As cliche and heartbreaking as it may sound, all good things do come to an end. Unfortunately for the Colts, they were sent packing at the hands of the Garden City Trojans this past Sunday at Stony Brook University by a score of 13-6. Clearly a defensively oriented game, each half was riddled with big hits, penalties, and turnovers that left both teams guilty, but only one able to emerge with a victory.
Garden City jumped out to an early 6-0 after two first half field goals, holding the colts to under 5 first downs in the first 24 minutes. While West showed extreme defensive resilience on their end, the Garden City defensive front appeared too fast and too powerful for West’s big men up front in the early going.
At the start of the fourth quarter Garden City held a 13-0 lead, but when Jeff Terry intercepted Garden City’s Colin Hart at midfield, the Colts showed signs of life, making it clear that this game was not over.
While unable to come up with points off a turnover for the second time in this game, the Colts later displayed an impressive offensive drive that resulted in a left corner touchdown pass from Filardi to Jordan with just over 7 minutes to play. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score at 13-6 as the clock wound down.
After forcing the Trojans to punt, a pivotal block-in-the-back penalty on the Colts gave them the ball deep in their own territory with 4 minutes in regulation. As they neared midfield on a second and long play, Filardi was sacked for a loss that not only hurt his chances at a first down, but left him hurt physically as he was forced to exit the game without return with an injured collarbone.
Without Filardi, the Colts had two downs to go 23 yards to keep their season alive, but on an end-around WR trick play, Cameron Jordan’s pass was tipped and intercepted, closing out a hard fought Trojans victory.
While they weren’t able to win the game, the 2016 Hills West Football Team certainly had a season to remember, and we congratulate them on being able to achieve the success they had.