The stomping at Jerry Jewel Stadium in Levittown shook the stands like a tame earthquake. The crowd jumped to their feet and threw their hands into the air as the Division Avenue High School Blue Dragons raced into the end zone.
Just as loud as the students cheering for their peers were the parents as the Blue Dragons battled the Floral Park High School Knights in their annual homecoming game.
"Just the excitement of all the kids hanging out getting together, all of the different sports -- it's so much fun, it really is,” said Christine Orth, 45, of Levittown, who graduated from Division Avenue in 1986. Her daughter, Ashley, is captain of the cheerleading team.
Before the game started, parents had their moment to shine, too. Senior members of the football team, marching band, kickline and candidates for the homecoming court took the field arm-in-arm with a parent. Each pair walked to the center of the field to pose for a photo with The Blue Dragon under a canopy of blue and white balloons.
Jacqueline Servellon, 35, of Levittown, said her favorite part of attending the high school homecoming is “seeing them play, seeing them win, seeing the enthusiasm. The whole town comes together to be as one, you know, united.”
Earlier, Servellon escorted her son Edwin onto the field before he played in the football game.
As the game started, cheer moms in ‘Loudest fans in the stands’ t-shirts walked around selling snacks and 50/50 raffles to benefit their daughters.
The football team lost the game to Floral Park 34-14, but the spirit of homecoming weekend remained strong.
"Homecoming is a great way to start off the school year," said Principal Joan Lorelli. "It’s a wonderful way for everyone to get together, to reminisce.”