Running backs Mark Ellis and Patric Berkery were the perfect combination for Garden City on Friday as the duo helped the Trojans dominate the Carey Seahawks, 27-0, in the Conference II playoff semifinals at Hofsta's Shuart Stadium.
Ellis, who had two touchdowns and 112 yards rushing for the game, got his scoring going early. He ran the ball in from six yards out in the first quarter to help Garden City get the early 7-0 edge. He later intercepted a pass off of Carey quarterback Andrew Ris late in the second quarter and ran it back 43 yards for a touchdown.
Berkery, who was playing in his second game back from injury, ran the ball in from 26 yards out in the second quarter capping a three-play, 47-yard drive from Garden City.
Up 20-0 at halftime it looked like the rout was for the Trojans.
But the Seahawks made things interesting to start the third quarter as they moved the ball inside Garden City's red zone giving themselves the opportunity to score. But their drive ended on a 4th and 8 play that was snuffed out by the stingy Garden City defense.
The Trojans than marched the ball up the field on their next possession and scored a touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Mike Comiskey to junior receiver Ed Blatz in the end zone giving the Trojans the 27-0 lead. That would end up being the final score.
"I thought we played very well today," said head coach Tom Flatley. "It is good to have (Patric) Berkery back to form and I think our whole team is strong now going into next week's final game."
The Trojans will play Wantagh, a winner in last night's matchup against Elmont, in the county finals at Hofstra on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.