Ward Melville Patriots Take Home the Win at the Annual Homecoming Game


Sydney Tasman, Staff Writer

With the crisp fall air finally settling in, the weekend of September 24th was the perfect time for Ward Melville High School’s annual Homecoming game.  The morning carnival before the big game was hopping with people. Laughter and excitement filled the air as families in the community and kids from all of the district’s schools came together to enjoy carnival games, blow up houses, relays and — of course — food venders.  The pep rally that took place ninth period Friday before the game, outside on the Ward Melville football field, was crucial to the enthusiasm throughout the day.  This was the first time in a few years that Ward Melville has had a real pep rally outside, and with the performances of the marching band, the cheerleaders, and the grand introduction of the varsity football team, the students had high hopes for the upcoming game.

At the game, the bleachers and standing areas were packed to the max with fans and the spirit was high for the Ward Melville football team.  The energy of the fans was lifted even more when, on the opening kick-off, Johnny Corpac returned it with a touchdown — his second for this season.  As his teammates on the sideline ran down to field to cheer him on, the crowd was on their feet cheering and clapping as loud as possible.  This definitely set the pace for the game. Wesley Manning, the football team’s Quarterback, had two touchdown passes and helped Ward Melville beat Pat Med 35 – 22.  Other touchdowns were scored by Nick Messina (3 TDs) and Eddie Munoz (1 TD).  It was a great end to the homecoming game on this beautiful fall day, and a very successful beginning of the season for the Ward Melville Patriots football team.