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Congratulations to the Long Island Football Champions

Congratulations to the Long Island Football Champions Congratulations to the Long Island Football Champions Congratulations to the Long Island Football Champions Congratulations to the Long Island Football Champions Congratulations to the Long Island Football Champions
Did it really happen? What an incredible season for the Garden City Varsity Football TEAM. A record of 11-1.

2012 Nassau County Champions!

2012 Long Island Champions!

A big THANK YOU to a dedicated coaching staff of Tom Flatley '57, Joe Baccarella, Bob Defliese '69, Dave Ettinger, and Steve Finnell '91.

It may be impossible to compare teams year to year. Coach Flatley graciously has said at the season ending party, “This is the best team that I have ever had”. Like a surprise birthday party, you’re stunned but are so happy you are there. How can this be? Twenty of twenty-two starters graduated. A division 1 full scholarship kicker in Ryan Norton graduated. Mark Ellis broke touchdown records last year. There is usually a much bigger and stronger offensive/defensive line. None of the seniors are looking to play football in college. The boys are multi-sport athletes that play lacrosse, wrestling, baseball, and basketball. A new spread offense needed to be used to utilize the speed…the agility, the athletic ability…the best of everyone on the team. The bend but don’t break defense gave up, 166 on the season or 13.8 ppg, more points per game than every other previous team. Yet the leadership of the captains and the rest of the seniors helped make this a true team with everyone in it together. With their inspirational motto “One Team”, they followed these words and put them into action. There were exciting games all season. The last three playoff games saw the Trojans losing at half-time and stepping up with exciting come-from-behind victories. In a competitive conference any number of teams could have won Nassau County. Wantagh, McArthur, and Carey all have great football teams that had good seasons with much to be proud of. After the Carey playoff game (thinking about a point where the Trojans were down 12-0 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and Carey had the ball), a mother curiously asked her offensive lineman son; “How do you guys do it?…Do you get nervous?…Are you ever worried?“. The reply was “mom, I don’t know the score…I am focused on doing my job, on working hard on each and every play until the game is over”. This could not be a better example of the mindset of a winner…the words of a champion. The boys believed in themselves and have shown everyone that heart, determination, and hard work pays off. The victory is now sooo much sweeter.

For the Long Island Championship, little things add to the “mojo” like seeing “Trojan Pride” signs lining the route to Stony Brook. Many wore white (or stayed with their lucky shirt). And finally, who wouldn’t think that the half-time “battle” between the Trojan mascot (Michael Paxton) and the Riverhead Waves mascot didn’t begin to turn the tide and begin the 22-0 GC domination of the 2nd half.

The seniors finish their 7th to 12th grade football career with an amazing 54-2 record. Garden City has won its fifth Long Island Championship (the first victory traveling as a visitor to Suffolk). For the first time all season the team broke into the MSG Varsity Top 25 with a season ending 24th in the Tri-State rankings. So it was One Last Game, One Last Victory for the seniors…for the team…for all of Garden City.

Their junior, sophomores, and freshman teammates made outstanding contributions to the team. Many started on offense and defense. Still others were on special teams. They continually delivered working hard on each and every down. Many don’t realize the effort by those on the scout teams that play the part of the opponent each week at practice. There is someone who studies Watson of Wantagh, Blitzer of Riverhead, and the many other players that were faced each week. Everyone is part of the victory. These are the boys that will continue the legacy and reload for next season. So one last time, here are the players of the Garden City Varsity Football Long Island Championship TEAM:

10 Brett Stewart QB/DB
11 Brian Badgett WR/DB
12 Matt Leto RB/DB
14 Ed Blatz WR/DB
15 Thomas Wright QB/DB
16 Sean Digan RB/DB
17 Justin Guterding WR/DB
19 Gerard Smith K/WR/DB
20 Patrick Finneran WR/DB
21 Justin Samardich RB/DB
22 Brian Defliese WR/DB
23 Jack Reina NG
24 Peter Luglio WR/DB
25 Spencer Bais WR/DB
26 Brian Colamussi WR/LB
27 Brian Haeffner RB/DB
28 Conor Riedell WR/DB
29 Dale Stasco K/WR/DB
30 James Sullivan WR/DB
31 Scott D'Antonio RB/LB
32 Kyle Harder WR/DE
34 Mike Crapotta RB/LB
35 Tim Schmelzinger QB/DB
36 Daniel Confort RB/DB
38 John Wotczak RB/LB
39 Danny Miller RB/DE
44 Tim McDonagh RB/LB 5
0 Nick Giannone OL/DL
51 Christian Capozzi G/LB
53 Matt Cortese OL/DL
54 Matt Greene OL/LB
55 Ryan Blair C/LB
56 Cullen Minion OL/LB
58 Chris Moscatiello OL/DL
60 James Lark OL/DL
61 Nick DeMoura OL/DL
62 Brian Goepfert OL/DE
63 Justin Holloway OL/DL
64 Niko Vorkas OL/DL
65 Liam McGuinness OL/DL
66 Conor Byrnes OL/DL
68 John Walczyk OL/DL
70 Jack Brennan OL/DE
71 Liam Byrnes OL/DL
73 Louie Pagonis OL/DL
74 Drew Mancusi OL/DE
75 Joseph Eigl OL/DL
77 Matt Schmelzinger DL
78 Ryan Scott OL/DL
79 Ryan Dooley OL/DL
80 Brendan McLaughlin WR/DB
81 Jack Connors WR/DB
83 Brandon Rosenblatt WR/DB
85 Michael Collins WR/DE
87 Kyle Skramko WR/DE
88 George Petropoulos TE/LB

Thank you for the memories that will last a lifetime! Go Trojans!  

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