Pedro Martinez's field goal puts Lynbrook in playoffs

The Lynbrook High School varsity football team marches The Lynbrook High School varsity football team marches onto the field at the start of their homecoming game. (Sept. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Handout

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Lynbrook knew it needed a win to clinch a playoff spot, but the Owls faced a difficult task trying to knock off Plainedge Saturday.

Pedro Martinez kicked the winning field goal with 11 seconds left as Lynbrook upset Plainedge, 17-14, in Nassau III. With the win, the Owls clinched a playoff spot for the seventh year in a row.

Starting the season 1-3, the Owls won three of their last four games to finish 4-4 and make a run at a playoff berth. Plainedge, at 6-2, is a No. 3-seed in the playoffs.

"We're playing our best football at the right time," Lynbrook coach Steve LoCicero said. "As a young team, we feel as if we finally figured out where we need to be."

Tied at 14 with a little over four minutes left, Austin Bilello recovered a fumble at the Lynbrook 26-yard line that led to an 11-play drive to win the game. During the drive, Joe Grossi ran a fake punt for 12 yards on fourth-and-6 from the Lynbrook 30-yard line to keep the drive going. Matt Fernez later ran a reverse on third-and-12 to continue the drive. Danny Kelly then ran four straight times for 32 yards to put the Owls in position for the winning kick.

"It's a huge win for us," LoCicero said. "Plainedge is very well-coached; they're a great team. We played some great defense today to get this win."

Kelly finished with 153 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries and went 4-for-10 for 137 yards and a touchdown. The senior has rushed for 989 yards in the past four games and has 1,162 rushing yards this season.

"We've been using him as a Wildcat quarterback instead of a tailback these past four games," LoCicero said. "I think he's seeing the holes a lot better and the blocking by the offensive line has been great."

Nick LoCicero had two receptions for 75 yards. Bilello led with 11 tackles, three of which were for a loss, and also caught a 49-yard touchdown pass. Kevin Estrada had eight tackles and two sacks and Matt Mott added seven tackles.

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