W.T. Clarke Homecoming Exciting from Start to Finish

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Enthusiasm in the stands and on the field lasted from pregame festivities through an exciting finish at the W.T. Clarke High School varsity football game against Locust Valley during the school’s homecoming on October 13.

After overnight and morning rain cleared, parents and volunteers from the W.T. Clarke PTSA and the W.T. Clarke Parent Booster Club set up tents to sell food as well as maroon and gray items to support the Rams. Fans and community members began to fill the stands as the varsity football team ran through two banners held by the varsity cheerleading team to cheer the kickoff against the Locust Valley Falcons. 

The Rams went into the locker room with a 6-0 lead at the half and then the halftime festivities began. The cheerleading team opened the halftime ceremony with an enthusiastic cheer that lead into a strong performance from the marching band and color guard. Superintendent Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., along with the East Meadow School District Board of Education and central administrators led the annual halftime procession. 

Following district officials’ greetings was the announcement of the homecoming royal court. This year’s court included this year’s king and queen, seniors Tom Talbot and Briana Iadevia. Due to wet conditions on the field, class floats were unable to be displayed in front of the crowd. However, class officers paraded onto the field while tossing candy into the stands while dressed as characters for this year’s theme of action movies.  The Avengers, Star Wars, Jurassic World and The Incredibles were all portrayed from the senior, junior, sophomore and freshmen classes respectively.

The parade concluded with dozens of representatives from the Class of 1968, who were invited back to serve as grand marshals while also celebrating their 50-year reunion. 

The action on the field led to overtime with a 6-6 tie after regulation. Trailing 9-6 after a Locust Valley field goal, the Rams came out victorious 12-9 as senior Anthony Caputo scored the winning touchdown.