Golden Tornadoes Crush Valley Stream South 57-27

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By Raimundo Ortiz

Lawence senior running back Tyler Fredericks gave his signature performance of the young season so far on Valley Stream South’s field Saturday afternoon, gashing them for 190 yards on 18 carries and three rushing touchdowns. Head coach Joe Martillotti made it a point to give Tyler Fredericks the rock this week because he didn’t feel he had touched the ball enough to this point. “He runs hard in bad conditions and the field was a little muddy and sloppy.”

Rainy weather was a concern for Martillotti and his staff heading into their matchup with the Valley Stream South Falcons, but the rain stayed away and the mud that was already there didn’t slow Lawrence down a bit. On the opening kickoff, the Falcons bounced a kick to the second to last line of Lawrence special teamers where Tyler Fredericks scooped the ball up and glided around perfect blocks untouched for a score. “After Tyler picked up the first kickoff and took it back to the house I thought he was going to run well,” said Martillotti.

On the second drive of the first quarter, after running the ball several times, quarterback Joey Capobianco dropped back and found his favorite target, senior wide receiver Eddie Robinson, all alone down the middle of the field for a 34-yard touchdown. Tyler Fredericks punched in a two-point conversion to put Lawrence up 15-0 after one quarter.

The second quarter was an offensive explosion. Tyler Fredericks scored on Lawrence’s first three possessions of the second quarter on runs of 34 yards, 25 yards, and one yard. The Golden Tornadoes capped their scoring with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Capobianco to Robinson, their second hookup of the afternoon, pushing the lead to 44-0.

Coming out of the half, Martillotti left his starters on the field for one more drive, which culminated in Capobianco’s third touchdown strike of the game, a 25-yarder to Mike Fragner.

Once the starters were pulled, the Falcons were able to score 27 points to make the score more respectable. “They kept their offensive starters against our second string guys,” said Martillotti. “Was I going to bring my starters back in? No. But I was a little concerned they kept their starters in because it was a little bit of an unfair matchup for awhile.”

While sky high point totals are nothing new for Lawrence, which is averaging 52 points a game this season, Tyler Fredericks’ performance shined more than everyone else. While acknowledging that he is a special talent,  Martillotti also said other factors played a role in Fredericks’ effort.  “We lined up Simon Jones in the backfield a lot to block for him which helped out a little bit and gave us more of a power game. I also think they were trying to stop our passing game. We outnumbered them in the box which let us run the ball.”

Tyler Fredericks finished the afternoon with 275 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns. Joey Capobianco completed nine of eleven passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his total to 12. Robinson racked up four catches for two touchdowns and also intercepted a pass on defense. Lawrence was also forced to go for two-point conversions on each of their scores in the second and fourth quarters due to a quirk of Valley Stream South’s field. Behind one of the end zones is a small body of water from which the ball can’t be retrieved. Therefore, successful extra points mean a lost football.

September 29th, 2012 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final
Lawrence 15 29 7 6 57
VSS 0 0 14 13 27

L- T. Fredericks 75-yard Kickoff Return

L- Robinson 34-yard pass from Capobianco

L- T. Fredericks 34-yard run

L- T. Fredericks 25-yard run

L- T. Fredericks 1-yard run

L- Robinson 10-yard pass from Capobianco

L- Fragner 25-yard pass from Capobianco

VSS- Chrisci 1-yard run

VSS- Accardi 45-yard run

VSS- Potter 3-yard run

VSS- Blouin fumble recovery in end zone

L- E. Jones 45-yard run 

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