Huge jet planes repeatedly roared overhead en route to landing at nearby JFK Airport. Pretty much like the Lawrence offense.
The host Golden Tornadoes used the end zone as their own private landing strip Saturday, scoring nine touchdowns in a 63-0 victory over Plainedge in a Nassau III battle of undefeated teams.
The pilot of this devastating offense was junior quarterback Joe Capobianco, who needed just nine completions in 14 attempts to compile 357 yards and five touchdowns -- on plays of 47, 99, 90, 35 and 23.
"I've got the best quarterback on Long Island and it's not even close," Lawrence coach Joe Martillotti said after his team improved to 7-0.
Capobianco leads Long Island with 23 touchdown passes this season and has 52 for his career. "I'm going for the Long Island record," Capobianco said of the career mark of 73 set last season by Steven Ferreira of Sayville. "I want that record."
The high-powered Golden Tornadoes' offense is hardly a one-man show. Wide receiver Eddie Robinson caught six passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 11 for the season. Sophomore Jordan Fredericks made a spectacular play when he turned a shovel pass into a 99-yard flight to the end zone late in the second quarter. He also scored on a 72-yard run and now has 14 touchdowns.
"With our offensive line and our receivers, I always feel comfortable," Capobianco said. "Plainedge couldn't defend our deep post."
The Red Devils (6-1) had trouble defending the run, too, as Lawrence totaled 348 yards rushing -- 145 by Fredericks on just six carries -- for a grand total of 705 yards from scrimmage. "It's awesome. I love watching what we do on offense," Robinson said.
The Golden Tornadoes are proud of their defense, too. "The starters haven't given up a point all season," Robinson pointed out.
They were tested in the red zone twice when the game was still close. Leading 14-0, Lawrence stopped Plainedge at the 10 when Elijah Jones batted down a fourth-down pass. On the very next play, Capobianco fumbled giving the Red Devils the ball back at the Lawrence 18. But on fourth-and-6, Fredericks made a tumbling interception at the 3.
After Capobianco was nearly sacked for a safety on first down, battling to get the ball inches beyond the goal line, the runway was cleared for a Fredericks takeoff. Capobianco took the snap in the end zone, shoveled it to Fredericks and the Red Devils were buried with 4:42 left before halftime.
"After they nearly got me in the end zone, I knew they'd be aggressive," Capobianco said. "They thought we'd run the ball to get out of trouble. I knew that was the play to beat that alignment."
Fredericks made it go, breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage then turning on the afterburners when he streaked down the left sideline. "I saw a cut-back lane and got two great blocks from my wide receivers," Fredericks said. "It was just speed from there."
Like a jet.