Brothers Jordan, Ryan and Tyler Fredericks scored for a combined eight touchdowns, accumulated over 560 yards and helped their team to a 62-32 win over visiting Five Towns rivals in the 2011 Nassau Conference III playoffs opener.
Following Hewlett’s opening-drive field goal, the answered with a dominating first-drive touchdown, taking the lead for the remainder of the game.
Senior Ryan Fredericks rushed and received for an impressive 215 yards, scoring five touchdowns to help his team take game one of the playoffs.
After a tight first quarter, Lawrence continued to light up the scoreboard formulating a quick 35-10 lead.
“Us being a double-threat team, with passing and rushing, they really didn't know what we were going to do next,” Ryan said. “At the beginning of the season we were really a second half team, but as of now we came out very strong.”
In the final two minutes of the second quarter, the Bulldogs struggled to put themselves back in contention with an onside-kick-turnover, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion putting them within 10 points going into the second half of the game.
Ryan’s younger brother, junior Tyler Fredericks, had an equally impressive day with 227 yards and three touchdowns, and kept the Bulldogs second quarter burst under control.
“We broke down towards the middle of the second quarter, which shouldn't have happened,” Tyler said. “Our defense stepped up the second half.”
Hewlett’s scoring opportunities were valuable and room for error was narrow while Lawrence’s sophomore quarterback Joey Capobianco passed for 184 yards and had the Fredericks’ brothers at his fingertips.
Hewlett Head Coach Jay Iaquinta held his head high as his bulldogs walked off the field in defeat, taking away only the positive aspects of their loss for next season.
“We’re real proud of the effort our kids gave,” Iaquinta said. “We just wanted to play as hard as we could for 48 minutes, right to the end, and we did that.”
His team came within a field goal of tying it in the third quarter, however, 27 unanswered points ultimately decided the game — and the end of the Bulldog’s season.
“We only had so many possessions against these guys because we knew they're going to put up a lot,” he said.
Looking back on the Bulldog’s first half scare, Lawrence plans to focus on their defense for the remainder of the playoffs, according to Ryan Fredericks.
“We just have to keep working hard and stay content with what's on the scoreboard,” he said. “Let’s just win.”