Lawrence routs Plainedge for trip to LIC
When Mike Fragner talks about his team's offense, he conjures up the image of a smoothly running timepiece.
"There are so many skill guys and the type of guys who can score touchdowns anywhere on the field," the Lawrence wide receiver said. "Everyone is a moving part, though. It's an all-for-one offense."
Perhaps that was too delicate a description for the Golden Tornadoes, especially after they pounded third-seeded Plainedge, 54-21, in the Nassau III championship game yesterday at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. Lawrence, which scored on eight of nine possessions, will face the Westhampton-Sayville winner for the Long Island Class III title at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hofstra.
No. 1 Lawrence (11-0), which won its second straight Nassau III title, has scored a Long Island-record 560 points this season. The Golden Tornadoes literally controlled the clock Friday. Lawrence's 47-point third-quarter lead was enough for the game to go into running time -- a rare occurrence in high school football.
"Our offense is filled with guns that we can load [the ball] to," Tyler Fredericks said. "But there are certain people on the team . . . Our starters, we can give it to anybody in the starting lineup and they can get it done."
Fredericks scored four touchdowns, gained 262 yards on 10 carries -- more than 26 yards a run -- and added 60 yards on two catches.
Despite a long opening drive by Plainedge (8-3), Lawrence's season-long dominance took hold soon enough. With the Red Devils threatening on first and goal at the 7, Jordan Fredericks caused a fumble and batted the ball to Raquan Grandy, who recovered it at the 5. Four plays later, Tyler Fredericks broke free on a sweep off left tackle and scored on a 65-yard run with 7:35 left in the first quarter.
Tyler, the eldest Fredericks on the team this season, struck again seven minutes later when Joe Capobianco (two touchdown passes, one TD run) hit him on a post for a 23-yard TD and a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
"It's a lot easier" to have all those weapons, Tyler Fredericks said. "Not everything is thrown on my back personally. We have people like Fragner, [John] Ganas and my younger brother Jordan. It's'' -- he paused -- "good."
Capobianco's 25-yard keeper -- a play in which he cut to the left sideline and scored untouched -- capped a four-play, 80-yard drive for a 21-point lead with 10:22 left in the second quarter. Plainedge responded with a pitch to Gianfranco Soriente, who turned the left corner, stiff-armed a defender and scored on a 10-yard run with 4:42 left in the quarter.
Lawrence, which this year has made its mark by scoring often and quickly, rattled off three more TDs before the break: Capobianco's 17-yard pass to Fragner, Tyler Fredericks' 50-yard jaunt -- in which he hopped over one defender and slipped around another -- and a lateral pass to Fredericks, who scored on a 30-yard run with 26 seconds left.
Lawrence's longest first-half scoring drive lasted 2:31 on six plays. The Golden Tornadoes scored in 13 and 26 seconds to close out the second quarter. They amassed 519 total offensive yards on only 31 plays.
"Occasionally, we get a couple of drives with 30-yard bombs, 40-yard bombs, but we try to get a good drive going to get the game off on a good note," Tyler Fredericks said. "We're not really considered a big-play team."
If so, they have everyone fooled.