You could say that Hewlett's 28-point victory over Lawrence on Sept. 25 left its mark.
To be certain they wouldn't forget that loss, several Golden Tornado players had "35-7" inscribed in silver on the black face paint they wore under their eyes to prevent glare.
That was the halftime score of Friday night's rematch in a Nassau Conference III football semifinal playoff game at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium . . . with Lawrence comfortably ahead. Clearly, the No. 2 Golden Tornado got the message, as it rolled to a 49-14 victory to advance the next Friday's county championship game at 7 p.m. against top-seeded Lynbrook, a 54-20 winner over Plainedge.
"We knew we had to beat them up in the beginning. We wouldn't take losing as an option this time," said Lawrence quarterback Samson Bialostok, who directed the first-half onslaught, when the Golden Tornado (8-2) scored touchdowns on all five of its possessions.
Fifth-seeded Hewlett finished 6-3.
Bialostok, who was 9-for-11 passing for 183 yards and ran 10 times for 77 yards, completed his first eight passes for 163 yards in the first half, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Fredericks to open the scoring. Bialostok also ran for two first-half touchdowns, on runs of 22 and 1 yard.
Ryan Fredericks, Tyler's older brother, also had a huge first half, rushing for 115 of his game-high 153 yards and one of his two touchdowns. Tyler wound up with three touchdowns, running for 57 yards on 11 carries and catching two passes for 48 yards.
"It's never clicked like it did today," Ryan Fredericks said of the offense, which gained 358 of its 498 yards in total offense by halftime. "Everything worked great."
According to Bialostok, that was because the offensive line was dominant. "It was the most energized I've seen them all season," Bialostok said. "I only got touched one time the entire game."
That offensive line began to jell midway through the season, when first-year coach Joe Martillotti switched to a 3-5 defense, freeing up the linemen to play only on offense. "It started up front. They were unbelievable," Martillotti said, adding that the team was fresh now and the players were taking charge.
Those up front, Karim Mohamed, Chris Hercules, Derek Jacobs, Jason Delgroos and Darion Dennis, controlled the line of scrimmage from the game's opening drive, allowing Bialostok as much time as he needed to find a receiver and opening holes for a running game that produced 315 yards.
"We don't expect big plays, but they just happen," Ryan Fredericks said. "This was fun."
This time, it was Lawrence's turn to make its mark.