One week after Halloween, the Mac Arthur Generals brought out all the tricks to try and upset the Farmingdale Dalers at Don Snyder Stadium in Farmingdale. However, when the smoke settled, it was the Dalers dominate running attack and the kicking leg of Greg Catalano that treated Farmingdale to a come from behind 24-22 victory in the first round of the 2010 Conference one Nassau County football playoffs.
Trailing 21-14 late in the fourth quarter, Mac Arthur quarterback Kevin Monahan threw a lateral to Gerald Cunningham, who immediately looked up field and threw a perfect strike to running back Tom Joyce, who sprinted his way to the Dalers 23 yard line for a 57 yard gain. Joyce would find the end zone four plays later on a 5 yard touchdown run. Trailing 21-20, Monahan, who is also the kicker, lined up for the game tying extra point. Instead the ball was snapped directly to Monahan who threw to Joyce for the two point conversion and a 22-21 lead.
Farmingdale got the ball back with 7:06 remaining in the game and began to drive the field behind running back Kevin Wahl. On a fourth and inches from Mac Arthur’s 26 yard line, quarterback Sal Tuttle faked a handoff to Wahl and kept it himself for a 16 yard gain to the 10. Wahl was held to 5 yards on the next two carries and a bad snap on third down left Farmingdale with a fourth and goal from the 7. Kicker Greg Catalono, who was kicking into the net on the sidelines the entire second half, trotted onto the field for a 24 yard field goal attempt. The snap and hold were good and the kick sailed through the uprights, giving Farmingdale a 24-22 lead with 2:13 left in regulation.
Mac Arthur took over on their own 31 and Monahan quickly completed passes to Ellers, Greg Puka, Nick Meadows and Puka again, to get the ball to the Dalers 23 yard line. On 3rd and 4, Joyce was stopped for no gain leaving the Generals with a difficult decision. A field goal attempt would be from 40 yards out. After attempting to draw Farmingdale offsides, the kicking team came out onto the field. The long attempt had plenty of distance, but sailed wide left. Mac Arthur’s effort came up just short.
The trickery for Mac Arthur started mid way through the second quarter with Farmingdale leading 14-7, when running back Brett Ellers took the pitch from quarterback Kevin Monahan and began to run right. Ellers ran parallel to the line of scrimmage, looked up field and threw a perfect pass to wide receiver Will Cheshire for a 38 yard touchdown.
Farmingdale answered that score with a touchdown of their own, when Quarterback Sal Tuttle was flushed from the pocket only to find Rodney Torruella on the opposite side of the field for an 18 yard touchdown pass. The touchdown gave the Dalers a 21-14 halftime lead.
The teams played a game of field possession until Mac Arthur’s score in the fourth.
Mac Arthur opened the scoring in the game on a 12 play 83 yard drive that was capped off by a 2 yard touchdown run by Brett Ellers.
Farmingdale’s first two touchdowns came on a 9 yard touchdown run by Brian Prendergast and a 5 yard touchdown run by Kevin Wahl.
Farmingdale, who are the three seed in the conference, advance to Hofstra and must await the outcome of Saturday’s games to see who they will play in the second round of the playoffs.