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Undefeated Farmingdale comes up short again

Farmingdale's Tom Kennedy returns a kickoff for a

Farmingdale's Tom Kennedy returns a kickoff for a touchdown against Sachem North during the first half. (Nov. 30, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Sachem North's Bryan Morris wanted to tell Farmingdale wide receiver Tom Kennedy that he should be proud of the way he played this season. The two exchanged pleasantries at midfield after Sachem North beat Farmingdale, 27-21, in the Long Island Class I championship game Saturday night at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.

"He had a great season," said Morris, the Flaming Arrows' kicker and punter, who hugged Kennedy. "I've got great respect for him and I told him that."

Morris had watched Kennedy return one of his kickoffs 94 yards for a touchdown to give the Dalers a 14-7 lead (with Zach Kolodny's extra point) late in the first quarter.

But Morris' kind words couldn't really console Kennedy. "This is the worst feeling," said Kennedy, who had four receptions for 27 yards. "There's nothing else I can say. You work all year to get to this game. I can't explain it."

Farmingdale (11-1), which lost to Floyd in the Long Island Class I championship game last season, took a 21-7 lead on Curtis Jenkins' 8-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter before Sachem North scored the game's final 20 points.

In his final game, Jenkins rushed for 62 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 66 yards.

"We didn't play our game," he said. "You go out, play hard and push people. It didn't happen. We had a goal we had to reach. It was a long run, but it wasn't enough."

Farmingdale had one final chance to win late in the fourth quarter, but the Sachem North defense held. Quarterback Vinny Quinn saw his final pass fall incomplete at the Dalers' 45-yard line.

"In big games like this, good stuff and bad stuff are always going to happen," said Quinn, who completed 11 of 21 passes for 109 yards with two interceptions. "You just got to overcome it."

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