Brian Haeffner may have run Garden City back to the top of Nassau II.
Behind a dominant offensive line, Haeffner rushed for 259 yards and four touchdowns to end Carey's Long Island best 25-game winning streak Saturday, 38-7.
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Garden City, once a powerhouse, was unseated by Carey over the past two seasons. From 1985-2013, Garden City won five Long Island championships and 18 Nassau championships.
Haeffner set the tone on the game's first play from scrimmage with a 75-yard TD run. It was a sign of things to come, as there was never a point during the contest that Carey even threatened.
Haeffner said he could not have found success without his blockers.
"I think I owe them breakfast," said Haeffner, whose four touchdowns came from 75, 31, 48 and 24 yards. "It was all them. They were why I could get it into the open."
Haeffner gave credit to John Wotczak, Chris Ciurcina, A.J. DeAngelo, Max Webster, Christian Coppola and Brett Bello for doing the dirty work. They simply overpowered Carey's defensive line.
Carey had dominated the rivalry over the past several seasons, winning the previous four games against Garden City -- including last year's Nassau II final.
"It's a big win," said first-year head coach Dave Ettinger, who is now 2-0. "But we have to stay determined, stay focused and move on to the next one ."
Haeffner echoed that mindset.
"We just have to keep working as hard as we did this week," he said.
Mike Catanese, Carey's second-year starting quarterback, was unable to solve the Garden City pass-rush. The edge-rushers got constant pressure in the backfield, making it nearly impossible for Carey to make anything happen.
Catanese ran 20 times for 90 yards and was 6-for-15 for 66 yards passing.
The lone Carey score came from backup QB Daniel Conte, who entered the game in the third quarter when Catanese went down on the Garden City sideline with an apparent injury. Conte connected with Angelo Cona for 13 yards in the corner of the end zone a few plays later.
Catanese re-entered following that drive, but he was eventually replaced by Conte in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.
Garden City players were pumped after the game. Every player in maroon was walking tall once the clock struck zero, taking everything in from what is likely the biggest win of their lives.
While they celebrated, Ettinger looked as if he was scheming for next week.
"I'm very proud of how we played," Ettinger said. "But we have a lot of football left. It's a Week 2 game, and that's how we looked at it the entire week."