Lawrence quarterback Sean Moran throws a pass during the second...

Lawrence quarterback Sean Moran throws a pass during the second quarter of the Nassau County Conference III semifinals against Hewlett at Hofstra University on Friday, November 14, 2014. Credit: James Escher

There may have been a few gasps among the Lawrence fans in the stands at Hofstra Friday night when star running back Jordan Fredericks left the field in obvious pain late in the first quarter. Moments later, he needed help to remove his jersey and shoulder pads as he sat on a bench on the Golden Tornado sideline.

Relax, folks.

Fredericks and coach Joe Martillotti have two words for you: "Slight sprain."

Fredericks injured his left shoulder on a 17-yard run in the final minute of the first quarter and did not return as Lawrence rolled over Hewlett, 55-0, in a Nassau III semifinal. "We were moving the ball. I wasn't going to take a chance with the best player in the county," Martillotti said. "Three doctors looked at him. I'm expecting him to play next week."

Fredericks, bundled up under a hooded jacket and wearing a hat, gloves and a broad grin as he cheered for his teammates, said: "I fell on my shoulder as I was being tackled. I think I'll be ready."

The Golden Tornado (10-0) certainly was ready, with or without Fredericks. Lawrence amassed 458 yards rushing, even with Fredericks playing only one quarter. He had 122 yards on 13 carries, including touchdown runs of 13 and 45 yards. The Syracuse-bound Fredericks has a Long Island-best 32 touchdowns.

The Golden Tornado will face Plainedge next Friday at 7 p.m. at Hofstra in the Nassau III championship game. Hewlett finished 6-4.

Without Fredericks, quarterback Sean Moran assumed a greater role, and he clearly was up to the task. He rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on short dashes of 1, 1 and 3 yards. He also completed 5 of 10 passes for 75 yards. Lawrence outgained Hewlett 554-95 in total offense.

"Moran's a big-play guy, too. We've got some guys who can fly. It's not just Jordan," Martillotti said. "Sean has been a big part of our offense all season. He just gets overshadowed by Jordan."

Moran was confident he could handle an expanded role. "I knew I could do more. I've got the athleticism to run the offense," he said. "Our O-line was excellent. I have total confidence in them."

Moran said he wasn't concerned when Fredericks got hurt and added that the players didn't get into playing the speculation game. "We let the coaches and trainers handle that," he said. "We saw him smiling and we weren't worried. We expect him to bounce back."

The Golden Tornado showed just how relaxed it was regarding Fredericks' situation by rejoicing as a team when 5-7, 150-pound senior reserve Daveed Smith raced 76 yards for the final touchdown.

Said Martillotti, "We've got guys who can boogie."


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