Homecoming: Football Game 22-23

Jasmine Rihal, Riki Murase and Lilly Wu

Chants and cheers were heard throughout the stands at the varsity football Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 21. The Vikings fought diligently against the Woodside Wildcats, but unfortunately were defeated by a score of 28-14.

The game commenced with the senior night ceremony, honoring senior players Aaron Cheung, Alex Wright, Alvin Sun, Andrew Hahm, Allen Powell, Michael Heydinger, Nikhil Mandava, Tristan Dowdell, Ojas Gupta, Priscilla Leang, Vaibhav Rangan and Saahil Gupta. Captain Ashlee Nicole Tugade was also celebrated as a senior on the Lynbrook cheer team. Each senior was congratulated by their teammates, coaches, family and friends with posters, gifts and flowers.

“My teammates and I left our hearts on this field, and for some of us, our final memories playing for Lynbrook,” Dowdell said.

In the first half the Vikings tied the game 14-14 with two touchdowns made by Wright and two extra points scored by kicker Diego Perez. But the Wildcats came back and scored another two touchdowns in the second half.

“In the first half we really came up with the ferocity that we needed and put in a lot of effort to do our best,” Wright said. “In the second half I think we could’ve done better but I’m still happy with how we played, this was the best team in the league and we put up a good fight.”

During halftime Lynbrook cheer, the Valkyries, Marching Band and Color Guard executed remarkable performances. Being transported in pedicabs, Homecoming Court was honored for their contribution to each class’ Homecoming efforts.

At the third quarter, Homecoming results were broadcasted: freshmen came in fourth, sophomores came in third, juniors came in second and in first came the seniors.

“We played our hearts out, and unfortunately we didn’t win, but it was refreshing to see that energy and spirit coming from our team in front of the crowd,” Gupta said.