MHS celebrates annual homecoming weekend

STAFF WRITER Sameeksha Panda

MHS celebrated its annual homecoming week from Sept. 20-24. The week featured spirit days, a dance at Elmwood Park Zoo, a pep rally, a homecoming court, a marching band performance and a football game.  

The Friday pep rally started with a performance by the marching band and color guard. Next, fall athletic teams were recognized in front of their peers in the Sports Appreciation Walk along the track. 

After the parade of athletes, the pep rally games kicked off, featuring an egg relay race, a wheelbarrow relay and a tug of war. Ninth grade won the egg competition while the sophomores wheelbarrowed to victory. The juniors took home the tug of war title; however, 11th graders lost the pep rally finale: a tug of war with the faculty. 

The fun and festivities of the pep rally continued at the tailgate, about two hours prior to kickoff. The event featured a buffet, face painting, and corn hole. Raffle tickets went on sale as well, highlighting prizes from gift cards to a free lunch purchased by the principal.

As the tailgate continued, the time for the highly anticipated crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen finally came. The Homecoming Court, announced earlier that day, included freshmen Bella Catania and Theo Baker, sophomores Ava Cingiser and Anthony Daddazio, and juniors Sofia D’Ortone and Steven Kent, and newly crowned Homecoming Queen Reese Koch, as well as co-Homecoming Kings Troy Kleger and Enrico Cifelli, joined them for their celebratory walk around the stadium.

That evening, the football team headed into the game with a 3-1 record. The Warriors found themselves in a 13-0 hole at halftime against Norristown.

During halftime, the marching band played spirited songs to the theme “Nine” while the state ranked MHS cheerleaders pepped the crowd with their routines, helping revive the crowd atmosphere.

The boost in crowd morale filtered to the MHS Warriors, who adjusted and scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. Senior Daniel Brandi made a 45 yard rush and a 21- yard out completion into the endzone to score two touchdowns. He later faked a handoff and threw a 30-yards pass to receiver Jake Chapman to score a third touchdown during the final quarter. 

With the win, the MHS Warriors upped their record to 4-1 on the season. They will next travel to Owen J. Roberts in Pottstown, PA to encounter the Wildcats in a Pioneer – Liberty outing on Friday, Oct. 1.