For the last two years, Ricky Conway shared the running back chores in Lindenhurst’s high-scoring offense. This year, the 5-9, 180-pound senior will share the spotlight.
Conway scored four touchdowns, all in the first half, as Lindenhurst beat host Sachem East, 34-13, yesterday in Suffolk I.
“He’s dynamic and athletic when he gets his hands on the ball,” Lindenhurst coach Nick Lombardo said after the Bulldogs improved to 2-0. “This year he is the go-to-guy and he’s showing why.”
Conway showed his versatility by scooting left for a 16-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass that made it 14-0. He then rushed for three touchdowns in the second quarter — on runs of 3, 1 and 5 yards — as the Bulldogs scored the game’s first 34 points and then rested their starters in the second half. The Flaming Arrows are 0-1.
Conway carried 10 times for 44 yards and his backup, Mike Anderson, added 17 carries for 48 yards. Nick Anzalone was efficient, completing 10 of 13 passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns.
He hit Jeremy Ruckert (three catches, 43 yards, 4-for-4 on PATs) for a 5-yard TD pass to open scoring. Ruckert showed his versatility by pressuring Sachem East’s punter into a 4-yard kick that set up the fourth touchdown. He shifted from wide receiver to tight end, his projected position at Ohio State, for a couple of series, and helped clear the way for Conway’s 1-yard scoring run.
“He’s one of our best blockers but he doesn’t have to do it too often for us because that’s not what’s best for our offense,” Lombardo said of Ruckert. “We’ll try to use him as a tight end in some spots this year. He did a good job today when he got the opportunity.”
So did Conway.
Get used to it.