By Olivia Scaglione
For the first time in Byram Hills history, the varsity football team played a Friday night home game under the lights. The excitement in the air was exuberant. Coming off of a big win against the former AA school, Fox Lane, the Bobcats were eager to take on the Harrison Huskies who beat them in their playoff game last year. LoHud newspaper predicted the Huskies to win the game 29-28 and the Bobcats were ready to prove them wrong.
The Huskies started out hot, scoring a touchdown on their second possession. However, that was the last time the Huskies would see the end zone. The Bobcats quickly retaliated when quarterback Jack Kenny gave a handoff to running back Matt Weiler who in turn ran in for a Bobcats touchdown. Weiler would have two more touchdowns and tight end Steven Franco would also score for the Bobcats later in the game.
The Bobcats defense shut the Huskies’ offense down. Linebackers Nick Scaglione (Captain) and Ryan Abatemarco had some key tackles to stop the Huskies’ on several fourth down attempts. Seniors Dean Corelli and Sam Siegel both had vital sacks, stopping the Huskies’ quarterback. Siegel commented that the Bobcats “played like a team and always have each other’s backs on and off the field.”
The homecoming game was also a community event. The bleachers were packed with both parents and students who were supporting the team. Emma Trembone said “The hype around the football game was amazing. I have never heard so much talk about a sports game.” Everyone in the high school had an opportunity to get involved whether it was singing the national anthem with the concert choir, playing with the band throughout the duration of the game, or cheering on the team in the student section.
Team mom, Rita Monteforte, explains how “the boys are always with each other.” Monteforte also added that the younger and older boys get along very well. “The boys look after one another. They have created a brotherhood.” Evidently, a major part of the Bobcats success this season is the bond the players have with each other.
The Varsity Football team is definitely making history and changing the culture of the team. In recent years, football, at Byram Hills, has taken a back seat to soccer. Yet, this season football is making a name for themselves. They have come out as victors of games that LoHud had predicted they would lose. These are underdogs are climbing their way to the top!
Come support the Varsity team next Friday as they look to go 5 and 1 in an away game against the Spring Valley Tigers!