A Victorious Homecoming Day


It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas—and Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July and Halloween—as the four holiday-themed floats made their way onto Sal Ciampi Field at the start of the homecoming game on Oct. 8.

In keeping with the holiday theme, the Redmen delivered an early Christmas present to their loyal fans with their 37-20 victory over Kings Park. Leading the charge were Kyle Fleitman, Justin Taveras and Bobby Madigan, who provided plenty of rushing, passing and touchdown action. With the Redmen leading 31-12 at the half, the cheerleading squad had no trouble keeping the crowd pumped, even as threatening clouds gave way to rain in the second half.

The halftime show delivered more thrills, as the pep band opened with Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” The kickline performed a precision dance routine, while the band played “Locked Out of Heaven.” The band finished its Bruno Mars medley with “Uptown Funk.”

Principal Bill Brennen crowned the homecoming king and queen, Kyle Engblom and Emily Glennon, who received a thunderous round of applause from their adoring fans.

The floats circled the track for one final viewing, accompanied by members of the local youth cheerleading and football leagues. The crowd waited in breathless anticipation for the announcement of the winning float. The freshman’s Valentine’s Day float finished fourth, with the sophomores’ Independence Day float coming in third. The Halloween-themed junior float was second, with the seniors taking away the first-place prize for their Christmas-themed float.