Since they were 7 years old, Vinny Quinn has been throwing 'em and Tom Kennedy has been catching 'em. From the playgrounds to the youth leagues, from junior high to high school, these two close friends from Farmingdale have been a quarterback-receiver combination.
But it wasn't until this season, when both are seniors, that it's been a combination that clicked on the varsity level. Friday night was one of those games they dreamed about when they were kids. Quinn completed 10 of 15 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns, one to Kennedy, who caught four for 65 yards as host Farmingdale improved to 3-0 with a 48-14 victory over Syosset in Conference I.
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"He's been my wide receiver since we were 7 and my best friend, too," said Quinn, a first-year varsity starter. "It's pretty special when we can hook up like that."
The Dalers already led 20-7 when the Quinn-Kennedy duo began doing serious damage. The connected on a 25-yard pass to the 1-yard line that set up Curtis Jenkins' second touchdown of the night with 1:01 left before halftime. Jenkins (14 carries, 74 yards) also scored on a 15-yard run that gave Farmingdale a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
Syosset (2-1) got a break to briefly climb back into the game early midway through the second quarter. Farmingdale was about to punt but a high snap gave the Braves possession at the Farmingdale 2. Two plays later Hunter Gross scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1.
But the Dalers responded almost instantly. On a squib kickoff, Styvenson Hogarth got a favorable bounce, grabbing the ball on the run, and he raced 77 yards for a backbreaking touchdown. The play included a dazzling cutback that shook him free for the final 20 yards. Syosset never recovered.
"They scored. They had the momentum. But they had been squibbing all night so I was ready," Hogarth said of his first-ever touchdown on a kick return. "I took it on the run, followed my blockers and got away. Then they over-pursued and I just cut it back."
Syosset marched 64 yards to score on a 30-yard pass from Joe Majoy to Michael Elardo to make it 27-14, but on the next drive, Quinn hit Kennedy for a 44-yard score with 7:14 left in the third for a 34-14 lead. "My offensive line did a great job giving me time and coach saw they were in man and called a go route," Quinn said. "I know if they give me and Tommy a chance, we'll get it done. He's fast and he got open. I knew he was coming down with it."
Familiarity breeds touchdowns. "We're so close that he knows where I'm going to be and I know where the ball is going to be," Kennedy said. "It's on the money."