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Matt Eberhart's rushing carries Baldwin to victory

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Baldwin running back Matthew Eberhart gets ready to return a punt during the first quarter of a Nassau I varsity football game against Freeport on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.(Credit: James Escher)

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Back in 1924, folks wore ties and fedoras to football games -- as depicted in the photos Baldwin coach Steve Carroll showed his team before yesterday's game, recounting the history of "Freeport vs. Baldwin," which dates to that year.

Back then, the hottest car on the market was a Chevrolet Superior, retailing for a cool $500. And the most popular song was, coincidentally, Fred Waring's "Memory Lane."

A whole lot has changed since then, but not this: The satisfaction the Bruins take in beating Freeport.

"This rivalry is huge," Matt Eberhart said. "We're trying to add our story to the legacy."

Eberhart etched in a few sentences, running for 193 yards and a score as Baldwin topped Freeport, 41-13, in Nassau I.

The speedster amassed that total on nine carries, ripping runs of 64 and 55 yards. "If you can keep the edge clean for two seconds," right tackle Paul Nosworthy said, "Matt's gone!"

Nick DeLuca and John Debique each added two touchdowns for the Bruins (6-0), who topped the Red Devils for the first time since 2011.

"We put up a slideshow with old pictures from the games," Carroll said. "I wanted to impart on the kids the importance and historical significance."

The past aside, Baldwin is presently the only undefeated team in its conference -- with victories over the second- and third-place teams -- which bodes well for its future.

"Freeport is good, so we took it as an opportunity to show we're no fluke," middle linebacker Kadeem Langhorne said. "We proved we're one of the best teams around."

The proof was in the pounding. John Debique pushed the pile into the end zone for a 4-yard score, giving Baldwin a 14-7 lead with 8:40 left in the second. He burrowed in from a yard out five minutes later.

Tom York completed 7 of 10 passes for 103 yards, and tight end Jarred Myles had two receptions for 60 yards. Chris Debique added 73 rushing yards.

Freeport (4-2) had life when Rashad Tucker hit Corey Spivey on a corner route, which the receiver turned into a 79-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 20-13. But Jared Warner returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a score with 3:06 left in the second.

The Bruins were glad to see their opponent had as much difficulty corralling Warner as they did last week. In practice, the 5-9 jitterbug imitated Freeport's dynamic backfield tandem of Tucker and D'Monte Woody. It worked as Baldwin's defense contained them both. "Having to chase Jared all week got us prepared," said Nosworthy, who had a sack at defensive tackle.

Eberhart broke loose on a toss left for a 64-yard TD scamper in the third, and DeLuca (87 yards) dove in for a 12-yard score in the fourth. "We're here now," Eberhart said of his team, which won three games last season. "We're definitely for real."

Hats off to them. Even if it's not a fedora.

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Farmingdale's defense the big star in win over Oceanside

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Farmingdale's Charlie Tomassetti, left, tackles Oceanside quarterback Vincent Guarino during the first quarter of a Nassau I varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.(Credit: James Escher)

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Tommy McPartland probably isn't the fastest guy on his team. And he certainly isn't within his own household.

When the Farmingdale defensive back snagged an interception near the end of the second quarter and saw daylight, only to be chased down and tackled short of the end zone, the quips soon were heard: "You know, Kelly would've scored there!"

"She was the one blessed with all the speed," McPartland said, referring to his older sister, an All-American college lacrosse star known for her sprinter's speed. "I don't have the breakaway gear, but I've got enough."

Likewise, Farmingdale doesn't have the stacked roster it boasted in years past, but the Dalers certainly proved they have enough in a 24-14 win over Oceanside Friday night in Nassau Conference I football.

"This conference is tough, so every win is huge for us," said linebacker Ahmad Johnson, whose interception with 2:44 left sealed the victory. "But we'll enjoy it."

Michael Outing ran for 106 yards and a touchdown to lead Farmingdale (5-1). Michael Scheuerer was 7-for-11 passing for 80 yards and a TD.

Outing's 22-yard TD run put Farmingdale on the board with 5:53 left in the second. That score was preceded by Keyshawn Petit-Frere's 40-yard burst.

"We have speed on offense and the line did a great job," Outing said. "You give us some room and there's a chance we can break one."

The Dalers went up 14-0 on Styvenson Hogarth's 3-yard TD plunge with 1:23 remaining in the first half.

The defense dominated with three interceptions and two forced fumbles, keeping the explosive Sailors out of the red zone until the third quarter. "You get penetration up the middle against the spread and you can create some havoc," Dalers coach Buddy Krumenacker said.

That's precisely what happened when Vinny Guarino was intercepted twice in the second quarter. Javier Hernandez, a 260-pound powerhouse on the defensive line, had a sack, a pass deflection and a pair of QB hurries. Naquan Warren capitalized on the pressure with a leaping interception with 3:27 left in the half -- preceding Hogarth's TD -- and McPartland returned his pick 59 yards to the 10 with two seconds left. Zach Kolodny nailed a 26-yard field goal to make it 17-0.

Guarino, who entered leading Nassau with 1,097 passing yards, was held to 151 yards and had three interceptions. He did score twice on the ground in the third, pulling Oceanside (2-4) within 17-14.

But Scheuerer answered with a 6-yard TD pass to Kevin Eversley with 10:17 remaining in the fourth, made possible by Scheuerer's 24-yard play-action pass to Dan McKeon on a fourth-and-4.

Oceanside runs a high-powered up-tempo offense, but Farmingdale stifled it.

"It starts up front," McPartland said. "When our guys can create pressure, we have a chance to make great plays in the secondary."

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