Jordan McLune makes you miss. Farmingdale's slippery running back stutter-steps and shifts gears on the fly; zigs and zags; cuts left when you go right and cuts right when you go left. But the move he put on Massapequa's defenders in the fourth quarter Saturday was . . . a cut above.
"That was a jump cut," McLune said, his face breaking into a wide grin as he described the clinching touchdown in the Dalers' 35-21 victory over Nassau I rival Massapequa before an overflow crowd at Farmingdale. "We practiced that. If the defender comes in low, that's how I get out of the way."
McLune ran to his right behind a couple of blockers, found some open space toward the right sideline and just when it seemed like the play was over and McLune would be driven out of bounds, the 5-8, 180-pounder abruptly stopped in mid-move, side-stopped one Chiefs defender, darted past two others and zipped into the end zone to complete a 30-yard scoring run.
"A lot of guys put two shoes on the ground, but he just sticks one shoe on the ground," Farmingdale coach Buddy Krumenacker said after his team improved to 7-0. "Then he makes those one-shoe cuts and he's gone in another direction."
McLune's third touchdown -- all in the second half -- provided the game's final points and was his final carry. He rushed 14 times for 128 yards and was also elusive on two second-half kickoffs, returning the first one of the third quarter 42 yards and another in the fourth quarter 27 yards, both launching scoring drives.
"It's just instinct, good vision," McLune said of his special skill set. "If you make a good cut, there's a lot of green out there and you've just got to go and get it."
There was plenty of green turf to go around Saturday as neither team passed much but both were productive. And both did it with backup quarterbacks. Farmingdale starter Tom Donovan scored on a 23-yard run late in the first quarter for the game's first score, but injured his knee as he lunged into the end zone. Enter junior Anthony Burriesci. He rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries and ran the offense smoothly. "We trust him. There's no drop-off when he's in there," McLune said.
Krumenacker agreed, saying: "Our quarterbacks are 1 and 1-A and it's been that way all year. He came into a game earlier this year and performed well. None of the guys in green shirts are surprised at his performance."
Joe Tristano added 79 yards on the ground for the green-garbed Dalers, including a 31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
But Massapequa (4-3) had its own potent ground game and its own impressive backup quarterback. In fact, the Chiefs had two of the latter. Starter Brad Baldinger missed the game with an elbow injury, according to coach Kevin Shippos, and Anthony Buckshaw did a solid job with 87 yards rushing and a 7-yard TD run on a naked bootleg late in the second quarter that brought the Chiefs to within 14-7.
Buckshaw was injured himself midway through the third quarter and did not return. His replacement, wide receiver Justin Lynskey, ran a quarterback draw for 22 yards to set up a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that made it 20-14. Then after Massapequa took a 28-14 lead on McLune's 13-yard run, Lynskey connected with Phil Tesoriero for a 61-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline with 4:45 left.
But McLune put the Chiefs away with his stop-and-go maneuver. He made the final cut.