Louie Jokinsky leads Locust Valley RBs in romp

Locust Valley's Louis Jokinsky breaks a few tackles

Locust Valley's Louis Jokinsky breaks a few tackles before heading down field for a 47-yard TD. (Sept. 8, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Locust Valley coach Matt McFarland knew he had a good set of running backs.

McFarland's confidence in his running game was validated Saturday as eight running backs combined for 233 yards for Locust Valley in a 30-0 win over Malverne in Nassau IV football.

Louie Jokinsky led the way with 62 yards and a touchdown on five carries and Yamique Webb carried 10 times for 57 yards and a score.

It took a while for Locust Valley (1-0) to get things going as Webb got the team on the board with a 31-yard run for a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.

Jokinsky broke free for a 47-yard scoring run two minutes into the third quarter to extend LV's lead to 14-0.

That was the turning point, according to McFarland. "We played a little too tight in the first half," McFarland said. "We probably just put a little too much pressure on ourselves."

McFarland was especially impressed with Webb, who got his first varsity start. "He really worked hard and did the right things during the offseason," McFarland said. "That touchdown run was his first carry of the season."

Locust Valley also received solid efforts from Matt Vezza, who ran for 67 yards on 13 carries and a fumble recovery, and Owen McBride and Kevin Reiger, who had two sacks each.

David Perkins had 24 yards rushing and a touchdown and Jordan Formicola had a touchdown pass and ran in two two-point conversions.

The Falcons made great strides last season, going 8-2 and advancing to the Nassau IV semifinal. McFarland is hoping for an even deeper run this year.

"We didn't finish the way we wanted to," said McFarland, whose squad hosts Seaford on Saturday. "But we have a solid group that's ready to go."

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