Erasmus Hall running back Khalil Lewin rushed for 127 yards and quarterback Matthew Domina threw for 116 on Saturday afternoon as the Dutchmen trounced the Campus Magnet High School Bulldogs 26–12 — a victory the Dutchmen saw as payback for last year’s season-opening loss to the Queens squad.
The Bulldogs snagged a 12–7 lead by halftime, but the Dutchmen dominated the second half of the game — thanks in part to Lewin’s awesome 84-yard offensive run.
“As a player in the fourth quarter, it’s all about me,” a confident Lewin said. “When they think I slow down in the fourth quarter I bust out. It doesn’t matter, just give me the ball.”
A 48-yard touchdown pass from Domina to Curtis Samuel gave Erasmus a 7–6 lead in the second quarter, but Campus Magnet took the five-point advantage into the break when quarterback Blessuan Austin scrambled up the middle for a score from a yard out as time expired.
Domina’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Shavar Brathwaite gave the Dutchmen a lead that was quickly solidified by a 15-yard touchdown catch by Brathwaite, grabbing the team a 20–12 advantage.
Austin brought his team to the Erasmus’s 16-yard line, but cornerback Jonathan Samerson tipped and intercepted his touchdown pass in the end zone. The ball was then handed to Lewin, who broke loose down the left sideline, giving the Dutchmen a decisive 26–12 victory.
Erasmus Hall’s coaching staff were gratified to watch the Dutchmen turn the tables on a longtime nemesis.
“The Bulldogs owned us a bit in the past,” said Dutchmen coach Danny Landberg. “This victory was really important to us.”