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Eramus Hall secures playoff home game, but looking for improvement

The Erasmus Hall football team, while on bended knee, circled around coach Danny Landberg after its final game of the regular season.

The Dutchmen weren’t on hand to savor the morsels of victory after defeating Brooklyn Tech, 20-6, at Charles B. Wang Field. Huddled together under a cloudless autumnal sky -- aside from the weather -- Landberg could spot plenty of imperfection. Even in victory, the Erasmus Hall skipper urged his squad to stop turning every match-up into a soap opera, to stop letting opponents creep back into games.

“I was just mad about making the game more interesting to begin,” Landberg said, “with stupid penalties or missed blocks that are unnecessary.”

Landberg wanted to address any intimations of self-afflicted trouble before the playoffs. For the Dutchmen, the team’s seven penalties were seven too many.

"We just need to execute more,” said Erasmus Hall quarterback Wayne Morgan. “If we execute we’re going to be unstoppable. We’re going to put more points on the board, we’re going to move the ball every drive, if we just execute.”

Morgan and running back Shaquell Jackson both turned out stellar performances during the Erasmus Hall win that secured home field advantage in next week’s postseason game.

Jackson, who totaled 63 yards on the ground, posted the first points for Erasmus Hall on a 2-yard scamper in the first quarter. On Brooklyn Tech’s first drive, the Engineers squashed their own momentum when junior Kevi Shyti tossed a pick into the hands of junior Kenyatta Jones on their third play of the game.

The Dutchmen carried the 6-0 lead into halftime, before pouring on points in the third quarter. Morgan, who accrued 44 rushing yards, carried a 7-yard touchdown run and the 2-point conversion to push the margin to 14-0. About four minutes later, he connected with a wide-open Cyrus Greene on a 17-yard gem for another touchdown. Morgan was 5-for-9, posting 55 yards in the air.

Shyti was 5-for-8, with 57 of his 91 passing yards coming on the Engineers’ only score. Less than 30 seconds after Erasmus Hall pushed the score to 20-0, Shyti hurled a pass down the left sideline of the field, with a running Mazaharul Islam making the over-the-shoulder catch to prevent the shutout.

By the end of the day, Erasmus Hall will know next week’s opponent, which could be the Engineers once again. The Dutchmen hadn’t defeated Brooklyn Tech since 1944 until their 30-18 victory in 2008. Since then, they have won the past four meetings.

Landberg isn’t concerned about whom his team will face.

“[We] just worry about ourselves,” Landberg said, “like we always have to do, with the penalties, and the holdings, and being in good shape. That’s it.”