Jonathan Debique enjoys a heavy workload and his coach is happy to oblige, which worked out just fine for Baldwin in a 36-28 victory over Hempstead Saturday in Nassau 1.
Debique rushed for 201 yards and scored three touchdowns, the final one sealing the victory for the Bruins.
As the team’s workhorse, Debique plays all over the field, making impact plays on both sides of the ball. It’s safe to say that coach Steve Carroll relies on him and is more than happy to keep calling his number.
“If he’s not getting the ball at least 25 times a game,” Carroll said after the game, “then we’re not doing our jobs as coaches.”
Debique showed his raw power when he bulldozed multiple defenders on his way into the end zone two times in the first half. In the second half he demonstrated his breakaway speed when he flew through a huge hole en route to a 67-yard TD run.
“Our line just did their job, creating such a big hole,” Debique said. “All I had to do was run through it as hard as I could.”
Baldwin quarterback Norm Wilson had his share of success, too, throwing for two touchdowns. His second TD pass came just more than a minute after Hempstead (0-2) took its first lead of the game in the fourth quarter. Wilson threw a 5-yard hitch to receiver Taki Wood Smith, who brushed off a couple of defenders on his way to a 55-yard TD reception.
Carroll and company were excited to get their first win after losing to Farmingdale last week. The coach said he was relieved to see the true potential of his team despite making “way too many mistakes” throughout the game.
With the hard-fought victory, Baldwin (1-1) has a positive outlook for the rest of the season. “There’s no reason we can’t keep this momentum going and do this every week,” Debique said.