2005 Nassau County Section 8 final Garden City vs Carey Nov 18, 2005 at Hofstra University
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Game action photos of Nassau County Section 8 final between Garden City and Carey. Garden City won the game to advance to the LI final.
TROJANS BEAT CAREY TO WIN NASSAU CONFERENCE II TITLE by Jake White
Coach Tom Flatley thinks Garden City deserves the Rutgers Cup and the normally reserved veteran mentor is not reluctant to state his case. "This team has outscored its opponents by nearly 40 to 4 per game. They completely dominated the conference and we haven't lost a conference game in three years, " he said.
A 31-9 win over Carey in the Nassau Conference II Championship game last Friday evening at Hofstra completed the Trojans' quest for the Cup, according to the policy that only games against Nassau teams are to be considered by the coaches when they cast their votes at the County Football Dinner on December 5. Of course, the Trojans have one huge game left to play against Suffolk Division II Champ Bellport (10-0) for the Long Island Class II title Friday at Hofstra at 4:30 p.m.
Joining Garden City as the only unbeaten teams in Nassau are Baldwin and Plainedge. All three teams are 10-0. Baldwin , coached by Steve Carroll Sr., won the Conference I Championship impressively over Massapequa and is on the verge of its first undefeated season in 52 years. But the Bruins have had three nail-biters along the way.
Plainedge is the human interest story of 2005 since its season was saved by the community which raised money after an austerity budget caused the school board to initially cancel the season. The Red Devils beat Floral Park in overtime to win a very weak Conference III. The usual powers, Bethpage and Wantagh, were not up to par due to injuries and rebuilding.
For a quarter, Garden City's perfect season looked threatened as Carey jumped out to a 9-0 lead, helped by four Trojan turnovers which was one less than the team's season total coming into the game. As good teams do, Garden City kept its composure, returned to its game plan and gradually took over the game. Tim Harder sparked the comeback with a 65 yard touchdown run, then Justin Lynch and Chris Ciquera got in gear. Lynch wound up with 124 yards on 18 carries and scored twice, raising his season total to 19 touchdowns, a new school record. Ciquera picked up 60 yards on nine carries and scored his 12th TD, matching his 2004 total.
The Trojans wound up with 313 yards, all on the ground . Carey never threatened after the first quarter and gained just 85 total yards against the stingy GC defense.
GC VS. BELLPORT FRIDAY FOR L.I. CHAMPIONSHIP
The number one and three teams in the Newsday Large School Football Poll will meet on the turf at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium Friday at 4:30p.m. Bellport, the Suffolk Division II Champions, comes in with a 10-0 record after whipping West Islip, 30-0, in the title game. The teams had played three overtimes in their first meeting, a 6-0 Bellport win. Coach Joe Cipp's Clippers have a powerful running game, led by senior halfback Jason Dent who tops Suffolk with 20 TD's. Bellort is a Double-A team in enrollment and is ranked 6th in the State AA poll. Garden City is the state's top-ranked A team.
EXTRA POINTS: Lynch's 19th touchdown broke the GC record of 18 shared by Pete Murphy (1993 season) and John Maloney in 1999.....Dillon Dwyer kicked his longest field goal, 39 yards, as time expired in the first half, giving GC a 10-9 lead. Dwyer has converted 8 of 10 attempts....Garden City remained perfect against Carey, winning for the 12 th straight time since 1982.....The Trojans have scored 391 points, 22 more than the old record set in 1998....GC won Rutgers Cups in 1992 and 1998 when they went 10-1 after losing in the L.I. Championship Game. When the Trojans won L.I. titles with 11-0 records in 1993, 2000 and 2003 they finished second in the balloting each time.....Coach Flatley's record in 21 seasons as GC head coach is 179-28-7
....Hats off to the GC offensive line which has helped the backs average 7.0 yards per carry. The usual starters are Steve Palladino, Mark Pando, Conor McNulty, Chris Risi , and Mike Schena. Chris Breslin, Steve Dachille, and Colin Plass rotate at tight end
The Garden City Trojans won the Nassau County, Section 8 championship game against the Carey Seahawks last Friday, November 18th at Hofstra University. Justin Lynch, Tim Harder and Chris Ciquera ran for a total of four touchdowns while Dillon Dwyer added a field goal to make the final score 31-9.