Tommy Heuer may not have been victorious in Oceanside’s first appearance in the Long Island Championships, but the record books need to be changed after his performance.
The senior quarterback set LIC records for completions (43) and attempts (63) and tied the Nassau single-season record for touchdown passes (38) in the Sailors’ 40-23 loss to Lindenhurst in the Long Island Class I title game on Sunday at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.
Lawrence’s Joe Capobianco also threw 38 TD passes in 2012. In 2011, Capobianco set the previous marks for completions (27) and attempts (41). Sayville’s Jack Coan holds the Long Island single-season record for touchdown passes with 40 in 2014.
“Tommy’s our leader,” Oceanside coach Rob Blount said. “We win as he goes. He just did a great job the whole year. He stayed calm and relaxed in big moments.”
Heuer threw only two interceptions all season before the Bulldogs intercepted him twice in the fourth quarter. Justin Zotto returned one 19 yards for a touchdown, giving Lindenhurst a 37-23 lead.
“They came with blitzes and caught us in some situations,” Heuer said. “I made a mistake where I had a miscommunication, then it just started spiraling.”
Still, Heuer’s performance was memorable. Although Oceanside’s season didn’t end with a Long Island title, he said the goal all year was to win a county championship, which the Sailors accomplished with a 17-0 win over Freeport.
Heuer rewrote Oceanside’s record book, too, passing his brother Tyler for single-season touchdown passes. The elder Heuer tallied 34 in 2010.
“We were just happy for the opportunity to be here and happy that he was our quarterback to lead us here,” Blount said. “He had a great year. This was built around him offensively.”
Two primary beneficiaries were receivers Derek Cruz and Jake Lazzaro. Both eclipsed the previous LIC record of 10 receptions shared by Babylon’s Jake Carlock (2013) and Seaford’s Kevin Murphy (2016).
Cruz caught 17 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown and Lazzaro had 14 catches for 180 yards. Dylan Judd added eight catches for 98 yards and a score.
“They have been the guys,” Heuer said. “I couldn’t ask for two better receivers. I love those guys.”