Undefeated Lawrence captures Rutgers Cup as Nassau's best team

Lawrence players celebrate after their 21-20 win over

Lawrence players celebrate after their 21-20 win over Sayville in the Class III Long Island Championship at Hofstra University. (Nov. 30, 2012) (Credit: James Escher)

Joe Martilotti lifted the Rutgers Cup over his head and proudly displayed the trophy for everyone to see. His Lawrence Golden Tornadoes had a season to remember.

Lawrence won the Long Island Class III football championship with a stirring 21-20 win over Sayville Nov. 30. A fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown by Eddie Robinson was followed by an extra point for the win and set up the Golden Tornadoes to hoist Nassau's coveted team trophy.

Lawrence earned 39 of 50 first-place votes and 136 total points. The award was voted upon by county coaches and announced Sunday at the Nassau County Football Coaches Association banquet at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Garden City, which won the Long Island Class II title, had eight first-place votes and 89 points. Farmingdale, the Nassau Conference I titlist, had three first-place votes and 63 points.

"I thought it could be a special year," Lawrence coach Martilotti said. "I thought we deserved it. Our guys worked very hard to achieve all their goals."

It was a record-breaking year for Lawrence, which went 12-0 and scored a Long Island- record 584 points. Junior quarterback Joe Capobianco and senior wide receiver Robinson connected on 19 touchdown passes. Capobianco finished with 38 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.

"This is the ultimate team award that every team in the county wants to win," Capobianco said. "We really deserved this and not only because we had a great season on the field. We had to go through so much adversity and hard times after superstorm Sandy. We had guys who couldn't even live at home, but they made practice and made this a focus. We were family at Lawrence. And this recognizes what we accomplished. I am so proud to be a part of this team."

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