Nassau II roundup: Brendan Smith lifts MacArthur

MacArthur High School quarterback Gerard Cunningham completes a

MacArthur High School quarterback Gerard Cunningham completes a pass for a first down in the third quarter of a Nassau County Conference II varsity football game. (Oct. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: James Escher

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Gerard Cunningham connected with Brendan Smith for the a 36-yard touchdown pass with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter to lift second-seeded MacArthur to a 22-16 win over No. 7 Elmont Saturday in a Nassau II football quarterfinal. Cunningham ran in the two-point conversion to give MacArthur (8-1) its final six-point margin. Smith had five catches for 93 yards and Cunningham completed 8 of 15 passes for 160 yards. Tom Kelleher rushed for two TDs to give MacArthur a 14-8 lead at the half. Kelleher had 159 rushing yards on 34 carries. Elmont is 4-5. MacArthur will play Wantagh in a semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hofstra.

Wantagh 33, Mepham 7: Brandon Watson caught five passes for 114 yards and three TDs, threw a 37-yard TD pass and had an interception to lead No. 3 Wantagh (7-2) over No. 6 Mepham (4-5) in a Nassau II quarterfinal. Roddie Roche was 7-for-11 passing for 90 yards and two TDs. Ralph Sommer had 11 tackles to lead the Wantagh defense.

Garden City 42, Bellmore JFK 6: Brett Stewart rushed for 111 yards on eight carries and he threw for 113 yards and two TDs for No. 1 Garden City in a Nassau II quarterfinal. Both of his touchdown passes went to Ed Blatz in the first half. Blatz caught seven passes for 96 yards. Garden City (8-1) rushed for 332 yards and had a season-high 445 yards of total offense. Garden City will play No. 4 Carey in a semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra. Eighth-seeded Bellmore JFK finishes 3-6.

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