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Nassau roundup: Garden City wins on trick play

All-Long Island quarterback Brett Stewart leads the Trojans

All-Long Island quarterback Brett Stewart leads the Trojans in defense of the LI Class II crown. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

On a double-reverse pass, running back Matt Borges hit Chris Larkin for the winning score with seven minutes left to rally No. 2 Garden City (8-1) to a 33-30 victory over Mepham yesterday in a Nassau II quarterfinal.

With Garden City trailing 30-20, with 11:23 left, Brett Stewart completed five straight passes, capped by a 3-yard scoring pass to James Sullivan that cut the Trojans' deficit to 30-27. Tyler Davis ran for 194 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries for No. 7 Mepham (4-5).

Stewart completed 11 of 17 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns for Garden City, which plays No. 3 Wantagh in a semifinal on Friday at 7:30 at Hofstra.

Carey 50, South Side 7: Ray Catapano threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 1 Carey (9-0) over No. 8 South Side (3-6). Carey scored on its first five possessions and seven different players scored a touchdown. Matt Robison had seven receptions for 96 yards, while Rich Katz and Jesse Opitz each recorded a sack for Carey, which plays No. 5 MacArthur (5-4) in a semifinal on Friday at 4 p.m. at Hofstra.

Massapequa 56, East Meadow 21: Craig Berge caught three touchdown passes from Matt Caracappa as third-seeded Massapequa rolled over No. 6 East Meadow in a Nassau I quarterfinal. Berge, who had 83 yards on four receptions, made two first-half scoring catches, including a 40-yard pass in the second quarter that gave the Chiefs (7-2) a 14-0 lead.  Caracappa completed 6 of 9 passes for 90 yards and Nick Capuana rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Jack Korber rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown. Dennis Mahoney contributed a sack. John Wilson scored on a 5-yard run for East Meadow (4-5). Massapequa will play No. 2 Oceanside in a semifinal at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Hofstra.

Oceanside 35, Baldwin 21: Tariek Harris ran for 114 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Oceanside (8-1) on Friday night. Harris' third score, a 10-yard run in the third quarter, gave Oceanside a 28-14 lead. Vincent Guarino completed 10-of-21 passes for 182 yards, Gilly Ruiz ran for 35 yards and one touchdown and Timmy Nolan had seven receptions for 132 yards for the Sailors. Ryan Hertling had eight tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack, Morgan McCarthy had eight tackles and a sack and Casey Kelly had an interception for Oceanside. Tyler Warner had three TD passes for No. 7 Baldwin (4-5).

Farmingdale 56, Valley Stream Central 7: Curtis Jenkins ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries and caught three passes for 62 yards and a score to lead top-seeded Farmingdale (9-0) on Friday night. Jenkins' third touchdown, a 3-yard run in the second quarter, gave the Dalers a 28-0 lead. Vinny Quinn completed 6 of 8 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns and Zach Kolodny connected on a career-high eight extra-point attempts. Vito Friscia hit Joe Picillo for a 58-yard scoring pass for eigth-seeded Valley Stream Central (3-6). Farmingdale will play Syosset in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra.

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