For Lynbrook, the key was in the lock.
Travis Lock twisted left and right on his way to 250 yards rushing and five touchdowns to lead the Owls to a 54-20 victory over Plainedge on Friday night in a Nassau Class III semifinal at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. Lynbrook (9-1) will face the only team it couldn't beat this season, Lawrence, in the county championship Friday at 7 p.m. at Hofstra. Plainedge finished 5-5.
Lynbrook's offense was nearly unstoppable as the Owls rushed for 379 yards, 308 in the first half. Quarterback Paul Magloire carred 17 times for 88 yards and a touchdown and Mike Kozlakowski had 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Lock was spectacular in the first half, carrying 12 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns. He raced 37 yards to score on the first drive of the game. He made a sharp cut to the outside and broke away from the field on a 62-yard run that made it 20-0 with 4:09 left in the first quarter.
Plainedge rallied, briefly. Anthony Tardalo scored on a 36-yard run and, after recovering a squib kick, the Red Devils struck again on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Nick Frenger that made it 20-14 early in the second quarter.
But the Owls made a wise call, a fake punt that netted a first down, and scored twice more to grab a 33-13 halftime lead. Lock bounced off three tacklers to score from the 10 and after an interception by Danny Grossi, Kozlakowski scored on a 9-yard run.
The Red Devils had one last gasp - a 61-yard touchdown run by Ralph Caccavale (14 carries, 92 yards) that cut it to 33-20. But an interception by Connor Daly that was returned 27 yards to the 4 set up Lock's 4-yard scoring run to make it 40-20 in the third quarter.
Lock capped his huge game with a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
By then, the outcome was a lock.