Garden City Trojans defeat MacArthur Generals 10-7 in OT Nassau Conference II football game on September 21st 2013
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In their season home opener at Warren King Field on Saturday afternoon September 21st, the Garden City Trojans football team defeated the MacArthur Generals 10-7 in overtime.
After a back and forth game of many three and outs, it took until late into the 3rd quarter for any points to get on the board. MacArthur QB Jimmy Kelleher connected with sophomore Jared Wolfe in the corner of the end zone to cap a 9-play 62-yard drive that gave MacArthur a 7-0 lead with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.
The Trojans tried to make it close but a missed field goal gave MacArthur reason to hope they they could walk away with a 7-0 upset.
As time was running down in the fourth quarter, Garden City senior QB Brett Stewart mounted a long drive that included a couple of nice runs by sophomore Brian Haeffner and junior James Sullivan. Stewart hit Mike Collins down the middle of the field for a 17 yard pickup, and a few plays later connected with Matt Borges for a 29 yard gain. With 58 seconds left in the game, and three yards separating a tie from a loss, Stewart dove into the end zone for the touchdown. Gerard Smith nailed the extra point and the game was headed to overtime.
The Generals had the first possession of OT but after GC senior Ryan Blair made a tackle for a four-yard loss on 3rd-and-goal at the 1-yard line the Generals tried a 22 yard field goal. Trojans juniors Borges and Tom Wright blocked the attempt on 4th-and-goal giving Garden City a chance to win it on their first possession of OT.
As Garden City was unable to get a first down on the drive, junior kicker Smith was called upon to try and win the game for the Trojans with a 31 yard field goal attempt. With the wind behind his back, Smith nailed the kick to give the Trojans the 10-7 OT victory. Garden City upped its record to 2-0 while the Generals fall to 0-2 in Nassau Conference II.