Nassau County Conference 2 Football championship - Lawrence vs Garden City
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Even when the Trojans fell behind Lawrence 7-0 in the second quarter of
last Saturday's Nassau Conference II Championship game at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium, Gareden City fans were expecting a victory. After all, GC had won the last three titles and 16 over-all. Even this season with just two starters returning, the Trojans had won 8 of 9 games and had beaten Lawrence early in the season.
But not this time. Bryan DiSabato intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to set up a second Golden Tornado touchdown. Then he returned a punt 36 yards which resulted in P.J. Preziosa's second TD run.
The scoreboard showed Lawrence ahead 19-0 after three periods.
A 26 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dean Gibbons to receiver Terry Kennedy briefly provided hope, but it proved to be the last score of the season for the trojans who fell 19-6 before a crowd of 2000 fans.
Gavin Crisafulli sacks Lawrence quarterback P.J. Preziosa. Photo by Newsphoto.com
In the end it was a familiar lament for Garden City: the absence of a consistent running game (just 63 yards on 23 carries), and the failure to protect the quarterback. Gibbons completed 7 of 16 passes for 77 yards, but spent most of the game scrambling away from Lawrence's rush. The Trojans had no answer for the Golden Tornado's size up front.
The loss left the players dejected because they believed they could bring home a fourth straight county title. But as time heals their disappointment, they should realize that the under-sized, inexperienced 2006 Trojans over-achieved with their 8-2 record. The defense was a strength, allowing just 81 points in ten games.
EXTRA POINTS: Tough luck for Dillon Dwyer whose fourth quarter PAT was blocked, leaving him in a tie for the top spot in points scored by a kicker in LI history....Dean Gibbons, Tim Harder and Ryan Sweeney were named All-County....Season leaders included Gibbons in rushing (107 carries for 474 yards) and passing (51-90, 719 yards, 13 touchdowns, 2 INTs), Francis McDonough receiving (245 yards) and Terry Kennedy interceptions (4). Kennedy caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against Lawrence. ......Lawrence 2006 Varsity Football Roster Jerrell Milligan, Eric Supple, Daniel Behar, Windell Wallace, Mike Andreno, Matt Magliaro, PJ Preziosa, Isaiah Chin, Justin Fredereicks, Bryan DiSabato, Leon Allison, Corey Santos, Justin Clerici, Stewart Conrad, Peter Curry, travis Kennedy,George McLeod, Andrew Whelan, John Miller, Nicholas Davies, Joe Castro, Cody Vohs, Jay Barron, John Daniel, Justin Didier, Larry Field, Lbrizio, Vidal Bolanos, Donovan Hutchinson, Keithevy Messinetti, Joe McHugh, Joel Padro, Ryan Moseley, Raphael Nelson, Kevin Fabrizio, Vidal Bolanos, Donovan Hutchinson, Keith Goodluck, Malik Crowl, Stephan Coleman, Tom Blum, Patrick Leblanc Head coach, lou Andre, Asst coaches Supple, Urio, DelVecchio, Schaller......Garden City 2006 Varsity Football Roster: Dillon Dwyer, Dean Gibbons, Hayden Fries, Brendan Carroll, Terrance Kennedy, Tim Harder, Ryan Lynch, Joe Alleva, Will Manning, Greg Meli, Steve Hucke, Kyle Walsh, Kevin Rose, Will Fuller, Dan Savage, Billy Fell, Robert Stufano, Tyler Pewarski, Brian O'Mara, Declan fee, Tim MArtin, Blaise Ancona, Spencer DeSena, Thomas Mahoney, Ryan Marrinan, Peter Costello, Mark Pando, Bobby Niebler, Jeff Fell, Joe Mohen, Drew Sweeney, Stephen Paladino, Joe Calcaterra, Robert Fargnoli, Gavin Crisafulli, Ryan Dowling, Francis McDonough, Pat Reeves, Kyle Bolson, Brian tempesta, Ken Wright, Ryan Sweeney, Michael Mancusi Head Coach Tom Flatley Assts Baccarella, Casey, Ettinger, Finnell