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Jordan McLune runs for 202 as Farmingdale hits stride in second half

Syosset's Chris Belmonte tries to tackle Farmingdale's Jordan

Syosset's Chris Belmonte tries to tackle Farmingdale's Jordan Mclune during a Nassau I football game at Mitchel Athletic Complex on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Points were about as scarce as sunshine Saturday in the first half at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

In a battle of unbeatens, Farmingdale and Syosset played at Mitchel after Syosset's home field was deemed unplayable. The Nassau I contest was cold and windy, highlighted by a scoreless first half. But Farmingdale broke loose with a big second half to win, 28-0.

The Dalers (4-0) kept it mostly on the ground and Jordan McLune led the way with 202 yards on 23 carries, including a 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to make it 21-0.

Farmingdale's Kevin Eversley ran for 102 yards on seven carries, and his 28-yard score with 10:52 left in the game made it 14-0.

"The offensive line came out and played amazing," said Eversley, who cited Joel Benitez, Javier Hernandez and Chris Demers. "I think we have one of the greatest offensive lines."

Syosset's Will Hogan, who had thrown for 730 yards in three previous games, struggled in the elements. He completed 4 of 20 passes for 47 yards, and was under constant pressure.

"The day hurt them [Syosset]," Dalers coach Buddy Krumenacker said. "With all due respect to them, these are not good conditions for a team that does what they do."

He added that no one should judge Hogan based on playing in Mitchel's wind tunnel.

The Dalers showed some life to start the third quarter, driving from their own 22 to Syosset's 38 on six runs, all by McLune. The 5-8 back racked up 40 yards on the drive. Farmingdale eventually punted, but McLune's strong start to the half set the tone for the rest of the game.

McLune said he noticed something in the defense that helped him succeed.

"They stacked the box," McLune said. "So once you break the first tier, there's no one to help. If they can't get you down, then keep moving."

Farmingdale's next drive produced the game's first score, a 4-yard keeper up the middle by quarterback Tommy Donovan.

Donovan was just 2-for-6 through the air, and he was not pleased with his effort.

"Most of the time their coverage was great," he said. "The wind was tough, but that's no excuse. I should have had a lot of completions."

Krumenacker said the Dalers must throw the ball better to continue winning.

Darrin Simons added a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown in the final minutes.

Krumenacker's bunch came out on top, but the coach said he thinks the Dalers and Braves (3-1) will collide again.

"I think we may very well see them again," he said. "They're a good team . . . [Hogan's] a special quarterback. [Michael] Elardo's a special receiver. They're a lot to deal with . . . on a clear, dry day."

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