Sal Tuttle gave his best Tyler Heuer impression, then Kevin Wahl did his best Tuttle impression. But after all the acting, Farmingdale played its usual part.
With Tuttle rushing for two touchdowns and completing 8 of 9 passes for 162 yards, and Wahl rushing for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, No. 3 Farmingdale beat No. 2 Oceanside, 42-20, in a Nassau Conference I football semifinal last night at Hofstra. The Dalers (8-2) advanced to their third county final in the last four years and will play top-seeded Freeport at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hofstra.
Oceanside beat Farmingdale, 41-17, in Week 5 of the regular season. Said Wahl, "It was great to get back at them after they beat us so horribly.''
Farmingdale senior quarterback Tuttle outmatched Heuer, who threw a Nassau-record 34 touchdown passes this season. But Tuttle appeared to injure his right (throwing) shoulder while running an option play with Wahl with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter.
After Oceanside went four-and-out, Dalers coach Buddy Krumenacker went to Wahl in the Wildcat. He converted a third-and-13 with a 19-yard scamper and capped the drive with a 15-yard TD run to give Farmingdale a 35-20 lead as time ran out in the third quarter. Wahl, who later scored on an 11-yard run, said of the Wildcat: "We work on it all week just in case. I've been playing football since I'm 5 years old, so I'm prepared for anything that comes my way.''
Tuttle returned with 6:35 remaining in the game but did not attempt another pass.
Heuer threw his season-high third interception to Eric Saur with 5:39 to play to put the game on ice.
Tuttle hit Pat Starke with a 59-yard pass down the right sideline on the second play from scrimmage and ran 9 yards for a touchdown two plays later to make it 7-0 just 1:41 into the game. Starke returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-0 three minutes into the game.
The Sailors (8-2) got on the board with 5:34 left in the first quarter on a pitchout to Nick Sherry that went for a 12-yard touchdown run.
Tuttle rushed for his second TD with 2:25 left in the quarter and Wahl ran in the two-point conversion to make it 21-7. Brian Prendergast's 9-yard TD on a sweep around right end gave the Dalers a 21-point lead less than 14 minutes into the game before Heuer scored on a 4-yard run and hit Phil Ragona with a 4-yard TD pass to make it 28-20.
Said Tuttle, "All week we were running and passing the ball great. It felt great. The first time we played them, we had a lead too, but this time we didn't let up.''