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."