There will come a time when Joe Capobianco looks back on his high school football career and is satisfied. Not yet, though. The Lawrence junior quarterback wears a constant scowl and is quick to remind himself that his work is never done.
"There is always room for improvement," Capobianco said. "There is always another step to take to improve yourself and help the team."
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If that's the mind-set of the Inwood native, then he is going to have a difficult time topping his performance of 2012. Capobianco set the Long Island single-season record with 38 touchdown passes as he led Lawrence to a 12-0 season and the Long Island Class III championship.
For his remarkable achievements, Capobianco earned the Don Snyder Award, given to Nassau's best quarterback, Sunday at the Nassau County Football Coaches Association banquet at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
"It is a great honor to win this award among all the great quarterbacks in Nassau," said Capobianco, who also was named the state Class A player of the year. "I couldn't have done it without my offensive line doing a great job and without all the extra work my quarterback coach, Frank Zangari, put in with me to help me get better."
Capobianco posted record numbers this season as Lawrence rolled to the Nassau Conference III title before beating Sayville in a 21-20 thriller in the Class III final. He completed 129 of 166 passes (77.7 percent) for a Long Island-record 2,609 yards.
"He has great touch on his passes," said record-breaking teammate Eddie Robinson, who earned the New York Jets wide receiver award. "We had an unbelievable chemistry and he always put the ball in the right spot."
Robinson, a senior who finished with a Long Island-record 19 touchdown receptions, caught all of them on passes from Capobianco.
"We definitely had something special," Capobianco said. "He'll be tough to replace."
The 5-11, 205-pound Capobianco, a two-year starter, rushed for 423 yards and another six touchdowns this season.
"I'm going to enjoy this for a while, but we have a lot of work to do to defend our title next year," he said. "And I won't be satisfied until we do."