It had been 670 days since the last home win at Brooklyn Tech Field. That win occurred on November 10th against JFK high school in the 2012 playoffs. On Saturday, that streak ended as the Engineers defeated the Lehman Lions 24-7.
Tech started the scoring when Elijah Rueda (15 for 20, 217 yards, 3 TDs) hit Lawrence Menyah for a 50 yard touchdown. At the half, the score was 6-0.
Lehman scored in the third quarter to take the lead, 7-6.
After failing to convert 3rd downs through out the day, the Tech offense began to heat up going into the 4th quarter. A Lehman punt gave Tech the ball on the five yard line with 95 yards to go. The offense answered with their best drive of the day and finished that drive with a Menyah (7 catches, 117 yards, 2 TDs) scoring his second TD off a Rueda scramble. Menyah added the 2 point conversion. There were big contributions on the drive from Charles Colt (2 catches) and Andre Lebron (2 catches).
After the defense stopped Lehman once again, Rueda found Alpha Gamby (3 catches, 41 yards, 1 TD) on a fade route for a TD. The offensive line held the Lehman defense without a sack.
Nick Fuertes added a 39 yard field goal to make the final score 24-7.
The defense was lead by Captain Brian Gill who finished with 15 tackles and a sack. Terrance Battle, an athletic first-year starter, added 6 tackles with 3 tackles for loss. Ayinde Pope ended the first half with an interception, his first of the year.
Brooklyn Tech will take on New Utrecht on Saturday September 20th at noon in the 2014 Adam J. Cirillo Classic. There will be more about the legacy of Adam J. Cirillo on the website later this week.