Lawrence Up Against Manhasset at Home

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By Raimundo Ortiz

While the Lawrence Golden Tornadoes have ripped through their Conference III schedule with basically no resistance through four games, averaging 52 points per game while their starting defense has given up zero points, Head Coach Joe Martillotti is keeping his team focused on the task at hand, the Manhasset Indians.

“I expect we’ll see a big of a tougher game this week,” said Martillotti. “Manhasset has a pretty good team but we’re going to continue to do what we do with our guys.”

According to Martillotti, what they do week to week influences how their next opponent prepares for them. Unlike some teams in Conference III which have a set game plan, the Golden Tornadoes are adaptable. “It’s kind of a chess match with us,” said Martillotti. “We see what they are doing in the secondary and if they give us numbers in the box we run the ball. Fortunately we’re good enough that we can throw or run depending on what they give us.”

This season, Manhasset has shown a similar capability to run the football or turn to the air in times of need. The top focus of Lawrence’s suddenly stout defense will be Indians quarterback Kevin Overlander. “Overlander’s a very good quarterback and does a lot of nice things. He’s a great athlete,” said Martillotti. “If we blitz him and don’t get him he can make us pay running the ball. Also, he’s not afraid to be on the run and pull up at the line of scrimmage and throw it deep.” Despite Overlander’s versatility, Martllotti expressed the utmost confidence in his defense, which has not been scored on in 2012. “Who are they going to try and pick on?” asked Martillotti. “Are they really going to go at Eddie Robinson and Jordan Fredericks at the safety position? If they want to do that be my guest.” He also said that with a 6’3 cornerback in Mike Fragner, and a “4.5 speed guy” in Raquan Grandy he is prepared to stop a passing attack. “Our secondary guys are as good as any that are out there.”

Another typical problem facing teams that have had as much success as the Golden Tornadoes is the tendency to relax and coast. That hasn’t been an issue for Lawrence so far, though. “We’ve have more competitive practices than some of our games,” said Martillotti. “”It’s tougher to run some of our plays against our scout defense because they know what’s coming which makes it a little trickier. It pushes us and we’ve got a nice little competition going on between the groups in practice.”

Martillotti also has put the onus on his reserves to pick their level of play up, because they have been getting into lots of game situations. “We feel the next guys up need more work. I don’t want to see them go in and give up 27 unanswered points (as they did against Valley Stream South). We’re going to do a better job of getting our second string guys some more reps in practice and preparing them.”

Game time is 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence High School

 

Conference III Standings

 

As of October 4, 2012

Plainedge (4-0)

Lawrence (4-0)

Manhasset (3-1)

Hewlett (3-1)

Glen Cove (3-1)

South Side (2-2)

North Shore (2-2)

Floral Park (2-2)

Sewanhaka (1-3)

Valley Stream South (1-3)

Lynbrook (1-3)

Division (1-3)

Bethpage (1-3)

 

 

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