before. It keeps them in the top eight in the standings and avoids a potential downward spiral.

“This was a big bounce back,” Brice said.

His team took a 14–0 half-time lead thanks to a dominant performance by Wesley Gibbons, Julian Johnson and the rest of the defensive line. Boys had five first-half sacks and Rolin Arzu added an interception. Arzu, who rushed for 125 yards on seven carries, had an 11-yard touchdown run and Brice added a 2-yard keeper to provide the lead.

The Kangaroos’ control of the game was threatened on Clinton’s open drive in the second half. A long punt return from Chelsey Carter and a personal foul call put the Governors (4–3) in the red zone. Instead of allowing a potential momentum-shifting score, two plays later Superville recovered a fumble by Clinton running back Clive McCormack in the end zone for a touchback.

“That was huge,” Harding said. “Sometimes you have to be a little bit lucky too.”

Arzu completed the momentum swing when he took the next play 79-yards from scrimmage to the Clinton 9-yard line after juking free of two defenders around midfield. Three plays later Brice connected with Isaiah Caldwell for a 12-yard touchdown to put Boys & Girls up 20–0 with 5:35 left in the third quarter.

“The coach put the ball in my hand and I had to make something happen,” Arzu said.

Clinton got back into the game thanks much impart to costly Boys & Girls penalties. McCormack rushed for a 9-yard score early in the fourth quarter Harris added a 2-yard keeper for a touchdown to make 20–14 with 2:35 left in the game.

The Kangaroos were able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock to secure an important win over a team ranked higher in the standings coming in.

“It’s very hard to win a game,” Harding said. “It was hard to put this one away. That was big as far as staying on top and getting a good seed.”

Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at Follow him on twitter @cng_staszewski.

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