Here are some tips for fans when watching Davien Kuinlan play football: Do not look at your phone to read a text. Do not look at the person seated next to you. Do not look at the scoreboard to see what down it is.
Do not look at anything except Kuinlan until the whistle blows. Because a play that is seemingly over, is only just beginning. Kuinlan broke tackle after tackle and extended play after play Saturday while running for 332 yards and six touchdowns in Plainedge's 56-28 win over Roosevelt in Nassau III.
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"He has a unique ability to hold his ground and nobody can take him down," Plainedge coach Rob Shaver said of his quarterback. "You need 12 guys to tackle him. He's an anomaly."
Some may have stopped watching thinking the play was dead after Kuinlan burst up the middle and ran into a crowd. But he did a stutter step and broke free for a 15-yard score to open a 14-0 lead with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, a defender had Kuinlan by the ankle. Play over, right? Nope. He escaped, then barreled through another would-be tackler for a 29-yard gain. That set up his five-yard touchdown run for a 28-7 lead.
In the final minute of first half, Kuinlan rushed towards the outside and had the Roosevelt secondary closing in on him near the sideline. Still not safe to look away. Kuinlan broke a tackle, tip-toed down the sideline, stiff-armed a defender to the ground and cruised in for a 30-yard score to make it 35-14.
"Never stop going, no matter what," said Kuinlan, who also completed six of nine passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. "The line played great today. That's what it comes back to. The skill players blocking on the edge. Everyone has each others' back."
And even when defenders were hanging off of Kuinlan's, he still wouldn't go down.
"Teams get frustrated, we see it when we play," said offensive lineman Brian Jockers, who created space along with Steve McCartney, Walter Kowalczyk, Tyler Wiegmann, and others. "We try to make the holes and he is great to have because he breaks tackles, he is known for that."
Corey Hill, a power runner, provided the perfect complement to Kuinlan's evasive style for Plainedge (4-0). Hill rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run to open the scoring 1:54 into the game. He also had three catches for 70 yards.
Bryan Flynn had 75 receiving yards on three catches, highlighted by a beautiful full-extension diving grab in the end zone on a 31-yard pass from Kuinlan to open a 21-0 lead early in the second. His prettiest touchdown yet?
"I would say so," Flynn said with a smile.
Corey Bull scored on a 30-yard reverse and also won a footrace with three Plainedge defenders for a 78-yard touchdown run for Roosevelt (2-2). Jude Innocent had 209 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. His 72-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage pulled Roosevelt within 35-21.
Innocent later opened the fourth with a 35-yard touchdown run to cut Plainedge's lead to 42-28.
But Kuinlan sealed the win with two more touchdown runs. On his final score, he took a pitch right and was surrounded. Thinking the play was over, some spectators may have looked at their phone, or at a friend, or at the scoreboard and missed him shove a defender to the ground to clear a path for his 10-yard touchdown run.
"You better hear a whistle before you look away," Shaver said. "If you don't hear a whistle, he ain't on the ground."