Oct. 7 was an exciting day that included a pep rally, fundraiser, carnival and triumphant 2016 Long Beach High School Homecoming football game. The Marines took on the Manhasset Indians during an action-packed match that ended in a 34-13 victory for Long Beach.

Fans showed their community and school spirit as they sported blue and white and cheered for the home team from the stands at Veterans Field. The band and cheerleaders provided enthusiastic entertainment and kept the energy strong.

The evening game featured a halftime show provided by the marching band, cheerleaders and color guard. Ali Thursland and Govinda Thomas were crowned 2016 Queen and King. As a continuation of a much-enjoyed tradition, youth football players were invited to join the Bulldog mascot for a race between the goalposts.

The annual Homecoming carnival, sponsored by the high school’s Student Government Organization, was held in the middle school gymnasium prior to kickoff and during the game. High school students, staff members and other volunteers ran an assortment of amusements for all ages and sold refreshments.

Earlier in the day, an afternoon pep rally was held at the high school’s Alumni Field and featured the introduction of teams, Class Olympic challenges and other activities. Attendees enjoyed a preview of the halftime extravaganza as all of the performers presented their routines. As a special component to this year’s pep rally, students and faculty members provided donations for a push back cancer challenge in support of student Valeria Catrambone. Through the efforts of the Student Organization, volunteer participants completed push-ups to symbolize resilience and a non-quitting spirit.