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Trojans Mid-Term Report

Football team ends first half

with worst home loss in 33 years

After four games the Garden City Trojans are sitting in second place with a 3-1 record and Coach Tom Flatley is looking to get the most out of his re-tooled roster after last year’s Long Island Championship. The Trojans have had their ups and downs this season with two dominating performances, an overtime thriller and a stinker.

The Trojans opened the season with a crushing 58-7 beating of Calhoun. The game featured a record breaking kick-off return of 99 yards by Brian Haeffner. In a game that Garden City dominated on the ground with 368 yards, they were led by Tim Schmelzinger’s 103 yards and a TD, Danny Miller’s 93 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 84 yards and a touchdown by Haeffner.   

The home opener against MacArthur was a real battle for the Trojans as they had difficulty getting their offense going until late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 7-0 entering the fourth quarter Coach Flatley implored his team to mount a comeback. Mixing in a strong ground game with a couple of timely passes Brett Stewart guided the Trojans down the field. And with 58 seconds remaining in regulation Stewart dove into the end zone for the tying score. Then in OT it was Matt Borges, Tom Wright and Ryan Blair with big plays and the defensive unit giving Garden City a shot at victory. And it was Gerard Smith drilling a 31-yard field goal for the hard fought victory.

Going back on the road for game three against Mepham was a chance for the Garden City offense to get back in gear and provide the impetus for another dominating performance. Quarterback Brett Stewart had by far his best game of the season accounting for 318 yards and two touchdowns, a one-yard dive and a 50-yard pass to Matt Borges. Brian Haeffner also had a 19-yard run for a touchdown. The Trojans continued their winning ways with a 27-6 dominating win over Mepham that looked closer on the scoreboard.

With a 3-0 record going into what arguably would be their toughest matchup, the Trojans ran into a dominating Carey defense and put up a goose egg. In a game where they couldn’t get either the passing or running game going the Trojans were shut out and took their worst home beating since 1980 as per historian Jake White. Facing one of the best quarterbacks on Long Island in Carey’s Ray Catapano, Garden City’s secondary was burned for four touchdown passes in the 28-0 loss.

Looking ahead to the next four games the Trojans take on Long Beach at home, travel to Wantagh, return for homecoming for a game against South Side and finish off the regular season at Elmont.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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