Coming off consecutive shutout losses, Valley Stream Central stayed focused on the big picture and got its offense in gear last Saturday with six touchdown drives in a 41-21 victory at Herricks to even its record through six Conference II football games.
The Eagles, who moved into fifth place in the standings with 116.67 power rating points, took the lead for good on junior Josh Rogers’ 2-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Quran Watkins was the offensive catalyst throughout the day and finished with two passing scores and two rushing scores.
“The kids have bought in since the first day of practice and even though we were coming off two tough games, we felt we improved,” Central head coach Mike Rubino said. “It’s a young team that’s growing week to week. I told them not to listen to any of the outside noise and just control what they can control.”
Rubino was particularly pleased with getting the air attack going. Watkins connected with junior Mohammad Daffalla for a 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter and iced the victory with a 30-yard scoring strike to senior Courtney Lord in the fourth. Watkins also hooked up with sophomore Jordan Jean-Joseph for a long completion to set up his own third-quarter touchdown run.
“Our timing hasn’t been there in the passing game, but we got in sync,” Rubino explained. “The emphasis during practice over the last few weeks has been the passing game. We knew we couldn’t run the ball 90 percent of the time. We need to have balance.”