There was only one way to get Plainedge's Davien Kuinlan the ball quicker -- make him quarterback. Coach Robert Shaver did just that and, so far, it's worked to perfection.
The Red Devils' top rusher from last year has shown in the season's first three games that he is just as much a force taking the ball from under center as he was taking a handoff.
"We just eliminated the middle man," Shaver said.
Kuinlan's fantastic feats were on display again Saturday when he ran for five touchdowns and 303 yards on 24 carries in a 49-14 win over Hewlett in a Nassau III football game.
The junior has 12 touchdowns for the season.
"He has great vision," Shaver said. "If you don't gang tackle him, he's really hard to get on the ground."
Kuinlan's first touchdown, a 3-yard score, came with 10:15 left in the first quarter. His second, a 2-yard scamper, came four minutes later. He had a 25-yard score with 10:00 left in the second quarter and broke through again on a 33-yarder three minutes left halftime. His lone second half score was a 54-yard run in the third quarter that gave Plainedge (3-0) a 35-8 lead. Hewlett is 2-1.
Kuinlan also threw for 81 yards, completing 6 of 8 attempts.
"He's been a great field general," Shaver said. "He's got it figured out. He's very poised under pressure."
Plainedge's Nick Checchia completed 2 of 3 passes for 49 yards, ran for 20 yards and had an interception. Also on defense, Brian Flynn had an interception, and Anthony Bowles and Jonathan Pigott each had seven tackles.