His pass to Colamussi, a rocket to the sideline, netted a first down. Then Garden City played keepaway for half the period, marching the length of the field and killing clock as they did so. By the time Stewart powered over the goal line to make it 42-18, just 5:38 remained in the game.
The Marines still would not go away. Parler scored on their next possession, then added the two-point conversion, to close the margin to 42-26, but time was not on their side.
Stewart finished with two touchdown passes and two scores of his own, but his biggest play may have been the third-down conversion on the first pay of the fourth quarter. The Trojans improved to 4-1, while the Marines fell to 3-2.
“We finished the game strong, and the kids felt good about it,” Martin said.
Long Beach will look to get back on track this Saturday when it visits South Side, which stands at 2-3. Kickoff is 3 p.m.