Mepham High School was a sea of maroon and grey on Sept. 28 as students, staff, administrators and visiting members of the Bellmore-Merrick community celebrated homecoming in style.
The culminating event of school spirit week, homecoming was successful in a multitude of ways. First, there was Piratefest, where members of the community got to enjoy games, food and several tables representing various school and community organizations.
“It was a spirited week at Mepham as we counted down to our homecoming festivities,” said Principal Eric Gomez. “We celebrated our annual Pep Rally where we recognized all fall athletes. Our pep band and members of Skull and Bones also performed a few numbers. Additionally, the classes displayed their banners that conveyed the theme, “This is Mepham!”
Some lucky people even got to be on television thanks to a wonderful production put on by the BMB crew. There was also an inflatable pirate ship for young children to explore.
Once the pregame festivities concluded, the varsity football team had business to take care of on the field against visiting Sewanhaka. Although the game was a tough tooth-and-nail battle, the Pirates were able to emerge victorious, securing a 14-7 victory. Billy Molloy made big plays defensively, including a big tackle to keep the Indians out of the endzone in the fourth quarter, and a game-sealing interception with 30 seconds to go.
Senior Griffin Karp set the tone early in this one on special teams, as he blocked a punt that was recovered in the endzone for a Mepham touchdown. Senior Matthew Hegi scored the winning touchdown on a 17-yard run.
Halftime performances by the kickline and cheerleaders dazzled the crowd. Homecoming grand marshal Donald Brady, who graduated in 1991 and played 47 games in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, was then recognized. Afterward, the homecoming court was introduced, and Sean White and Brooke Rehab were crowned king and queen, respectively.