Plainedge football coach Rob Shaver knew the Red Devils’ first road game of the season was going to be a challenge.
But behind 161 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns and an interception from Shane Mosia, the defending Long Island Class III champions are still the team to beat after Plainedge scored a 28-0 victory at Carey on Saturday.
“Thank god he’s on our team,” Shaver said of Mosia. “He took a little bit more of a load carrying the ball today, and hopefully we can share it around a little more. But when we needed him, he was there."
Mosia caught a screen pass from quarterback Caden Morra and took it 57 yards down the left sideline for the only touchdown of the first quarter. He finished with 88 rushing yards as the Red Devils produced its 14th consecutive win.
"We play tough, we line up right, we know our assignments and we get after the ball," Mosia said. "We pride both our offense and our defense on that."
Mosia intercepted Carey quarterback Matthew Metzger on the Seahawks’ first drive of the second quarter. Six plays later, after a few first-down gains from running back Jack Murray, Mosia capped the Red Devils’ scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
The running back/linebacker added another touchdown in the third quarter before Murray scored the final touchdown in the fourth.
Nine players gained positive rushing yards for Plainedge, which posted 368 yards of total offense. Morra completed seven of his 10 passes for 145 yards and the screen pass touchdown to Mosia.
“Our offensive line was outstanding,” Mosia said. “We ran a lot up the middle and all of the credit is to them. I don’t see or get any holes without their movement.”
Defensive lineman Marcelo Licata sacked Metzger twice, and Plainedge recorded seven tackles for loss. The Red Devils held Carey to an average of two yards per play and 32 rushing yards.
“The defensive backs’ good coverage gives the quarterback a struggle and helps us get through on the line,” Licata said. “We all want one goal and we’re all working for it.”
The Plainedge defense has allowed just one touchdown this season after tallying seven shuouts during its 12-0 season.
"We’re super confident,” Shaver said of his defense. “Our team knows if we make a few mistakes we can make up for it defensively.”