For the second consecutive week Lynbrook running back Travis Lock put on a show under the lights at Hofstra Stadium, leading the Lynbrook Owls to the Nassau County conference three championship with a 39-14 victory over the Lawrence Golden Tornadoes. Lock followed up his 250 yard 5 touchdown performance last week by rushing for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Lynbrook ran for over 440 yards on the day.
The game had several large momentum swings in the second and third quarter, but the largest came on Lawrence’s first possession of the second half. With Lawrence trailing 20-14 and facing a third and 27, Lawrence quarterback Samson Bialostok connected with Ryan Fredericks up the sideline for a 60 yard gain, giving Lawrence a first and goal from the 8. Lynbrook held Bialostok to four yards on back to back quarterback keeper plays and then forced and incomplete pass. On fourth and goal from the 4, Bialostok rolled left, trying to find an open man. Lynbrook’s defense blanketed the field and with Bialostok having no place to throw, drove him out bounds, to turn the ball over on downs.
Lynbrook took over on their own 7 and quickly drove the field behind numerous long runs by Lock and Mike Kozlakowski. An odd defensive chop block on Lawrence put the ball on the 17 yard line. Two plays later Lock took an option from quarterback Paul Magloire and ran 15 yards for the touchdown and a 26-14 lead.
Back to back interceptions by Luke Spitzer ended any hopes of a Lawrence comeback. Magliore found the end zone two more times in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
The game started out as a defensive battle, with neither team scoring on their first two possessions. Lynbrook put the first points on the board with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Lock ran up the middle for a 24 yard touchdown.
On the ensuing Lawrence drive, facing a third and 16, Bialostok connected with Seiddrik Ervin for a 35 yard completion to the Lynbrook 15. Lawrence took a 7-6 lead five plays later when Ryan Fredericks scored from 1 yard out.
Lawrence came up with the first momentum changing play of the game when they attempted and recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. However, on the next play, Bialostok completed a slant to Ervin, who was tackled for a nine yard gain when the ball popped out from his possession. After the officials met in the middle of the field, it was ruled the ball was beginning to come out before Ervin was down by contact. Since Lynbrook had recovered, it was a turnover and they took possession at their own 36.
Lynbrook drove the field behind Lock and Kozlakowski and were back in the end zone when Lock ran it in from nine yards out. Magloire scored on the two point conversion and Lynbrook led 14-7.
Bialostok hooked up with Ervin on a 26 yard touchdown pass on the next drive to tie the game at 14.
With 3:35 remaining in the first half, Lynbrook got a good kickoff return, beginning their drive on their own 43. Lock quickly ran off runs of 11, 13 and 11 yards to set up a first and 10 from the 23 yard line. A quarterback keeper and Lock run set up a first and goal at the 9. With less then 30 seconds left and the clock running, Magloire kept the ball and ran to the 1 yard line. Lynbrook quickly got back to the line and Magloire kept the ball again, scoring with 8 seconds left and giving Lynbrook the 20-14 half time lead.
The game consisted of four long touchdowns called back because of penalties (three Lynbrook and one Lawrence touchdown) and numerous penalties on both sides.
Lynbrook did a great job up front on both sides of the ball, as the offensive line opened large lanes for Lock to run through, while the defense did not allow either Ryan or Tyler Fredericks to do much on the ground. Lynbrook was also in Bialostok’s face for much of the evening, sacking him five times.
Lynbrook avenges last year’s 41-7 loss to Lawrence in the conference final and will play Sayville the day after thanksgiving at 4:30 at Hofstra for the Long Island Championship. Lawrence finishes the season at 8-3.