SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Homecoming Week at St. John School had an exciting start which included the Homecoming football game against Pymatuning Valley on Oct. 26. It took place at the Spire Institute in Geneva.
The Heralds played their hearts out on the field including one in particular, Dane Gustafson, who scored two touchdowns for the Heralds breaking four runs immediately after half-time.
When asked about the game, left tackle Mason Rought said, “The Homecoming game was special because we tried hard the whole game. That’s all that matters, just because we didn’t win, it doesn’t mean we lost either.”
There was an overwhelming amount of support and spirit from the fans which included many parents, students, staff and alumni.
The St. John Band was also present at the game. It was the first time in 25 years that St. John had a band at a football game. At half-time, the 2014 Homecoming court was announced as well as the returning King and Queen of the previous year, Michael Mahoney and Brenna Powers. The 2014 King and Queen were Matt Pinelli and Alivia Cimorelli.
St. John kicked off Homecoming week with the first Homecoming Olympics. Grades 7-12 engaged in competitive games such as “Aladdin Says,” a spinoff on Simon Says, a large rock paper scissor tournament, a scooter race and dodge ball.
“The games were not only a lot of fun, but they were great team building exercises!” said junior Ali Rocco.
Teams were awarded with a star for each event they won. In the end, the ninth grade came out victorious and they celebrated in a giant huddle and were awarded with a pizza party.
When asked about his team’s win, freshman Tony Massucci said, “The athletic ability in our class really helped us pull through and win the games.”
On Wednesday, a forgotten tradition was brought back to St. John. A friendly game of powder-puff football was played between the high school girls. The captains were the senior girls. The teams were Blue versus White.