No one has set a higher bar for the Lawrence offense then star running back Jordan Fredericks. Although he is reluctant to call it "his offense," he certainly sees himself as largely responsible for its success.
"I just try and carry everybody else and make us a perfect offense," said Fredericks, who had 2,700 all-purpose yards and 34 touchdowns last season.
Lawrence has been virtually perfect the last two seasons, falling only once in their last 24 games and winning two consecutive Long Island Championships.
Even though a big piece of those last two championships, Joe Capobianco, the all-time LI leader in passing yardage and touchdown passes, has graduated, the Golden Tornadoes don't see themselves as any less of a favorite.
"We might be way stronger," Simon Jones said. " . . . We have a ton of young kids that stepped up. They're a lot of juniors that can play a big part in us winning an LIC."
Jones, a linebacker, recorded 85 tackles three interceptions and three sacks last year. He said that he wants to make more tackles in the backfield this year, pushing the opposing offense farther and farther toward its own end zone.
Sean Moran takes over at quarterback, adding another dimension -- speed -- to the position.
"We're going to be more of a threat running the ball," Moran said. " . . . I'll pick up my game throwing the ball. I'll get there. We're still going to be the same team, just with an extra threat."
While the offense may have a bit of a new look, the goal is still the same: Win a championship and continue to build a dynasty.
"We have to prove that we're still LI champs and we're here to get another one," Jones said.
Plainedge is still the top challenger to Lawrence's conference dominance. Receiver John Gullo will be a major target for quarterback Davien Kuilan. Gullo had 34 catches for 500 yards and scored two touchdowns last season.