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Rashad Tucker leads Freeport to win

Freeport quarterback Rashad Tucker scrambles for a gain

Freeport quarterback Rashad Tucker scrambles for a gain during the second quarter of a Nassau I varsity football game versus Oceanside at Freeport High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Freeport quarterback Rashad Tucker hit every point on the compass Friday night, dashing and darting north and south to slip out of tacklers' grasps and racing east to west, sideline to sideline in a breathtaking display of elusiveness.

The slender sophomore quarterback wound up pointing the host Red Devils in the right direction with his running and passing in a 36-26 victory over Oceanside in a Nassau I opener before a crowd of more than 1,200.

Tucker ran for 90 yards -- a total that included numerous sacks that reduced his stats -- and threw for 246. He was especially dangerous in the second half.

On the Red Devils' first drive after intermission, Tucker rolled left and hit Corey Spivey in stride for 68 yards to the Sailors' 4. Three plays later, Tucker scrambled in from the 2 to put Freeport on top 20-14.

Oceanside capitalized on a muffed punt to tie it on Brandy Diaz's 5-yard run. Diaz finished with 116 yards rushing.

Tucker used his legs to give Freeport a 28-20 lead with 9:51 left in the fourth, dazzling the crowd with a shifty, crafty 20-yard scramble on third-and-11 from his own 49. He hit Myles Eason on a 6-yard strike for the tiebreaking touchdown and found Spivey free for the two-point conversion.

Oceanside quarterback Vinny Guarino showed some quick feet of his own on the next drive, darting up the middle on a quarterback draw for 19 yards on third-and-10 to move the Sailors to the Freeport 3. Two plays later, Diaz scored from the 1, but Guarino's potential game-tying two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, leaving the Sailors with a 28-26 deficit.

D'monte Woody, Freeport's big-play running back from last season, had been relatively quiet until that point, but picked a good time to get the hot hand. Or feet in this case.

He swept around right end for 25 yards, broke up the middle for 22 yards and finished off a drive in which he netted all 53 yards, by scoring from the 2. Jameel Lamont caught Tucker's two-point conversion pass with 4:29 to play, providing a two-score, 36-26 advantage that stood up.

Earlier, Tucker had connected with Jorden Curtis for a 60-yard gain that set up the game's first touchdown, a 1-yard run by Woody on a direct snap. Tucker ran in the two-point conversion.

Diaz broke free up the middle for a 57-yard touchdown run that, with the kick, made it 8-7. Freeport answered with a 50-yard scoring drive that ended with Tucker doing his east-west, north-south dance for a spectacular 20-yard TD run. Oceanside made it 14-14 at the half on J.T. D'Angelo's 8-yard TD run.

Then it was Tucker Time in the second half.

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