McLune: Mr. Touchdown to Mr. Thorp

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Jake Heuskin, School Sports Editor

The Farmingdale Football season has come to an end, with the Dalers finishing with a record of 10-1. This year’s team became the ninth team in Farmingdale High School history to finish the regular season undefeated. Through the 11 games played, they outscored their opponents 435-182.

Other than records set by the team, there were also individual records set by Jordan McLune. McLune now owns every Farmingdale rushing record you could think of, such as most touchdowns in a career (67), and most rushing yards in a career (3,633). McLune also received All-County and All-Long Island honors. On December 7th, Newsday awarded him the Thorp Award, which is given to the Most Outstanding Player in Nassau County. He is the first Daler to be nominated for the award since Curtis Jenkins in 2013, and the first Daler to win the award since Ron Heller in 1979. McLune said to Newsday, “I think of this as a team award. Any time I broke off a big run, 10 other guys helped me get there.” Corey Hill, the anchor of the defense, was also nominated for the Piner Award, which is given to the Most Outstanding Linebacker in Nassau County. He finished with 123 tackles, and also received All-County Honors along with Fullback Kevin Eversley, and lineman Christian Erkens. On their way to the County Championship, the team defeated Valley Stream Central 56-6 in the quarterfinals, and defeated rival Massapequa at Hofstra 56-0 in the semifinals. Jordan McLune had a record day, tying the record for most touchdowns in a single game with 7 and also rushing for 390 yards. His record-tying seventh touchdown was a straight sprint where he was untouched for 97 yards. McLune said, “It felt good to get that win against ‘Pequa; we knew we were much better than them and they made it closer than it should’ve been last time.”

The season came to an unexpected end, as they lost to eventual Long Island Champion Freeport in the County Championship, 53-28. Although it didn’t end the way the team expected it to, many of the players have bright futures at the collegiate level.

 

* Picture Courtesy of Lifetouch