Ferreira, Fredericks bros. ready to shine
All eyes will likely be on Steven Ferreira, Sayville's record-setting quarterback, and Lawrence's fearsome Fredericks family when the teams take the field at noon Sunday to battle for the Long Island Class III championship.
After all, Ferreira walks into Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium with the Long Island high school records for career touchdown passes (71) and career passing yards (6,182).
And the Fredericks brothers have put together their own impressive resumes this season: Ryan has 30 total touchdowns and Tyler has 24. Jordan has eight touchdowns, and has been a key cog in moving the ball into the red zone so one of his older brothers can make a run for the end zone.
However, before either team walks away with the Class III title, the focus might shift to other sometimes-overlooked but always potent weapons.
For Sayville, could be a defensive unit led by inside lineman John Haggart and safety James Rupp. While Ferreira has been busy smashing records, the defense has made sure he's never had to get into a real shootout this season. The two sides have worked together so that Sayville has never ended a game with less than a 12-point margin of victory.
The Golden Flashes' defense hasn't allowed more than 21 points in a game so far. They've averaged 13 points allowed for the season, and have given up just 148 total.
But here's the rub: Lawrence has scored more than that in just its last three games (155 points).
Sure, Lawrence will give up points -- opposing teams are averaging over 20 points-per-game this season. But it's difficult to outscore the Golden Tornado. Lawrence averages 42 points-per-game and has only scored fewer than 29 points once all season, during a stunning 37-19 loss to Bethpage in Week 2.
Some of that can be attributed to the Fredericks brothers. Look at any boxscore this season and you won't just see the trio's fingerprints all over it, you'll see a sign reading "the Fredericks brothers were here."
But the high-flying Lawrence offense doesn't run on just one family. Quarterback Joe Capobianco passed for a Nassau playoff record 333 yards in the county title game. And the real secret weapon might be Ed Robinson.
The receiver has recently become a bigger component in the offense, catching four touchdown passes in his last four games, including two in the Nassau III championship -- one of which went for 67 yards.
So while the stars are still likely to shine at Stony Brook, don't be surprised if other players end up golden too.