PSAL Football: Port Richmond’s “rebirth man” Tayshaun Lewis featured prominently in New Dorp win
He’s a bit taller than Danny Devito, but Port Richmond’s wide receiver Tayshaun lewis starred as the “man of the rebirth” in the Raiders’ 16-14 triumph over New Dorp, which took place on Saturday at Curtis HS.
The 6-foot-2 jack-of-all-trades represented the two PR touchdowns on Saturday. He landed a 14-yard kicking shot and handled a 37-yard carry, which preceded his 9-yard touchdown pass out of the backfield on a trick play – which turned out to be the game-winner.
Lewis, who doubled as a safety behind coach Lou Vesce’s defense, finished the day with 5 receptions for 58 yards.
“He’s doing a great job adapting to the ball. He’s making great plays, ”admitted Vetch of his star receiver.
“It’s really not all about me, it’s about my team. I love these guys, ”Lewis said. “I just go up and take it. “
After a botched first quarter, in which the two teams traded a pair of punts, the Raiders came back to life in the second.
4th and 9th on the Cougars 34-yard line, Vesce called for a false punt – kicker André Nunez triggered a wobbly float on the far sideline, where Lewis swiveled his body, came back on the spot and pointed the ball for a gain of 20 yards.
Two games later, quarterback David Ruiseco hit Lewis in the flat, and the elusive catcher pulled the opposing defender, seemingly out of his shoes, before running 14 yards to the goal line. 8-0 Raiders.
New Dorp tied the score to close the half, but Lewis was back for more in the third. After the Raiders recovered from a fumble in midfield, Lewis made a final transfer 37 yards from the touchline – preparing for his eventual touchdown shot.
Ruiseco threw the ball to Lewis in the apartment once more, but this time he caught it behind the line of scrimmage, stepped on and released a 9-yard pass to a large opening. Chris Fallon in the end zone. 16-8 Raiders.
“I wanted three [trick plays] in my pocket, ”said Vesce, who used two, which turned out to make a difference.
ON THE WIRE
PR led for the majority of Saturday’s contest, but New Dorp managed a score in the fourth quarter and looked poised to be tied again.
The defense of Vetch, led by Fallon and Jesus cartwright on the defensive line, as well as linebackers Tyvonn Luzcando, Qayyum Gray, Armando Villanueva and Anthony Intartaglio. engulfed running back ND in the ensuing two-point conversion attempt – freezing the score at 16-14, where he remained.
To recover Jaédon Race converted a key fourth goal in the Raiders’ second goal and clocked in the final period. He finished with 16 carries for 64 yards and converted both attempts to two runs.
“Very difficult races, he was doing a great job,” said Vesce. “Second and third contact and he was still getting yards.
“I’m really proud of how we won this game together and came together as a team,” Vesce concluded.
Ruiseco (PR): 6 of 12 for 51 yards, 1 touchdown; 5 strokes for 13 yards.
AJ Gonzalez (ND): 5 out of 10 for 68 yards, 1 TD; 10 runs for 47 yards.
Yonathan Vitale (ND): 4 receptions for 57 yards, 1 TD; 3 runs for 31 yards.
Anthony Luna (ND): 8 carries for 48 yards, 1 TD.