Farmingdale beats East Meadow to finish regular season undefeated at 8-0
Even with the top seed in Nassau I secured, Farmingdale coach Buddy Krumenacker had a challenge for his team before Friday night's regular-season finale against East Meadow.
"When you're at seven wins and it's the last game, it's important to get to eight," Krumenacker said. "If we had the top seed and were 5-2 or something, that's one thing. But you don't want to miss a chance at going 8-0."
The Dalers seized that opportunity in near-perfect fashion. Curtis Jenkins had three touchdowns and Joe Lee forced two turnovers and scored a defensive touchdown to lead host Farmingdale to a 49-14 victory.
According to Krumenacker, it was Farmingdale's first perfect regular season since 2007 and the 10th perfect regular season in the program's 80-year history.
"Coach challenged us and we accepted it and came out strong," Lee said. "This gives us a huge momentum swing heading into the playoffs."
Said Jenkins: "It's great to be just the 10th team to do this in 80 years, but now we've got to keep it going and go undefeated in the playoffs."
Farmingdale scored on its first six possessions and led 35-0 in the second quarter and 42-7 at halftime.
The Dalers' first scoring drive began after Lee and Robert Jones stuffed East Meadow running back Nick Suchocki on fourth-and-1 on the game's opening drive to give the Dalers the ball at their own 48-yard line. Four plays later, Tom Kennedy scored on a 14-yard run on an end-around for a 7-0 lead with 7:21 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession for East Meadow (4-4), Lee stopped a running play at the line of scrimmage, stripped the ball and returned it 35 yards for a 14-0 advantage.
"Coaches always teach us to strip the ball, and when I got it, there was no way I was getting stopped on my way to the end zone," Lee said.
Jenkins received an option pitch from quarterback Vinny Quinn and ran up the right sideline before diving for the pylon, completing a 54-yard touchdown that made it 21-0 with 3:21 left in the first.
On Farmingdale's next possession, Quinn scrambled up the left sideline for a 44-yard run to the Jets' 3-yard line. Two plays later, he kept it himself for a 1-yard score with 19 seconds left in the quarter to make it 28-0.
After Jenkins' second TD on a 17-yard screen pass made it 35-0 early in the second, East Meadow (4-4) finally scored late in the first half on Suchocki's 30-yard TD run. But Farmingdale answered right back, scoring on a 38-yard TD pass from Quinn to Jenkins on a streak pattern to make it 42-7.
Jenkins had 116 rushing yards on five carries and caught two passes for 55 yards. Lee had six tackles with the fumble return and an interception, Jones had eight tackles and Kevin Vandermark had six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.