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Trojans Take Nassau County Football Title

Garden City heads to Long Island Championship for fourth consecutive year

With the season hanging in the balance, a raucous crowd on both sides and Wantagh attempting to score after converting a crucial third down, Spencer Bais made an incredible grab for an interception to seal the 21-17 win for the Garden City Trojans.

“He’s a great athlete,” said Head Coach Tom Flatley regarding Bais. “He’s a first-year player, he has always played basketball, but it was huge play for him to catch that ball.”

Being a first-year player, Bais is a new contributor to the incredible run of success for the Garden City Trojans and its football program, which has made the team into a perennial county powerhouse. It was the district’s fourth consecutive Nassau County title—including their second straight against Wantagh—and it will advance to play Riverhead for the Long Island Championship on December 1 at Stony Brook.

The Trojans had a tall order of coming back from a three-point deficit as the second half began. The Wantagh Warriors built a 10-7 lead thanks to the incredible performance of Wantagh’s Brandon Watson.

He made an impact of both sides of the ball as he intercepted two passes—narrowly missing a third—on defense, while catching a pass for a touchdown on offense.

In the second half, the Garden City defense rose to the occasion as they made a number of crucial plays to prevent the Warriors from scoring.

Late in the third quarter, Trojan’s QB Brett Stewart completed a screen pass to Scott D’Antonio that was executed perfectly and enabled D’Antonio to elude the defense for the 46-yard TD and put the Trojans to within three.

“Brett is a tough athlete,” said Flatley. “He shook off the early interceptions and made plays when he had to.”

Before the fans were able to find their seats, the ensuing kickoff was fumbled by the Warriors right near the sidelines and recovered by Brian Colamussi of the Trojans.

The Trojans created that turnover into points, as they put together an efficient drive. After a holding call, short running gain of two and incompletion, the Trojans faced a tough third down and 18. Quarterback Brett Stewart displayed his incredible poise and composure as he sat in the pocket and delivered a 24-yard strike to extend the drive.

While it may have gotten forgotten because it was not a scoring play, that 24-yard reception was a huge conversion for the Trojans.

Following a short four-yard reception by Kyle Shramko, Justin Guterding scampered into the end zone from 11 yards out to give the Trojans the 21-17 lead.

The Warriors began their next drive at their own 35-yard line after a short kickoff return. On third down their QB Gerard Roach threw an interception that put the Trojans in control.

While it appeared that this pick could have been enough to end the game, the Trojans committed their own turnover that temporarily rejuvenated the Warriors.

Stewart threw his third interception of the game on third down, which was a bit of a perplexing play call given their ability to run the ball and the game clock dwindling.

Nevertheless, the Warriors began their drive with one timeout remaining, and 75 yards to go in order to complete the upset of the No. 1 ranked Trojans.

On third down and 12 yards to go, the handoff was given to Watson who appeared ready to throw a lateral to Roach. As the defense took the bait, however, he tucked the ball and barreled to the first down marker, eluding a tackle in the process.

The Wantagh crowd erupted as they were now within striking distance of taking the lead. The excited quickly shifted gears, as the next play was the turning point as Bais intercepted the pass to seal the deal for the Trojans.

Garden City played an incredibly gutsy second half, displaying resiliency and the ability to contain Watson, who torched Nassau County defenses all year for nine touchdowns. He finished the game with 65 yards rushing and 85 yards receiving. They also limited Roach to one touchdown, after he had thrown 13 on the season.

For head coach Flatley, it is yet another dominating season as they enter the Long Island Championship with a 10-1 record. He won his 18th Nassau County Championship and will be looking for his fifth Long Island Championship—the last one occurring in 2009 over upcoming opponent Riverhead.

News

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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