For the second consecutive season the Lawrence Golden Tornadeos are champions of Nassau County conference three as they defeated the Plainedge Red Devils 54-21 at Hofstra Stadium on Friday night.
Plainedge had no defense for the Lawrence offense and in particular Tyler Fredericks who had 320 yards from scrimmage, rushing for 260 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries. He electrified every one in attendance at Shuart Stadium and at times made it seem like a video game with his cuts, jukes and break away speed. Lawrence amassed over 500 yards of offense and now holds the Nassau County record for points scored in a season with 560.
Plainedge had the opportunity to score on their first drive after Gianfranco Soriente returned the opening kick-off to the Lawrence 28, but after securing two first downs they fumbled and turned the ball over on a first and goal from the Lawrence 7. Lawrence wasted no time getting on the board driving 95 yards in just four plays capped off by a 65-yard touchdown run by Fredericks.
Plainedge moved the ball to the Lawrence 26 on their second possession but a sack by Simon Jones halted the drive and ultimately Plainedge turned the ball back over on downs. Lawrence needed just six plays to reach pay dirt on a drive the included a 31-yard run by Fredericks and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Joe Capobianco to Simon Jones.
After a Plainedge three and out Lawrence went up 21-00 on an 80-yard drive that consisted of a 35-yard reception and runs of 9 and 11 yards by Fredericks, before a 25-yard touchdown run by Capobianco.
Plainedge followed by putting together a nice 70-yard drive that included a 38-yard pass from Nick Frenger to Nick Cupolo and a 10-yard touchdown run by Soriente that cut the Lawrence lead to 21-7.
Lawrence answered the scoring drive immediately as they went 55 yards in 5 plays, scoring from 17 yards out on a pass from Capobianco to Mike Fragner.
Fredericks added touchdown runs of 50 and 30 yards prior to the conclusion of the first half and a 59-yard touchdown run to open up the second as Lawrence expanded their lead to 48-7 before pulling their first team mid-way through the third quarter. The remainder of the game was played almost entirely in real time as the clock was only stopped after scoring plays.
The victory puts Lawrence in the Long Island championship for the fifth time in seven years and they will look to take home their second title over that span when they play the winner of the Sayville-WestHampton game on Friday November 30th at Hofstra University.