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Posted Monday, December 03, 2007 by Chris Marasco

CHSFL all-stars play to tie
BY CHRIS MASCARO | chris.mascaro@newsday.com
December 3, 2007
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Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo Print Single page view Reprints Post Comment Text size: Catholic League football bragging rights were split Sunday, as the Long Island All-Stars and New York City All-Stars played to a 14-14 tie in the CHSFL Senior Bowl on a snowy field at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

City All-Stars coach Mike O'Donnell (Stepinac) sent his kicker, Mike Horowitz of St. Joseph by the Sea, out to try a 42-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the game, but the attempt sailed wide left.

"It's pretty tough with the footing," Horowitz said of the field, which was completely covered with a dusting of snow. "I was worried about my plant foot slipping."

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Horowitz did make a 42-yarder this season.

"The consensus was that he could make it," O'Donnell said. "It was the right thing to do at the time."

It was surprising for Long Island - made up of players from schools in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn - even to be at the brink of defeat, considering how it controlled play for most of the game. But turnovers hampered the Island squad, including a fumbled snap midway through the third quarter that set up the City's tying touchdown.

The final points of the game were scored when Patrick Brennan (St. Joseph by the Sea) scampered 30 yards into the end zone to tie the score for the City with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"The weather was a factor, but we made too many errors," said Willis Dendy (Bishop Ford), Long Island's offensive most valuable player. "I think we outplayed them."

Dendy made Long Island's most critical mistake. He fumbled on a second-and-goal play from the 4-yard line in the second quarter, and the City team recovered at the 5. Then the City drove 95 yards the other way for a score just before halftime.

Mike Gentile (Monsignor Farrell), the City team's offensive MVP, connected with Will Figueroa of St. Peter's for a 2-yard touchdown to cap the 10-play drive. The two combined for a 54-yard play on a third-and-10 from the 5 earlier in the drive. Later, Gentile scrambled for 24 yards on a fourth-and-7 to the 6.

Long Island drove 74 yards in eight plays for a 7-0 lead on its first possession, which culminated with Dendy's 1-yard dive into the end zone.

Dendy carried the ball for 25 yards on the first play of the drive and Darryl Whiting (Holy Cross) rushed three times for 26 yards and caught a 12-yard pass.

"The offensive line did a great job," Dendy said. "The holes were huge."

Long Island's Jaquan Bryant (Holy Cross) intercepted a pass on the first play of the second half to give his team the ball at the City 28-yard line.

It took Long Island nine plays and 6:12 to score, with the Chaminade connection of quarterback Doug Vella and tight end Luke Nowrocki producing a 3-yard touchdown pass. Holy Trinity's Manuel Matias hit his second extra point to make it 14-

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