Lawrence entered this season as the defending Class III Long Island champions, and took everyone's best shots with a quarterback who led a brash bunch and were to determined to leave their mark in Long Island football history.
Carey was a team trying to dethrone its longtime nemesis Garden City on the way to its first ever Long Island championship with a quarterback who preferred to lead by example.
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Although they took different paths to get there, both Joe Capobianco of Lawrence and Ray Catapano of Carey were intense competitors, Long Island champions and after Wednesday night's awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, co-winners of the Don Snyder award as the best quarterback in Nassau County. Tyler Davis of Mepham, Nick Frenger of Plainedge and Brett Stewart of Garden City were the other finalists.
"There's not a throw on the field that I didn't have confidence in Joe making," Lawrence coach Joe Martillotti said. "Even if we got backed up into our own end of the field we would throw our way out of it because I knew what he could do." Martillotti proved that in the county championbianco made maybe the biggest throw of his career, hitting Sean Moran for 43 yards. Lawrence won on a last-second field goal a few plays later.
"It could have been the last throw of his career," Martillotti said. "It's something we come to expect from him but that throw was special."
Capobianco finished the season with 2,967 yards passing and 33 touchdowns. He also is the only quarterback in Long Island history to throw for 100 career touchdowns.
"Now that the season is over and we won again and he's a quarterback that won three straight Nassau titles, now it means something," Martilotti said. "He's marked down in Long Island history."
Catapano, who also won the Thorp Award as Nassau's top player, was equally as important to his team.
"Not only did he throw well and accurately but his athleticism really made us very difficult to defend," Carey coach Mike Stanley said. "He could keep plays alive with his legs and he also did a great job in the read-run game."
Both quarterbacks leave huge voids for their respective teams next year. "I'm going through a state of depression," Martillotti said, "because I'll have a real high school quarterback next year."