The 2014 Calhoun High School homecoming festivities provided the North Merrick community with an opportunity to experience football under the lights for the first time.
A standing-room-only crowd packed the stands at Calhoun High School Friday to witness the school’s inaugural night football game against Westbury. The Colts were given an opportunity to play in prime time thanks to portable lights that were donated by the Town of Hempstead.
New Calhoun principal Nicole Hollings, who was decked out in her blue and white Calhoun homecoming T-shirt, said having night football has been talked about for many years.
The historic evening came on the heels of Calhoun dedicating a new synthetic turf field on Sept. 27 against Herricks High School.
“During the summer when we figured out the football schedule we started immediately with making sure we could have a night game some way somehow,” said Hollings, who had been in the Bellmore-Merrick district for 20 years. “Our students have really been looking forward to this.”
Among the students who got a thrill out of seeing night football were the Calhoun cheerleaders. Senior captain Madison Malone, who was cheering in her second-to-last home game Friday, said the atmosphere feels different when a football game is played at night.
“The lights give us a real rush,” she said. “We love it.”
Superintendent John DeTommaso was on hand for Calhoun’s homecoming game and was proud of the large turnout.
“This is a wonderful thing for the kids and the community,” he said. “It’s nice to see a big crowd out for homecoming.”