Plainedge quarterback Davien Kuinlan runs the ball on a keep...

Plainedge quarterback Davien Kuinlan runs the ball on a keep during the first quarter of the Nassau III championship against Lawrence at Hofstra University on Friday, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Davien Kuinlan did all he could to keep No. 2 Plainedge close to No. 1 Lawrence in the first half of Friday night's Nassau III championship game at Hofstra.

He could do only so much, though, as the Red Devils fell, 49-1Kuinlan, who entered the game as Long Island's leading rusher with 2,192 yards and No. 2 scorer with 30 touchdowns, had a hand in all three Plainedge touchdowns. He was 14-for-23 for 150 yards, hooking up with Bryan Flynn for a pair of touchdown passes, and rushed for 112 yards and a TD on 30 carries.

That gave him a final total of 2,304 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.

On the game's opening drive, Kuinlan faced a fourth-and-11 from the Lawrence 31. Despite being pressured, Kuinlan found John Gullo streaking across the middle for a 16-yard gain.

Three plays later, Kuinlan hit Flynn for a 16-yard touchdown that gave Plainedge a 6-0 lead 5:17 into the game.

Lawrence's Tevine Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards for a touchdown, putting the ball right back in Kuinlan's hands for another drive. The 6-1 quarterback needed only two plays to take a 12-7 lead midway through the quarter.

First, Kuinlan faked a handoff to Corey Hill. With the defense shifting to protect against the run to the left, Kuinlan took off for 59 yards down the right side. That set up his 5-yard touchdown run with six minutes left.

With Plainedge trailing 21-12 and about two minutes left before halftime, Kuinlan orchestrated a 54-yard scoring drive. He completed four passes for 64 yards, connecting with Flynn for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left.

In the first half, Kuinlan ran 24 times for 101 yards and was 11-for-17 for 111 yards.

If not for a brilliant play under pressure by Lawrence quarterback Jordan Fredericks, Plainedge would have entered halftime down 21-19. But Fredericks, taking the snap at the Red Devils' 32, evaded a pair of tackles in the pocket and found Sam Locascio in the end zone as time expired.


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