It was the moment everyone had been waiting for. Plainedge High School was about to find out the names of its newest homecoming king and queen.
But when the announcer called Tommy Marigliano’s name at halftime Saturday, he was nowhere to be found.
Instead of hearing the announcement in front of hundreds of his classmates and community members, Marigliano found out via text message while on the way home from a school hockey game in New Jersey.
“I was in traffic on the Southern State Parkway and all my friends were calling me to tell me,” said Marigliano, 17, of Seaford. “It was upsetting that I wasn’t there.”
But after finally getting back to school a little bit into the third quarter, he was ready to take his rightful place as king beside homecoming queen Erica Carney, who was still in shock over her big win.
“I was just not expecting it,” said Carney. “I’m shaking because I was nervous.”
Plainedge celebrated its annual homecoming in North Massapequa with a football game against the Hewlett High School Bulldogs. Hundreds of fans packed the bleachers decked in red, white and black to cheer on the Red Devils.
“It [homecoming] is something I’ve always been a part of for four years of high school,” said Marigliano. “ Even though I was a little late it’s always something I look forward to.”