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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Garden City 20, Long Beach 18
By Tony Bellissimo
Steven Ryan/Herald
Long Beach's Obe Isaac, left, brought down Garden City's Ed Blatz during last Friday night's Conference II thriller.

Long Beach has closed the gap considerably on Nassau Conference II football powerhouse Garden City, but the Trojans still have the upper hand after holding on for a thrilling 20-18 road victory last Friday night in a battle of undefeated teams before a standing-room only crowd at Veteran’s Field.

The Marines, who were outscored by the Trojans 165-35 in four previous meetings, came within a few yards of forcing overtime after a scintillating 80-yard touchdown drive on their final possession. Senior quarterback Adam Salvadori’s 4-yard scoring strike to sophomore Chris Parler on fourth-and-goal with six seconds remaining gave the hosts hope, but Garden City’s defense swarmed senior tailback J.T. Forkin (149 yards, two touchdowns) on the two-point conversion attempt to escape with a victory.

“It’s disappointing, but I’m proud of our effort,” Long Beach head coach Scott Martin said. “The kids rose to the occasion. To drive 80 yards in the freezing cold against Garden City’s defense with our backs against the wall says a lot.

“We’ve had success with conversions all year,” he added, “but we couldn’t get one tonight.”

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