Written by Tim Ahmed, Manhasset@Antonnews.com Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
On a cloudy, cool and comfortable Saturday afternoon, Manhasset High School hosted its annual homecoming parade and football game. The parade had begun at 2 p.m. as the school’s marching band made it way down Plandome Road, en route to the football field on Manhasset Avenue.
The band was accompanied by the school’s cheerleaders. Then the jubilant student body of each grade followed with loud cheering along with the distribution of skittles candy to the viewers. The procession filled the streets with vibrant colors as the students also shot confetti into the air and blue and orange balloons were scattered around the street.
After the parade,town residents and fans of Manhasset football packed the bleachers to watch the Indians take on the Golden Eagles of Bethpage. The school faced a difficult Bethpage squad with a strong record of 4-0. On the flip side, Manhasset has struggled to find consistency in their game this season, only winning one game in five contests.
Led by runningback Taquan Thomas, Manhasset had a decent start to the homecoming game. Unfortunately, the Indians were no match for Bethpage’s solid running game. An early touchdown run by Michael Sforza and a completed two point conversion deflated Manhasset. Before the end of the half, Bethpage quarterback Christian Feruzza completed a spectacular 30-yard touchdown pass to Sforza for his second touchdown of the afternoon. The Eagles dominated the first half with a 22-0 lead.
The halftime ceremony was as delightful as the weather. The graduation class of 1963 was among the spectators in the match. The alumni had the chance to celebrate their 50th anniversary at the 50-yard line and have their names announced. The marching band then finished the halftime festivities with their epic 10-minute performance involving choreographed number with the color guard and their silky flags. Announcers notified the crowd of the band’s brilliant effort in past years. They were recently awarded champions of the New York State Class 1A Banner for the fourth consecutive year.
Bethpage continued to hammer down on Manhasset in the second half. They managed to shut them out with a 38-0 victory. Sforza was Bethpage’s top contributor with 84 yards rushing, 38 yards receiving and three touchdowns.