With nary a deflated football or inflated ego, the Lawrence High School Golden Tornadoes captured an unprecedented third straight Long Island Football Championship last season. Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Bruce Blakeman honored their hometown heroes during a special “Champions Luncheon” at the school.
Lawrence won their “three-peat” title in a thrilling 40-35 victory over Sayville High School from Suffolk. A thrilling, last minute 82 yard fumble return for a touchdown earned the Golden Tornadoes their third straight Long Island title, in a game deemed an “instant classic.”
“When you think of all the great players and great teams that contributed to the storied tradition of high school football in Nassau County, this team’s achievement is record setting,” stated Supervisor Kate Murray. “This is a glorious program with a succession of outstanding student athletes who have brought great pride and glory to Lawrence High School.
During the luncheon the Supervisor presented a special award to Lawrence head coach Joe Martillotti, in recognition of his remarkable leadership. Martillotti was named Nassau County’s 2014 “Coach of the Year.” On the field, the Golden Tornadoes were led by Nassau County player of the year Jason Fredricks, a multi-talented running back/ quarterback. Other gridiron stalwarts were All Long Island selections, Melik Mavruk a defensive lineman and Simon Jones a star linebacker.
“Lawrence has an incredible football history with 5 Long Island and 10 Nassau County titles to its credit,” added Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “This program turns out fine young men who excel on the field and distinguish themselves in their school and community.”
Supervisor Murray and Councilman Blakeman reminded the team that “One More Makes Four,” as they prepare to defend their 3 straight titles.