LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Two months ago, Quinn Devlin hadn't lined up as a running back in five years.
That was when he was 10 years old. But a teammate's injury forced Devlin, now a sophomore, to move back to his old position in the backfield, and on Thursday night, he looked like he'd never stopped playing the position.
Devlin rushed for more than 200 yards on 37 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Livingston football team closed out its season with a 35-20 victory over Morristown. Devlin carried the ball 21 times in the second half alone, when the Lancers were protecting a lead in the pouring rain.
"I started this season as a wide receiver," Devlin said. "When our starting running back, Brian Russo, got injured and was out for the season, I took over at running back."
But Devlin was brought along slowly at first in a Livingston offense that favors the pass. But on a cold, rainy night, Devlin was the workhorse.
"I had never played the position since fifth grade (until last month)," Devlin said. "When I was moved back, I learned from there. With this weather tonight, we were not throwing the ball as much."
Quarterback David Cotugno threw touchdown passes to Devlin and Will Egner on a screen play to account for Livingston's two first-half scores. The Lancers led, 14-12, at halftime.
In the third quarter, Livingston lineman Zach Greenberg recovered a Morristown fumble near midfield to initiate a seven-play, 52-yard drive. Cotugno, a junior who also did not begin this season as Livingston's starting quarterback, capped the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to a wide open Ben Hauser in the end zone with 5:01 left in the third quarter on fourth down and four. Spencer Feldman's third extra point kick of the night gave Livingston a 21-12 lead.
Cotugno, who took over as the starting QB in late September, completed 17 of 29 passes for 206 yards in the game.
Greenberg had a sack of Morristown's QB on the Colonials' next abbreviated possession before Livingston regained possession and Devlin scored on a 17-yard run right up the middle with 1:40 left in the third to close out a six-play, 51-yard drive.
The Lancers' final TD of the night was set up by Luke Nardone's interception, giving Livingston the ball on the Morristown 30 with 5:30 left in the game. Cotugno completed a 25-yard pass to Hauser on first down. Four plays later, on fourth and goal, Devlin plowed in from the 1 with 4:05 left and Feldman's PAT made it 35-12.
Livingston (4-6) finished its season with two straight victories, having beaten Columbia in overtime, 26-20, last Friday. All six of the Lancers' losses came against teams that are in the NJSIAA playoffs this weekend.