Farmingdale Dalers Football
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Farmingdale head football coach Buddy Krumenacker knows exactly what it will take for his club to make the Conference I playoffs this year.
“We have to stay healthy,” he accentuated on more than one occasion.  “We not only have a lot of players coming back, but a lot of good players coming back, but so do the other teams we face.”   There are 50 players on his squad.  All the starters are seniors.
Fourteen teams comprise Conference I, eight of which qualify for the playoffs.  Post-season is within the division, so it is likely you could face a team a second time.  The winner in Nassau County then takes on the winner in Suffolk County for the Rutgers Cup.  
The Dalers finished 6-2 in the regular season last year, then blew out Calhoun and Syosset in the playoffs.  However, they lost to Freeport, 34-20 in the County finals at Hofstra after defeating the Red Devils, 35-0, in the regular season.  
A graduate of the school (class of 1965), Krumenacker has coached for 42 years.  
“I started at Hempstead H.S. in the ‘80’s where we won five conference titles,” he bragged.  At Farmingdale since 1993, his club has failed to qualify for the Final Four only once.  He did not know how many County titles he’s won.  
The Dalers prepared for its Opening Day match with MacArthur High School by scrimmaging Garden City, Sewanaka and Malverne in late August.  The squad is relying on four key players to make a run at a championship.  
Quarterback Sal Tuttle returns for his 2nd season as signal caller.  He started playing football at age 5 with the “Hawks”, a local sandlot club.
“My dad was the coach and I enjoyed having fun with my friends,” he advised.  As a freshman, Tuttle played on the JV; then moved up to varsity for the playoffs.  He played on special teams as a sophomore before getting the starting QB nod as a junior.   He stated he can throw the ball 70 yards.  He admitted to being nervous in the finals “playing in front of all those people.”  
The youngster also plays lacrosse in the spring at the attack position. His professional goal is to be a physical trainer.  
“Sal’s best quality is his command of the offense,” Krumenacker asserted.  “We do not run an ‘I’ formation where you just hand off -- we run a ‘spread’ so you need to understand what we’re trying to accomplish.  He is an accurate passer and has a feel of what the opposition is doing.  He gained over 1,000 yards last year running and passing.  Over the course of the summer and pre-season, he brought the leadership qualities we were looking for and produced a year ago.  He’s ready to go.”  
Derrick Stokes is Tuttle’s back-up, but Krumenacker was adamant that there is little drop-off in actual talent.
“In virtually all scenarios, he’d be a starter,” he conceded.  “He did a great job in the off-season with his weight training.  He too has ‘command’ of the offense and is very effective from the wildcat position.”  
Carl Brescia plays linebacker and tight end.  He also started playing football at 5 on the “Hawks” where his father was a coach.  Last year, he was selected “All-Conference”.  He takes his role as captain very seriously.  
“It’s my job to communicate with all the players by tapping them on the head,” he laughed.  “I have to know everybody’s position, make all the defensive calls and tell the secondary what stunts they’re going into.  I’m very vocal, as you can see.”  
An outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA, Brescia also plays lacrosse at the attack position.  He is interested in a number of colleges including Marist, Stony Brook and the University of Pennsylvania.  He wants to study either accounting or pre-med.
The youngster can point to a definite turning point of the season -- it was Game #7.
“We had struggled at the beginning and were 4-2.  We had lost to Syosset on a last-second field goal and to East Meadow, 7-6, in double overtime. We were tied with Uniondale, 14-14 heading into overtime; then we kicked a field goal.  When they tried to score, I sacked the quarterback on first down and intercepted a pass on third. It was then we came together as a team.  We had extra energy and extra enthusiasm.”   He expressed disappointment on their loss of the Nassau championship game to Freeport.
“They moved their running back, Kevin Allen to quarterback.  He was in the wildcat position.  He picked where he wanted to go.  He was faster than us – we couldn’t get him.”
Kevin Wahl is in his 2nd year as a running back after playing JV as a freshman and sophomore.  He is expected to carry the load after splitting time with another back last year.  He also plays inside linebacker.  
“He gained over 800 yards rushing and has great cutting ability,” his coach said.  “We call him a ‘Yak yards guy’ – someone who gains yards after contact.  He has the quickness to make a defender miss.”  
“I got involved by watching my older brother Billy play,” Wahl advised.  “I was always aggressive growing up.  My brother used to beat me up a lot.”   
Wahl felt his finest moment was when he scored three touchdowns against rival Massapequa.   He had 14 for the season.  He enjoys the competition and camaraderie.
“We play with heart and determination.  We push each other to play harder and get into each other’s faces in a good way.  My goal is to finish the season right by winning the Long Island Championship.”  
Rodney Torruella doubles as a safety and wide receiver.  “He was banged up last year, but has had a great pre-season and adds strength to our secondary,” his coach praised.  “He catches the ball well and is a good defender.”
Brian Predergast starts at strong safety, wide receiver and plays on special teams.  He scored seven touchdowns in 2009.  He wants to attend Towson University and play lacrosse like he does at Farmingdale.  He feels lacrosse and football go hand-in-hand.
“Football helps lacrosse because of its physicality and lacrosse helps football because it builds speed,” he stressed.  
“Brian is great at diagnosing plays from his outside linebacker position,” Krumenacker said.  “He has a real nose for the football.”  His shining moment last year was not planned.
“I took over at quarterback against Syosset in the playoffs when Tuttle got hurt,” he recollected.  “I got help from Kevin Wahl but knew what to do.  We won by a big score.”  
The green-and-white feel they have a strong offensive line.  
“Center Ryan Kelly makes the offensive line calls,” Krumenacker informed.  “He has great understanding of blocking schemes.  He makes adjustments if need be.”
“Brendan Terry starts at guard after starting at defensive tackle last year.  He gets off the ball well, is extremely disruptive, has real good feet, can block, trap and pull.”
“Guard James Schmachtenberg is the lone returning starter.  He does a great job pass blocking and is someone we can run behind.”
“Pat Starke started last year as a cover corner and receiver and we expect him to do the same things this year.  He’s a very good receiver and pass defender.”
“Mike Palmer is a 2-year starter.  He did a nice job at outside linebacker last year but this year, we moved him inside.  He’s a very good blitzer and had a bundle of sacks.”  
“Vinny Schultz missed a lot of last year with a hip injury.  He will play cover corner, wide receiver and kick returner.  He’s quick, can run and is a tough little kid.”  
Krumenacker does not view himself as a ‘one-man show.’  He described his coaching staff as “excellent”.
“We’ve been together for 14 years.  Pete Moore is the offensive coordinator and played here in 1965.  Joe Schwarz handles the offensive and defensive lines, Tom Corcoran is the special teams’ coordinator and Rich Maniscalco handles the scout team.  I handle the defense.  Their roles are defined and all are extremely capable.  They all work in the district and are friends with each other.  They all bring what they’re supposed to.”  
Krumenacker does not see any “pushovers” on the road to the playoffs.    
”We have to stay healthy to win.  If we lose starters, we’ll be in trouble.  We have depth but it’s not the same.  We were voted the #1 seed in the pre-season coach’s poll which is nice, but that’s only on paper.  We have to do it on the field.”  




SIDEBAR - FARMINGDALE H.S. FOOTBALL

Past Performances:    Competes in Nassau (Large Schools) League I
Went 6-2 in regular season in 2009
Defeated Calhoun and Syosset in the playoffs
Lost to Freeport in the County Finals at Hofstra, 34-20

Outlook for 2010:        Should notch a playoff spot.
Players see Freeport and Syosset as toughest competitors.

KEY PLAYERS

Sal Tuttle            Senior        6’1” 165 lbs.            QB
Started playing at the age of 5 with the “Hawks” sandlot team.
Played JV in the 9th grade.  Brought up to Varsity for the playoffs.
Played on special teams as a sophomore.  Was the starting QB as a junior.
Biggest thrill:  Beating Massapequa as a sophomore and junior.
Has committed to attend Hofstra University next fall.  

Carl Brescia            Senior        6’1” 205 lbs.            TE / LB
Started playing at the age of 5 with the “Hawks” sandlot team.
Team captain.   Calls defensive signals.    Very vocal on the field.  
Played JV as a 9th grader.   Starter at linebacker as a sophomore.
Was a running back, as well as a linebacker as a junior.  Prefers defense.
Also plays lacrosse for Farmingdale (attack position).
Biggest thrill:  Blowing out Uniondale, 48-7 as a sophomore.
3.9 GPA.  Wants to pursue either accounting or pre-med in college.
Is looking into a number of colleges including Marist and the University of PA.

Kevin Wahl            Senior         5’10” 185 lbs.        RB / LB
Started playing at the age of 5 with the “Hawks” sandlot team.
Played JV as a freshman and sophomore.
Played varsity as a junior, both as a running back and back-up linebacker.
Split time with another running back last year.  Expected to carry the load in 2010
Calls himself an “aggressive” person.
Older brother Billy played for Farmingdale.  Kevin watched him play.  
Biggest thrill:  Beating Massapequa, 35-7 and scoring 3 touchdowns himself.  

Brian Prendergast        Senior        5’9” 170 lbs.      Strong safety / slotback
Started playing at the age of 5 with the “Hawks” sandlot team.
Also plays lacrosse for Farmingdale (attack position).
Will be attending Towson University (MD) where he hopes to play lacrosse.
Scored 7 touchdowns last year.  Also played on special teams.
Biggest thrill:  Taking over at QB in the playoffs last year against Syosset when
Tuttle got hurt and leading them to victory.

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