By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The Marco Island Academy football team played their first ever homecoming game against Imagine High School. Thundershowers in the area threatened the start of the game. It was an intense game but many fans in attendance wondered if ‘replacement refs’ were on the field after some questionable calls left coaches and players a bit frustrated. Regardless, the Rays worked the field and although the loss of 42-6 stung, Coach Andy Delgado pledges more hard work will produce a tighter team.
Support for the school, and their football team, was evident on the sidelines and in the stands. Roger Raymond, Athletic Director, called the game from high above the field in a cherry picker, communicating with those down below, like Amber Prange, via handheld radio. Cheerleaders shook pompoms in moves choreographed by coach Lori Galiana. Community spirit energized the crowd.
The first homecoming game was complete with the presentation of the Homecoming Court. Four groups of two students lined up in the field, along with a member. Cheerleaders gave each group a box which was opened by the students. One box included a crown for the king, Nick Dotson, and another a crown for the queen, Ann Marie Grossi. The King and Queen were chosen by their fellow students, part of a weeklong schedule of homecoming activities. The student’s homecoming dance was held at the Marriott the following night.
Photos by Val Simon and Jessica Simon