Jason Curran channeled his inner wide receiver, small forward and centerfielder on Saturday. Not bad for a slender but hard-running quarterback.
Curran made four interceptions, including two of the acrobatic variety, and added two short touchdown runs to spark Shoreham-Wading River to a 35-7 victory over host Mount Sinai yesterday in a duel of unbeaten teams in Suffolk IV.
"He can roam around and make plays. We put him back there for a reason," SWR coach Matt Millheiser said of his 6-3, 170-pound senior free safety after the Wildcats improved to 5-0 and extended Long Island's longest current winning streak to 17 straight.
There were four good reasons on Saturday.
Midway through the first quarter, on an overthrown deep pass down the middle, Curran made a mistimed but all-out diving effort. Though he appeared to launch early, he managed to stretch out and make a spectacular catch. "I did mistime it," he said with a grin. "But I'm a long person and just reached it."
That pick stopped a promising drive for Mt. Sinai (4-1) and five plays later, Chris Rosati raced 51 yards around right end for the first of his three touchdowns. Rosati also scored on runs of 20 and 15 yards in the second half and totaled 151 yards on 14 carries. He also returned the opening kickoff 44 yards.
The Mustangs again were driving near midfield early in the second quarter when Curran struck again. On a deep sideline pass, he made a well-timed leap and snatched the ball out of the air in front of the intended receiver. "I used my length again," Curran said. "If I let that one go over my head, it's a touchdown."
His other two interceptions were less spectacular, as he played the "centerfield" position well to easily step up and make the second-half picks. One of them set up Rosati's 20-yard TD run that made it 28-7.
The SWR defense also set up perhaps the game's most important touchdown. SWR led 14-7 early in the third quarter -- a fumbled handoff led to Appio Fragoletti's 20-yard scoop-and-score for Mt. Sinai 16 seconds before halftime -- when the Mustangs lined up to punt deep in their own territory.
The Wildcats' Jimmy Loesch broke free up the middle to block the punt and give his team the ball on the 5.
"I'm supposed to make contact with my blocker and Chris Sheehan is supposed to shoot through," Loesch said of his linemate on special teams. "But the guard went for Chris and I moved over and got through. I got it with my right hand."
Loesch admitted it was an unexpected bonus to block a punt. "I was stunned," he said.
Four plays later, Curran sneaked in from the 1 for a 21-7 lead, which stunned no one. "He's getting better and better each week," Millheiser said of his first year starting quarterback.
He's doing pretty well at his other position, too.