Lawrence looking for a little payback vs. Bethpage
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Lawrence is scoring points at a head-turning pace. With 116 in their first two wins, the Golden Tornado is on track to ring up more than 500 points this season and possibly challenge the Long Island mark of 544 by East Meadow last year, when Lawrence was No. 2 with 530. But it's so much more than records for Lawrence, which is looking for its first Long Island Championship since 2006.
The Golden Tornado would like nothing more than to exact revenge on Bethpage after the Golden Eagles came to their home field and dropped an 18-point defeat on the highflying boys of Inwood early last year.
"They definitely came in and took it away from us," Lawrence quarterback Joe Capobianco said. "And it motivated us for the rest of the season. We were a better team after that loss."
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The Golden Tornado will travel to Bethpage Friday night for a pivotal Nassau III game in the MSG Varsity Friday Night Football game of the week at 7 p.m. The game will air live on Cablevision Channel 14.
"Oh, they put it on us last year and we haven't forgotten," Lawrence coach Joe Martilotti said. "This is a big game for us for a lot of reasons. We didn't get the chance to play them again and the boys feel they have something to prove."
Bethpage ground out a stunning 37-19 win over Lawrence in Week 2 of the 2011 regular season and went on to win nine straight games before being eliminated by Plainedge in the semifinals of the conference playoffs. Lawrence won eight in a row after the loss, including a conference title win over Plainedge.
"We're fired up to play at Bethpage," Lawrence senior halfback Tyler Fredericks said. "There is unfinished business with them."
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