East Meadow HS Jets soar at homecoming

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Students, administrators and community members of the district filled the East Meadow High School stadium with cheers and applause on Oct. 29 as the Jets defeated Syosset High School, 51-26.

Although the annual homecoming parade was canceled the week prior due to severe weather conditions, homecoming attendees were able to participate in festivities before kickoff at the school’s PTSA fundraiser on Saturday Oct. 29 held at Burger King on Hempstead Turnpike. Guests were welcomed to play games, win prizes and have their faces painted, with all proceeds benefiting future college scholarships and the PTSA.  

During the game, Jets quarterback Anthony LaRosa had 14 carries for 181 yards and five touchdowns, and running back Joe Matchekosky had 13 carries for 68 yards and scored two touchdowns. As for defense, linebackers Paul Imperiale and Kyle Barker each had a sack. Imperiale also had eight tackles and Barker blocked a punt for a safety.

At halftime, the cheerleaders, Rockettes kickline team and marching band gave a spectacular performance and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Carlos Villafuerte and Isabella Oliverio were announced as homecoming king and queen, joining this year’s homecoming court of David Hellman, Joe Franzese, Nicole Leary, Olivia Megale, Sonali Persaud and Lauren Schiffer. Halftime also featured the display of custom floats created by each high school class, which included “The Cat in the Hat” by the seniors, “Winnie the Pooh” by the juniors, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by the sophomores and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by the freshmen.