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Garden City's Norton had Colston's number

Garden City's Ryan Norton reacts after kicking a

Garden City's Ryan Norton reacts after kicking a field goal that gave his team the margin of victory in a 9-6 win in the Class II Long Island Championship against North Babylon. (November 27, 2009) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Aim for Marques Colston.

Dave Ettinger said so.

With winds swirling and the Long Island Championship on the line, sophomore kicker Ryan Norton headed the advice: He aimed for the retired number 89 Colston jersey just beyond the uprights at James Shuart Stadium at Hofstra and nailed the kick for the 38-yard field goal.

Ettinger, the Garden City kicking coach, would certainly know his way around the goalpost.

As the all-time leading field goal kicker for Hofstra, Ettinger hit 62 field goals during his college career, which spanned from 1994 to 1997.

"I just tried to help him play with the wind," Ettinger said of Norton. "He's got very strong legs and he showed a lot of guts for a 10th-grader."

Ettinger's view from the press box was a little different from his days on the gridiron, though. When Norton was called to win the game, he admitted he couldn't stand to keep his eyes open.

"I looked the other way," he said. "I peaked toward the end and got very, very excited when I saw it went through."


Senior wide-receiver Kevin Dachille is all about efficiency. Dachille has eight catches on the year, seven for touchdowns. He added to his total Friday night with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Matt Montgomery in the first quarter . . . Just how bad were those swirling winds? Measurements at gametime clocked wind from the northwest at anywhere from 18 to 25 miles per hour. It was enough to send the uprights swaying and divert both extra-point attempts in the first quarter . . . Garden City has played in three previous Long Island Championships where both teams scored in single digits. They lost all three: 8-6 to Bellport in 1992, 7-0 to West Islip in 1994, and 8-0 to Bellport in 2005.

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