Trojans running back Mark Ellis helped Garden City jump out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead over Kennedy in the opening round of the Conference II playoffs Saturday afternoon.He scored on runs of 8 and 12 yards to help give the Trojans the early lead en route to their dominating 42-7 victory.
Senior tailback Patric Berkery, who was back from injury after a five-game absence, showed off his wide receiver skills by catching a 27-yard pass from quarterback Brett Stewart to bring the score to 21-0. Berkery had 48 rushing yards on four carries for the game.
Defensive back Rob Savage than returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown after lineman Matt Schmelzinger stripped Kennedy quarterback Chris Racalbuto of the ball.
With Garden City up 28-0 it looked liked the Cougars were left for dead. But Racalbuto was able to make up for his fumble by rushing for a 1-yard touchdown to give Kennedy some hope as time expired in the half.
But Ellis dashed any hopes of a comeback attempt when he ran for his third touchdown of the day on the Trojans first drive of the third quarter. His 34-yard run gave him his third touchdown of the day and 115 total rushing yards for the game.
Senior running back Christian Morrealae capped off the win for the Trojans with a 6-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter to give Garden City the 42-7 lead.
"Everything went well for us today in a game that featured a number one seed against a number eight seed," head coach Tom Flatley said. "But we know the water will get a little deeper for us next week."
The Trojans will face off against Carey, a team they beat during the regular season, in the semifinals at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium on Friday.