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Jordan Fredericks' switch to backfield sparked Lawrence's championship season

Lawrence's Jordan Fredericks, left, gains yardage after getting

Lawrence's Jordan Fredericks, left, gains yardage after getting around Bethpage's Jake Einbinder. (Nov. 2, 2013) Credit: Richard T. Slattery

The winning combination was devised after a losing effort.

In the wake of a humbling 36-20 defeat to Plainedge in Week 4 that ended Lawrence's 15-game winning streak, Golden Tornadoes coach Joe Martillotti realized his most dangerous weapon was being holstered. "We weren't getting our best player enough touches," Martillotti said of Jordan Fredericks.

The junior had been dominant as a wide receiver early in the season, but Lawrence didn't have a running game to complement the potent passing attack featuring record-setting QB Joe Capobianco. Plainedge exploited that by crowding the box and coming hard after the quarterback.

So Fredericks became a running back and Lawrence became unstoppable. Now, the Golden Tornadoes are riding another winning streak -- one that reached eight after winning the 2013 Long Island Class III championship for the second year in a row by outslugging Huntington, 41-32.

The best of Capobianco (2,967 yards passing, 33 TDs) and Fredericks (1,465 yards rushing, 33 total TDs) were on display in the finale. Capobianco, Long Island's all-time leader in career yards and touchdowns, padded both totals with 353 yards passing and three touchdowns all in the first half. He finished with 100 career scoring passes, a perfect final grade for a player who guided the Tornadoes to three LIC appearances in his three varsity seasons.

Fredericks rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns against Huntington and also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass that was No. 100 for Capobianco. "I wanted him to get the 100 TD passes more than he did," Fredericks. "I wanted to be part of it."

All Capobianco wanted was to be part of a Long Island Championship in his final game. "Personal records mean nothing when you lose," he said. "But when you win and set a record like 100 touchdown passes, well, that's pretty meaningful."

So was the most important pass of Capobianco's stellar career a week earlier in the Nassau III rematch with Plainedge. On fourth-and-10, with his team by trailing by two points late in the fourth quarter, Capobianco calmly drilled a 43-yard strike to Sean Moran that set up a last-second field goal by Dan Rieskin for a heart-pounding 28-27 victory.

While Capobianco and Fredericks have had a career full of memorable moments, it was a rare turn in the spotlight for Moran, one of those receivers who got extra touches following Fredericks' switch to the backfield. "I'll be putting this one in my personal highlights book," he said.

The 2013 season will fill an entire chapter.

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