By Andrew Wroblewski
Walt Whitman’s football stadium stands were packed with maroon Saturday afternoon for the Wildcats' annual homecoming festivities and game.
While the Wildcats ultimately fell to Sachem North, 41-26, in the game, spirits remained high in the stands and on campus.
The annual parade preceded the game, as students, staff, administrators and community members marched through the streets to Walt Whitman High School.
The Wildcats found themselves playing from behind early as Sachem North got out to a 21-0 halftime lead.
During the break there were several performances, including those by the Walt Whitman Marching Band and Dance Team.
However, the Wildcats fired back to open up the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns.
First wide receiver Leevon Black hauled in an 18-yard touchdown toss from quarterback Quinn O’Hara, who later threw another touchdown pass, this time for 19 yards, to put Whitman within striking distance.
Sachem North responded with two scores of its own, though, to extend its lead to 34-14 entering the final stanza. The Flaming Arrows opened up the fourth quarter with another touchdown, putting the game seemingly out of reach.
Whitman, however, did attempt to mount a comeback, scoring twice before the game came to an end, ultimately losing 41-26.
The loss in their final game of the season dropped the Wildcats to 2-6. Whitman’s victories this season came against Brentwood on Sept. 8 and Central Islip on Sept. 27.