In preparation for this football season, Davien Kuinlan said he packed on 20 pounds of muscle.
After all, the junior, who was Plainedge's running back last year, knew he needed to be in top physical condition to play quarterback and still be the team's featured runner.
"Knowing all of that," Kuinlan said, "the last 10 months were spent doing a lot of training, a lot of lifting and a lot of running."
It didn't take long for Kuinlan's hard work to pay off.
Kuinlan ran for 333 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries to propel Plainedge to a 43-33 win against host Lynbrook in both teams' Nassau Conference III opener at Sid Cover Field at Marion Street School Saturday.
"It all starts with the blocking," said Kuinlan, who was being modest.
Actually, it starts with Kuinlan's frame: he's 6-1 and 213 pounds. The combination of speed and power allowed Kuinlan to break 25 tackles.
Kuinlan's most impressive run occurred in the third quarter. After receiving the snap, Kuinlan ran to the left, but there was no opening. So he cut right, where he was met by two defenders in the backfield. He broke their tackles then went the rest of the way untouched for a 43-yard touchdown, which gave Plainedge a 29-15 lead.
"He can run," Plainedge coach Rob Shaver said. "We all knew that."
Now everyone else does. Oh, and he can pass, too.
Kuinlan completed 7 of 10 passes for 77 yards. After rolling to his right, Kuinlan hit Matt Miles with a pretty fade for an 11-yard gain, which setup another touchdown. On the ensuing play, Kuinlan -- who else? -- capped the four-play drive with a four-yard touchdown run to make it 36-21 early in the fourth quarter.
"We wish we could have showcased his passing a little more, but it was a cruddy day and it was hard to hold on to the ball," Shaver said. "It was hit or miss because of the rain."
John Pigott sealed the win when he intercepted a pass in the flat and returned it 36 yards to make the score 43-21 with 9:33 left. Pigott also made seven tackles.
"That was a nice play," Shaver said. "But I was not happy with our defense after that."
Kuinlan's performance overshadowed Eddie Bouhall's excellent game for Lynbrook. The wide receiver made five grabs for 94 yards and one touchdown. Bouhall also broke a 42-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter. He capped his day by returning a punt 40 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 43-27 with 5:12 left.
Lynbrook quarterback Zach LoCicero connected with Owen Daly on a deep post for a 35-yard touchdown as time expired.
If there were more time on the clock, Kuinlan said, he would have been ready to start running again.
"He can even make some bad things look good," Shaver said. "He makes it easy for us."