Dominant Victory Ends Spectacular Homecoming
The Half Hollow Hills High School West Colts could not ask for a better game for Homecoming.
The cold and windy weather did not seem to deter family, friends and students from attending Hills West’s homecoming parade and football game on Saturday. Fans lined the streets from Caledonia Road to this high school and cheered as the homecoming court, marching band, cheerleaders, dance line and students marched by them.
Spectators said they loved the floats for each of the classes and the music from the band.
“During the parade, I thought there was a tremendous amount of school spirit. I don’t think I’ve seen that in a long time,” Director of the Marching Band Christopher Foti said.
When the parade finally reached the football field, the homecoming court was announced to the crowd. The announcement of the winners, however, wouldn’t come until after the game.
As the court walked off the field, the Colts took the field with the goal of ending homecoming with a great game against West Babylon, and that’s exactly what they did.
Hills West was the first to score as quarterback Anthony Lucarelli threw a 53-yard pass to wide receiver Jake Klose for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the game. The first quarter would end with a score of 14-0 after running back Raymond Lyte rushed for a touchdown.
The Colts dominated the second quarter by scoring 3 touchdowns. Lyte and Jerry Brown Jr. both rushed for touchdowns, and Lucarelli threw for another touchdown to Klose. The Colts defense remained tough as West Babylon was held scoreless in the first half. The Colts defense forced 2 interceptions, made by Joshua Connor and Jabari Montalvo, and recovered 3 fumbles, via Joseph Cipoletti, Patrick Leone and Nicholas Carubia. At halftime, the score was 35-0.
The crowd that roared and cheered during the first half stayed in their seats to watch Hills West’s marching band and dance line perform songs ranging from Justin Beiber to Kiss. Many were impressed by the performances.
After the halftime show, the Colts made their way back to the field to start the second half, while the Colts’ cheerleaders never stopped fueling the crowd.
“Today, the cheerleaders are cheering their hearts out.” said cheerleading head coach Jennifer Davidson.
The Colts and West Babylon swapped rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, making the score 42-7. Finally in the fourth quarter, as West Babylon scored on a rushing touchdown, the Colts answered by returning an interception for a touchdown to end the game by a score of 49-14.
The crowd went crazy, as the Colts not only won the homecoming game but also completely dominated the game on both sides of the ball.
Then came the moment many were waiting weeks for. The homecoming court made its way back onto the field, and the announcement finally came that Cody Cao and Joanna Ramsay were named homecoming king and queen.
“Even though it came as a shock to me, I was honored to have been voted as homecoming king,” Cao said. “Plus, I was grateful to have a great partner and court who were all such amazing people. We all had so much fun; it would be impossible to forget these moments.”