By Janee Law
The Harborfields football team rang in the new school year with a 33-7 homecoming win over Kings Park on Saturday.
“It’s amazing when the students can celebrate a great football victory with homecoming,” coach Rocco Colucci said. “Harborfields is a great community and the school has great school spirit. We have the best fans on Long Island.”
The Tornadoes put up 21 points in the first half, jumping out to a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Senior running back Jimmy Bifulco ran for 152 yards on 21 times and scored four touchdowns. His first touchdown came at the end of a 38-yard run.
Chris Savaglio, a senior running back who also plays defense for Harborfields, led the defensive effort with an interception, eight solo tackles and three assisted tackles.
Meanwhile, junior running back Thomas Sangiovanni scored Harborfields’ first touchdown of the 2017-2018 season at the end of a 15-yard run.
Competing in Suffolk League III, the Tornadoes are now 1-0 on the season. They’re set to travel to Rocky Point on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff against the Eagles.
“Our goal is to improve from last year, to take our game to the next level, which would be making the playoffs and winning the Long Island championship,” Colucci said. “That’s every team’s goal at the beginning of the season.”
Colucci said nearly 1,000 fans came out to Saturday’s game. Cheerleaders, the marching band and kickline worked together to warm up the crowd before the Tornadoes took the field.
The weeklong homecoming celebrations included pep rally on Friday, when seniors Sam Iglesias and Laura Davis were crowned homecoming king and queen.
Students from each class participated in the float competition; this year’s theme was music. In grade order, themes included electronic, jazz, country, and rock. During the parade, each float collected donations from the crowd to fund research for childhood cancer.