Farmingdale's defense too much for Baldwin
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The game plan was simple for the Farmingdale football team on Friday night. Pin Baldwin deep in its own territory and let the defense do the rest. The plan worked perfectly. Farmingdale walked off 21-6 victors to improve to 2-0 in Nassau I.
"[We wanted to] try and burn the clock and keep it out of [Baldwin's] hand," Farmingdale coach Buddy Krumenacker said.
Farmingdale struck first when Matt Dittmeier scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
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Dittmeier finished the game with 21 yards rushing on four carries.
That score and extra point would be all the Dalers would need. A 79-yard touchdown run by Baldwin's Jovaun Tomlinson was the lone blemish for the Farmingdale defense.
"We did a great job covering the field tonight and containing [Baldwin]," Krumenaker said of his defense.
Two turnovers did a lot to help the Farmingdale cause. Xavier Snabria had an interception and Chad Tomassetti recovered a fumble. The turnovers all came according to plan for Krumenaker.
"We wanted to play on a short field," he said.
Kevin Petit-Frere gave the Dalers a 14-6 lead with a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Petit-Frere finished the night with 73 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Although Petit-Frere found the end zone, it was Curtis Jenkins who shined the brightest. Jenkins rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries.
Quarterback Joe Valente did his job, controlling the offense and playing mistake-free football. Valente was asked to throw only five times. He completed three passes for 22 yards.
But, as the offense kept the ball on the ground and the clock moving, it was the defense that starred. Richie Morris and Mike Gregorvic both had nine tackles to lead Farmingdale.