No. 1 Lynbrook (9-1) vs. No. 2 Lawrence (8-2), 7 p.m. at Hofstra — If the regular-season meeting between these two teams is any indication, tonight's game will go down to the wire. Marcos Pinto's 35-yard field goal gave the Golden Tornadoes a 23-14 lead en route to a 23-22 Week 7 win.
So just one measly point separates the Owls from perfection, and you can bet they want revenge against Lawrence.
How will they get it? By utilizing a ground attack that has worked to near-perfection during the playoffs.
In a 54-20 win over No. 6 Plainedge last week, the Owls rushed for 379 yards and eight touchdowns. Travis Lock (pictured above) went for 250 and five scores on his own. In the three games since the loss to Lawrence, Lock has rushed for 493 yards and eight touchdowns.
Quarterback Paul Magloire and fullback Mike Kozlakowski can also get the job done on the ground. Kozlakowski and Brandon Cheney are standout defensive ends, who are fabulous pass rushers off the edge.
The Owls, who have outscored their two playoff opponents 96-20, are appearing in their second straight county final. They were blown out by Lawrence last season, 41-7. Their last title came in 1992.
Lawrence has won county titles three of the past four years. They won Conference II in 2006 and 2007 and took the Conference III crown last year.
If the Golden Tornadoes want to continue that success, they'll need big performances from brothers Ryan and Tyler Fredericks, who pulled off a show-stopping, 75-yard hook-and-lateral in the win over Lynbrook three weeks ago.
Ryan had 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 demolition of No. 5 Hewlett in the semifinals. But it was quarterback Samon Bialostok who really showcased his stuff last weekend — he was 9-for-11 for 183 yards, and also rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
Lawrence also features sack-artist Chris Hercules, and ballhawks Ryan Fredericks and Seddrik Ervin in the secondary. Pinto gives the Golden Tornadoes a slight edge in the kicking game.
See ya'll at Hofstra in a few hours for this one!