With summer still in the air, the stands at Commack High School were filled to capacity with students, parents, and community members on Sept. 23, when the Commack Cougars took to the field for the annual homecoming game.
Commack, fueled by Adam Ostrowski’s 65 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, soared past the Brentwood Indians, 25-6.
The Cougars jumped on the board early as Ostrowski ran home a five-yard score to put the Cougars up 6-0. Kicker Sal Davi tacked on the extra point to give Commack a 7-0 lead.
Ostrowski scored again on a seven-yard run, and Davi added another extra point, to put the Cougars ahead, 14-0, to close the first quarter.
Commack’s defense forced a safety in the second quarter to expand the lead to 16-0.
Brentwood tried to climb back into the game in the third quarter with a touchdown and failed extra point that cut the Cougars’ lead to 16-6. However, Davi kicked a 27-yard field goal to put Commack up by 13.
Then, in the fourth quarter, quarterback Brendan McCaffery connected on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Logan Tobias that put the game out of reach. Tobias finished the game with three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Commack was slated to face Ward Melville on Wednesday after deadline. The Cougars are then scheduled to welcome William Floyd on Oct. 7, 3 p.m.
Cougars Roar With School Spirit
However, the homecoming festivities began before the game.
A parade led by our Commack Cougarettes, Kickline, and Cheerleaders, and accompanied by the high school Marching Band, marched through the streets.
The Homecoming Court arrived in fashionable style atop convertibles, and the freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors displayed their TV-themed banners, which included takes on “Spiderman,” “Survivor,” “Friends” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It was later announced during halftime of the game that the seniors won the competition.
Commack’s youngest athletes, honor societies, and clubs also paraded up Townline Road to the high school.
Alumni of Distinction honored this year included Commack graduates John W. Barry, Suffolk deputy police commissioner; Dr. Scott Leibowitz; and Jeanne Martin.
CHS Principal Leslie Boritz said, “It is with great pride that we induct you, with gratitude for all that you have done for Commack and for society, and we honor you as models for all learners.”
The game’s halftime show sported a “Party in the USA” theme, with cheerleaders wowing the crowd, and the Cougarettes and marching band commanding the field with a musical and dance performance.
Seniors DonoVaughn Tulloch and Lauren Sabatino were crowned homecoming king and queen.