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Dalers Seek To Dominate, Once Again

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

The Dalers will have the challenge of returning to the top without RB Curtis Jenkins--who was a competitive force of nature last season—rushing for 1,370 yards with 17 TDs, 5 TDs through the air and QB Vinny Quinn--the emotional leader of the team—who threw 15 TDs against only two interceptions with eight rushing TDs.

That duo led the Dalers to their second straight Long Island Championship before losing to Sachem North 27-21. In the previous game, held at Hofstra University, Jenkins rushed for 232 yards and three TDS to set the stage for Zach Kolodny’s game-winning field goal to send the Dalers to the LIC. Quinn went 6-for-8 passing the ball for 116 yards and one TD. He also

Despite the loss of such talents, Krumenacker is confident the team will not miss a beat. “We’ve got two senior running backs and they’ll share the load,” he said referring to Styvenson Hogarth and Michael Outing. Hogarth accounted for 8 TD’s last season—four on the ground and through the air. Outing—despite carrying the ball only 22 times—produced 215 yards (9.7 yards per carry) and scored twice.

They may not need to duplicate the success of Jenkins in ’13 as long as the incumbent QB Mike Scheurer develops into the player that the coaching staff believes he can. Last season, he completed 14-19 passes for 195 yards and two TDS. He also rushed for two TDs.

Although this crop of players were not starters, Krumenacker noted that they saw more playing time than ordinary backups due to the amount of blowout games the Dalers competed in.

“We have a lot of players back with experience.  Because of the big leads that we had, we were able to get a lot of guys in,” he said. Now his crop of seniors are ready to play crucial roles. “They’ve been with us for three years and this is what we’ve expected of them.

The defense will be led by Keyshawn Petit-Frere, who he believes “absolutely will be an impact player” as a defensive lineman.

The Dalers will be playing in a difficult conference, having to compete with the likes of Oceanside and Syosset in addition to Massapequa.  The conference also added MacArthur and Port Washington, which makes 14 teams.

Krumenacker noted that they are not ready to set their goal to knocking off Sachem North in the LIC.

“We’re just looking to take it game-by-game right now,” he said. Judging by their recent success, however, it will be difficult not to expect another deep playoff run.

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


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