Lawrence Golden Tornadoes Quarterback Joe Capobianco on Saturday broke the Long Island record for career passing touchdowns, but the senior still has one goal in mind: to win the Long Island championship two years in a row.
Capobianco set the new record at 74 touchdown passes on Saturday in Lawrence’s 53-7 defeat of Glen Cove, a number that will continue to rise. The previous record of 73 had been held by Sayville's Steven Ferreira, who graduated in 2011.
“The main focus is still to repeat as Long Island champions and Rutger Cup champions,” Capobianco told Patch. “Records mean a lot, but I want to end my high school career by winning my last game and being a part of the best team of all time.”
The Golden Tornadoes have already put the right step forward toward that goal, easily winning its first two games of the season. The team, which was undefeated last season, now holds Long Island’s longest winning streak, with 14 victories.
Golden Tornadoes Coach Joe Martillotti, who nominated Capobianco for Class A Player of the Year, has called him “the best quarterback in New York State.”
The senior quarterback may soon claim another record, as he is currently third in career passing yards, with 5,468, behind Ferreira’s 6,407 and Holy Trinity's Chris Laviano second place record of 5,833.
“Ever since I was a kid, I strived to be the best. Holding the record really means a lot to me,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without Coach Mott, Coach Zangari and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me these past three years.
“I have been blessed with some of the greatest receiving cores Long Island has ever seen,” Capobianco added. “I couldn’t have done it without my big offensive lineman and the rest of the team.”
Lawrence takes on Sewanhaka in an away game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.