Lawrence's offense, led by quarterback Joe Capobianco and playmaker Jordan Fredericks, spent the majority of yesterday's Nassau III semifinal against Glen Cove on the sidelines of Hofstra's James M. Shurat Stadium.
But just because they were off the field, doesn't mean they could be kept off the scoreboard.
Lawrence had the ball for just 14:09 but completed six of its seven scoring drives in under two minutes, as the No. 2 Golden Tornadoes expanded a seven-point halftime-lead to a 45-26 victory over No. 5 Glen Cove.
Capobianco threw four TD passes and Fredericks rushed for 245 yards on 11 carries with four total TDs. Lawrence (9-1) will face No. 1 Plainedge or No. 6 Floral Park in the Nassau III final Nov. 23 at Hofstra at 12:30 p.m. Glen Cove finishes 5-5.
"We calmed down at halftime, they got in our heads a little bit but coach talked us down . . . and once we're calm, we're something else," Capobianco said. "I've been blessed with great receivers."
Said Lawrence coach Joe Martillotti: "The ball got spread around today but with a tight game out of the half, we just let Joe and Jordan do what they do."
Fredericks was the difference in the third, as Lawrence outscored Glen Cove, 20-0, with Fredericks scoring twice. After leading 19-12 at halftime, Lawrence got the ball to start the third quarter and scored on four plays in 1:56, as Capobianco hit Simon Jones on a wheel route for a 34-yard TD.
Fredericks accounted for all 69 yards on Lawrence's next drive, which lasted just three plays in 34 seconds. Fredericks caught a 21-yard pass on the first play, rushed for seven yards on the next and scored on a 41-yard rush to make it 32-12 with 3:48 left in the third. Lawrence's next drive was even quicker, as Fredericks took a handoff on the first play and burst through the middle for a 68-yard TD.
"The key is, everybody looks for certain lanes, and keep your eyes open down field," Fredericks said. "You need to get key blocks or set up blocks for yourself and then find the end zone."
In the fourth, Glen Cove scored on Ryan Perkins' 1-yard run, Lawrence answered with a 1-yard pass from Capobianco to Fredericks and Glen Cove scored as time expired on an 85-yard pass from David Perkins to Mike Burrell, who caught all three of Perkins' TD throws and totaled six catches for 132 yards.
Capobianco completed 11 of 18 passes for 219 yards, Fredericks had an interception, rushed for three scores and caught two balls for 22 yards and a TD in addition to his 245 rushing yards.
Capobianco, who broke the all-time Long Island record for TD passes in Lawrence's Sept. 21 meeting with Glen Cove, is closing in on another milestone, as he now has 97 TD passes for his career, and 30 on the season.
But he's still focused on winning a third consecutive county championship.
"It's in the back of my head," Capobianco said. "But we're playing to win, we're not playing to get to 100."