Garden City Trojans Defeat Mepham Pirates 33-30 in Nassau Conference II quarterfinal football. Halftime photos too
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The Garden City Trojans varsity football team played host to the Mepham Pirates for the first round of the Nassau Conference II playoffs on Saturday afternoon
November 9th. Garden City was the favorite going into the game as the No. 2 seed. The Pirates were the No. 7 seed.
Mepham came out strong and took a commanding 16-0 lead to end the first quarter. The Trojans got on the board early in the 2nd quarter after a touchdown pass from Brett Stewart to Tom Wright but the ensuing two point conversion failed making the score 16-6. Five minutes later Stewart found Brian Colamussi in the end zone, and Gerard Smith's extra point was successful closing the gap to 16-13. On the Pirates' next possession, QB Tyler Davis was intercepted by GC senior Jack Conners who returned it to give the Trojans another opportunity to score before the end of the half. Stewart found his way to the endzone, followed by another successful PAT by Smith giving the Trojans a 20-16 lead but Mepham and Davis would quickly fight back. On the Pirates last possession of the half, Davis ran in for a touchdown. Kicker Mohamed Ibrahim's PAT was successful and the Pirates went into halftime with a 23-20 lead.
Mepham extended their lead to 30-20 in the 3rd quarter, but the Garden City defense, including Ryan Blair, Liam McGuiness, Nick Giannone, Matt Greene and Brett Bello (among others) stifled the Pirates. Then it was Garden City's turn to respond with some 4th quarter magic. After Brett Stewart connected with Thomas Wright for a long pass play, he threw to James Sullivan for a short TD pass. Not long after that a double reverse play had Matt Borges connecting with Chris Larkin for a long touchdown that gave the Trojans the final 33-30 lead, and victory.