Lawrence's Joe Capobianco sets LI mark for career passing TDs
With Lawrence leading Glen Cove by 39 points at halftime in what became a 53-7 victory Saturday, there weren't many reasons for the Golden Tornadoes to leave starting quarterback Joe Capobianco in the game to begin the second half.
But one reason was history.
The senior already had tied the Long Island record for most career passing touchdowns with two TD throws in the first half, matching the mark of 73 set by Sayville's Steven Ferreira. With the chance to break the two-year-old record in front of his home crowd, Capobianco took the field for Lawrence's first possession of the third quarter.
After nearly throwing the record-breaking ball three times on the drive, Capobianco found Jordan Fredericks on a 27-yard flag route on third-and-goal to complete his 74th career TD pass and set the Long Island record.
The rest was history as Lawrence (2-0) dominated the Nassau III game. Glen Cove fell to 1-1.
"Being in the record books is cool, but I have to keep adding to it so no one else can get to it," Capobianco said. "At halftime, Coach said we were only going to play one more drive and said, 'If you want to break the record, go do it on this drive.' "
Said Lawrence coach Joe Martillotti: "You don't play for records, but when you get a kid who's that close, you just want to get it done and then focus on football."
Capobianco nearly broke the record earlier on the drive when Mike Spinelli caught a pass and ran 80 yards before being tackled at Glen Cove's 7-yard line. Penalties then negated two completions in the end zone and moved Lawrence back 20 yards. But with 6:11 left in the third quarter, Capobianco floated a ball that landed perfectly in Fredericks' hands in the front corner of the end zone for the record and a 46-0 lead.
"I wasn't worried. I knew we would eventually get into the end zone," Capobianco said. "Once I saw Jordan open, I knew I could hit him. He got separation and I just had to put it in the right place, and I did."
Said Fredericks: "I knew Cap was waiting for me to turn my head around and he just put it in the right spot and I caught it."
Capobianco, a three-year starter, completed 9 of 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns -- all caught by Fredericks -- and ran for 70 yards and a TD on nine carries.
But the career TD passing record isn't the only history Capobianco is chasing this season. His 217 yards gave him 5,468 passing yards for his career and put him in third place on Long Island's all-time passing list behind Ferreira (6,407) and Holy Trinity's Chris Laviano (5,833). But the most important record to Capobianco is his team's 2-0 mark and its pursuit of a second consecutive Long Island Class III championship -- a feat that has never been accomplished in Lawrence history.
"It means a lot to break the record," Capobianco said. "But it won't mean a thing until we win the LIC, go undefeated and win the Rutgers Cup."