By Jillian Haguisan
On October 12th, the OBHS Varsity Football Team, the Baymen, faced Carle Place, the Wild Frogs, at the 2019 Homecoming game. Oyster Bay fought tirelessly against Carle Place despite the Wild Frogs’ 23-6 win.
Preparation for Homecoming spanned the week leading up to the big game. The Varsity Cheerleading Team practiced every day in order to perfect their routine in time.
On Friday, after-school, students from grades 9-12 gathered outside to decorate their grades’ floats, which centered around the theme of “Movies.” The freshmen captured fantasy, while the sophomores had horror, the juniors had Broadway, and the seniors had Disney.
At 12:30 pm, before the game started, students from the OBHS Pep Band, directed by Mr. Matthew Sisia, lined up and paraded from Oyster Bay High School to Roosevelt’s field, where they played “Hail Oyster Bay” and “Sousa Favorites.”
The student-decorated floats, the cheerleaders, and the Homecoming King and Queen, George Anagnostopoulos and Jacqueline Romanelli, also marched their way onto the field.
Led by Head Coach Daniel Ruskowski and Assistant Coaches Brandon Brooker, Dominick Cotrone, Jackson O’Neill, and John LoRusso, the Baymen took the field around 2:00 pm.
Spectators quickly gathered to cheer on Oyster Bay. Some OBHS alumni also visited, many of whom were greeted by students and teachers alike.
Mr. Scott Knapp served as a sports commentator, energetically cheering on the Baymen and hyping up the fans.
Throughout the game, the OBHS bands played various excerpts from popular songs, such as “Sweet Caroline,” “NFL on Fox,” and “You’re the Best Around.”At Halftime, the OBHS seniors performed their lip sync dance in front of the community who excitedly watched.
During the last thirty seconds of the fourth quarter, Junior Zacchary Hornosky scored a touchdown, after which the OBHS Pep Band played “Hail Oyster Bay.”
Despite good efforts, some football players believe that poor offense was a factor in their loss. “Our offense could be better,” said junior Josh Gomez.
“Everything could’ve been improved,” senior Timothy Kelly adds. “We kept losing the ball, and our defense was just beat most of the time.”
Regardless of the game’s outcome, students and staff alike worked hard to prepare for Homecoming. From the vendors to the athletes, everyone enjoyed contributing to the event. “I had fun at the game, so I think that’s all that matters,” said one spectator. Even if this year’s Homecoming game didn’t result in a victory, there is no doubt that the Baymen will continue working hard this season.