Eye-popping, record-breaking performances from freshman quarterback Charlie McKee and senior wideout Jake Lazzaro has defending champion Oceanside back in the Nassau Conference I title game.
McKee broke the county single-game playoff records for passing yards (539), touchdowns (8) and completions (30), all within a minute into the second half, while Lazzaro set the receiving marks for yards (309) and touchdowns (5) to lead the third-seeded Sailors to a 62-33 victory over No. 2 Farmingdale before a crowd of 1,500 at Hofstra on Saturday.
Oceanside (8-2) had scoring drives of 95, 84, 67, 61, 50 and 66 yards in the first half as it opened a 41-19 lead. It advanced to the championship game for the third time in four years and will face undefeated No. 1 seed Freeport (10-0) next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Hofstra. The Red Devils defeated the Sailors 38-0 in Week 3.
“Charlie’s growing up right in front of our eyes and Jake’s a big-time receiver,” Oceanside head coach Rob Blount said of the McKee-Lazzaro connection. “They’ve been working hard since August and they’ve been clicking,” he added. “It really helped our offense to get [John] Natoli back. His presence opens up a lot of things.”
Natoli, a senior who missed Oceanside’s 19-12 win over Farmingdale in Week 6 and hadn’t played since September due to injury, had 101 receiving yards and also completed two passes, including one to McKee, for 50 yards. Senior Leo Alvarez had two touchdown grabs and sophomore Thomas Flavin had touchdowns via catch and run.
“We watched a lot of film on Farmingdale,” Blount said. “It was windy today, but we knew we were going to come out throwing.”
Oceanside’s first 13 plays were all passes and three resulted in first-quarter touchdowns. Lazzaro, who booted 8 of 9 extra points, had 80- and 30-yard scoring receptions sandwiched around a 5-yard touchdown catch by Flavin.
Junior Kevin Wilson had an 80-yard touchdown reception to get Farmingdale on the board and added a 67-yard scoring run in the fourth. Senior Brian Hayden added 162 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Dalers, who had their first two drives stall at the Oceanside 5 and 16, respectively.
McKee’s record-breaking sixth scoring strike came with 1:34 remaining in the half when he found Alvarez from 16 yards out. The previous record was held by four players, most recently accomplished by Joe Ruscillo of Valley Stream North in 2013.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” said McKee, who also established a new Long Island record for most touchdown passes in a game. “We were flying around in practice all week and it carried over into today.”