Sometimes he shakes and sometimes he bakes. But Jordan McLune is always cooking up something that gives defenders a case of the quakes.
So when Farmingdale faced a crucial fourth-and-4 late in Friday night’s game at Freeport’s 6-yard line, of course McLune was going to get the call, right?
Instead, McLune turned signal-caller, telling quarterback Tommy Donovan to keep the ball. “At the timeout, I told the coaches to run a backside sweep. They were stacking the box. Either give it to Kevin [Eversley] or keep it,” McLune said. “They coaches agreed. First time I ever called a play.”
Good call, ‘coach’ McLune. Donovan ran 5 yards to the 1 for a huge first down and McLune scored his fourth touchdown on the next play as host Farmingdale defeated Freeport, 31-20, in a matchup of undefeated football teams in Nassau I.
For most of the night, it was McLune’s number that was called for Farmingdale (4-0), as the elusive and electric running back gained 238 yards on 30 caries, including touchdown runs of 19, 28, 11 and 1. Twice he carried the ball on five consecutive plays, including the opening plays of the game-clinching drive.
“The O-line gets a tempo and I work off them,” McLune said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to score from anywhere on the field.”
McLune had several dazzling runs that featured his trademark ankle-breaking cutbacks. His 28-yard TD run in the second quarter that produced a 17-7 lead was a prime example of his skill set. He made a sharp cut outside to get to the sideline then quick cut back inside for the score.
“Just instinct,” he said with a smile and a shrug. “I go off however the defender plays me.”
Freeport (3-1) also had a player with marvelous moves in quarterback Rashad Tucker. He put the Red Devils ahead 20-17 with a spectacular 52-yard touchdown run that started with a dash up the middle and finished with Tucker shedding defenders as he cut to the outside to finish. He ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
The Dalers went back on top 24-20 when McLune carried five straight times for 58 yards, including the final 11, to finish off a 67-yard drive.
Tucker’s 17-yard run highlighted a Freeport drive into Farmingdale territory, but on fourth-and-5, Tucker’s pass to Jaelin Hood came up short with 7:19 left.
Farmingdale ate up both the clock and the yardage with McLune carrying five straight times and Corey Hill, who set up a first-half TD with an interception, adding three productive carries.
With 1:25 left, McLune put on his offensive coordinator hat. “Jordan suggested the play and we all agreed,” Donovan said, smiling broadly. “It was a read for me and I saw the end jump in so I pulled it and ran.”
With the defense keying on McLune, Donovan was able to pick up 73 yards on 10 carries. “It’s great. You know that every time Jordan touches the ball, something good will happen,” Donovan said.
Something good happened Friday night when McLune didn’t touch the ball, too.