Garden City hasn’t taken its eyes off the prize.
The Trojans are seeking a third straight Long Island Class II championship and have been shrugging off all comers this season. It was more of the same in Thursday night’s Nassau II semifinal against Calhoun.
The Colts scored on the game’s first possession and Garden City – trailing for only the second time all season – responded with five unanswered touchdowns before halftime and glided to a 42-14 victory at Hofstra.
Trevor Yeboah-Kodie scored three touchdowns and made an interception, and Colin Hart threw for three touchdowns as Garden City (10-0) extended its county-record winning streak to 34 games and advanced to next Thursday’s county title game against Carey.
Yeboah-Kodie was a big-play maker, as usual. He carried the ball six times for 172 yards and scores of 86 and 48 yards and caught one pass from Hart for a 19-yard touchdown. Hart was 5-for-8 passing for 130 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown to Dan Boccafola and a 73-yarder to Justin Coppola.
Calhoun’s took the opening kickoff and went on a seven-play, 78-yard drive. Thomas Casimano’s 69-yard run was the centerpiece, and he capped it with a 2-yard run for the TD.
“I think we were a little angry as a team that they scored first,” Hart said. “Collectively, we were like ‘Let’s get it back.’ ”
“It was definitely a wake-up call for us,” Yeboah-Kodie said.
Yeboah-Kodie’s 23-yard run from scrimmage on the next play ignited the Trojans. Three plays later, it was Hart-to-Boccafola to tie the score. Yeboah-Kodie’s 86-yard touchdown right before the end of the quarter put Garden City ahead for good.
Calhoun quarterback Nick Turrini suffered a leg injury early and completed the first quarter while limping, but came out of the game for good after getting sacked early in the second quarter.
Garden City’s three touchdowns in the second quarter – Coppola’s and Yeboah-Kodie’s other two – allowed it to go with reserves in the second half.
“It started pretty badly, but we got it together,” Garden City coach Dave Ettinger said. “Trevor and Colin? Trevor can go any time he touches the ball. And Colin’s experience with playing in big games is just what you want in a quarterback.”
“I like the big plays because they’re a lot of fun,” Yeboah-Kodie said. “But you have to hand it to our blockers. Connor Gunn did a great job blocking out front on [top linebacker Ariel DeJesus}.”
Casimano had 116 yards on 16 carries, Dylan Radtke ran for a 2-yard touchdown, and DeJesus had five tackles and 62 yards rushing for Calhoun (5-5).
James Crowley had 59 yards rushing and a touchdown for Garden City, which has outscored opponents 382-70 and totaled at least 28 points in every game.
“What we have going for us is the preparation and focus on whoever the next opponent is,” Hart said. “We put a lot into every game. You don’t just show up and do this.”