Brett Stewart led Garden City to the Long Island Class II title a year ago and in doing so emerged as one of the area's top quarterbacks, balancing the run game with his deft passing ability.
While the faces around him have changed, Stewart remains that multidimensional threat. He accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Long Beach last week. So it's just more of the same for Stewart as he tries to lead the Trojans back to the LIC.
Garden City travels to Wantagh at 2 p.m. Saturday. The two have played 15 times since Wantagh's last victory over the Trojans in 1975. Can the Warriors end that 15-game losing streak? Wantagh has a dynamite offensive threat of its own in halfback Michael Ferraro, who had two TDs in a 35-13 win over MacArthur.
The key here lies in the linebacker corps of Wantagh and leading tackler Peter Brasile. Stop Stewart and end the long GC streak.
Massapequa at Oceanside, Saturday, 6 p.m.: Both teams bring 4-1 records in Nassau I into the game. The Chiefs have a well balanced offense behind quarterback Matt Caracappa and halfback Nick Capuana. Oceanside is coming off a big 28-21 win over East Meadow. Tariek Harris rushed for 282 yards, including the 1-yard winner. Could be a high-scoring affair.
Lawrence at Lynbrook, Marion Street Field., Saturday, 2 p.m.: Lawrence dominated Nassau III for two years and earned five of the last seven county titles. The Golden Tornadoes had their 15-game win streak ended by Plainedge two weeks ago before coming back to beat Hewlett, 35-20, as Jordan Fredericks scored two second-half touchdowns. Lynbrook won the L.I. Class III crown in 2010 and the Owls are a serious contender for the title.
Roslyn at Port Washington, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Port Washington finished 7-1 in 2012 and is looking for that perfect season in Nassau V. Halfback Mike Gennusa leads the way for the Vikings with 702 yards and 11 TDs. Roslyn makes it a showdown of unbeatens after the Bulldogs and Alex Epprecht, who scored two touchdowns, shut out St. Dominic, 42-0.
Sachem North at Floyd, Saturday, 2 p.m.: This game never loses its luster. Floyd bounced back from two straight losses with a win last week and Sachem North was beaten in triple overtime by Commack. Floyd has ended Sachem North’s season four straight years in the Suffolk I playoffs.
Longwood at Connetquot, Saturday, 2 p.m.:Patchogue-Medford at Northport, Saturday, 2 p.m.:Comsewogue at Hauppauge, Saturday, 5 p.m.:Mount Sinai at Babylon, Saturday, 2 p.m.: This a rematch of last year's Suffolk IV final, won by Babylon, 21-7. Mt. Sinai is reeling after last week's loss to upstart Shoreham-Wading River, 45-26. The Wildcats shut out Mt. Sinai in the second half for the win. Earlier this season, the Panthers jumped to a 36-0 lead over Shoreham on the way to a 36-14 win.
Patchogue-Medford at Northport, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Raiders quarterback Anthony Lee leads all of Long Island with 1,219 yards passing and 13 TDs. Northport is without standout running back Brett Hall, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Comsewogue at Hauppauge, Saturday, 5 p.m.: Hauppauge is 4-1 and led by quarterback Nick Mildon, a shifty runner, who has rushed and passed for more than 950 yards. Can the Eagles stop Comsewogue halfback Ade Nelson and a Warriors team that needs a win badly to keep the postseason hopes alive?
Mount Sinai at Babylon, Saturday, 2 p.m.: This a rematch of last year's Suffolk IV final, won by Babylon, 21-7. Mt. Sinai is reeling after last week's loss to upstart Shoreham-Wading River, 45-26. The Wildcats shut out Mt. Sinai in the second half for the win. Earlier this season, the Panthers jumped to a 36-0 lead over Shoreham on the way to a 36-14 win.