The Freeport scoring machine has been clicking all season. On Friday night it may have found an even higher gear to operate in.
The Red Devils faced their toughest test when they hosted Massapequa and rose to the challenge. They put up 19 points in a span of just 6:56 during the second quarter to break the game open en route to a 39-12 Nassau I football victory before a big crowd at their George F. Emma Jr. Field.
Freeport (5-0) has now scored at least 35 points in every game and it was at its most-lethal when running a hurry-up offense. It scored three of its six touchdowns employing the tactic.
“We take a lot of pride in our conditioning and that’s a place we get to use it,” Justin Lescouflair said. “We could go 30 plays in a row like that. It makes us hard to keep up with.”
“I know it’s a pain in the neck because people have used it on me,” Freeport coach Russ Cellan said. “It doesn’t give the [opponent] much time to get set up and we can also change the speeds. Our kids like running it.”
Lescouflair – who can line up at three different positions on offense and has a scholarship offer already from Army – and quarterback Terrance Edmond were the Devils’ bread and butter in this one. Edmond ran 18 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns and was 6-for-11 passing for 50 yards and another score. Lescouflair rushed 14 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns and was on the receiving end of another score. Ja’juan Warren also rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for Freeport.
In the preseason, the Red Devils were running together at 5:45 every morning. Now that they’re in-season, the running comes before practice starts. Cellan believes tiring the players out beforehand better simulates game conditions. And he pointed out, “if we weren’t in the good condition we’re in, you wouldn’t see us running that hurry-up offense.”
Freeport was already up 7-0 on Warren’s run when it began to use the quick offense to wear down Massapequa (3-2) in the second quarter. They used it in a 13-play drive that went 81 yards and ended with Lescouflair going in from the 1 with 7:12 left in the half for a 14-0 lead.
The Chiefs struck back fast on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Galvin to Garrett Gibbons, but Freeport returned the favor when Edmond went 31 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive. Freeport scored again before halftime on another 13-play drive using the hastened offense; the 68 yards it covered were capped by Edmond hitting Lescouflair for a 7-yard TD pass with 16 seconds to play in the half. Freeport led 26-6 at the break.
Gibbons was the Chiefs' top playmaker. In addition to catching the touchdown pass, he rushed for 45 yards. Michael Rollo also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a Massapequa touchdown.
“I feel like we’re getting better every week,” Edmond said. “That has to be the goal. I think we are. Right now, as far as what we could be, I don’t see a limit.”