East Meadow HS Jets Victorious At Homecoming

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The East Meadow High School football stadium resounded with cheers and applause on Oct. 28 as the Jets landed a homecoming win against the Long Beach High School Marines, 21-13. 

Prior to the annual game, students, cheerleaders, the Rockettes kickline team and the homecoming court paraded through the community from Veterans Memorial Park to East Meadow High School. Class representatives tossed candy to spectators from student-created floats, which followed a cartoon theme this year.

The festivities continued at the high school’s athletic complex, where attendees played carnival games, won prizes, had their faces painted, and enjoyed food and refreshments from local vendors including: Amici Italian Bistro, Arby’s, Bagelicious, Dunkin’ Donuts, Mille Grazie Pizzeria, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Pastrami Plus. 

Prior to kickoff, the East Meadow High School Parents Athletic Club presented a $10,000 scholarship check to the East Meadow High School athletic program in memory of East Meadow High School graduate Matthew DeLuca, who passed away unexpectedly in January.    

During the game, Jets quarterback Shawn Regan had 11 carries for 130 rushing yards and one touchdown, and running back Mike Grech had 20 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. As for defense, linebackers Eddie Buckhaults and Liam Laskowski each had a sack. Buckhaults also had six tackles and Laskowski had five. 

At halftime, the cheerleaders, Rockettes and marching band gave a spectacular performance that elicited a standing ovation. 

Halftime was also marked by several recognitions. Seniors Daniel Miranda and Tara Fama were announced as homecoming king and queen, joined by this year’s homecoming court comprised of Derek Angueria, Michael Dolley, Melissa Finnegan, Helen Flores, Tyler Love, Jillian Lucito, Isabelle Melito and Robert McCrindle. Also recognized were members of the 1967 East Meadow High School football team for their Division I championship 50 years ago, as well as the 2017 girls varsity softball team, who received their championship rings for winning the Long Island Class AA softball championship game over East Islip.