Homecoming Plus a Key Win

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The Babylon Panthers (6-0) celebrated homecoming on Oct. 13 with a convincing 37-8 victory over the previously unbeaten Hampton Bays Baymen.  
    
Babylon, which extended its midseason win streak to six games, gained sole possession of first place in the stacked Suffolk IV conference with a dominating performance that moved the team a half-game ahead of Shoreham-Wading River. The Panthers opened a 30-8 lead by halftime on an 87-yard kickoff touchdown return by Eric Schweitzer and two rushing touchdowns from Luke Zappia. Schweitzer, who rushed 12 times for 94 yards, tacked on a 5-yard rushing touchdown in the third stanza to cap the scoring for Babylon.
    
Prior to the game, hundreds of spectators lined the sidewalks of Deer Park Avenue for the annual homecoming parade. This year, the parade featured the Babylon High School marching band, the cast of the high school production of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” Babylon JV and varsity cheerleaders, the Babylon High School kickline, the Memorial Grade School marching band, Babylon High School’s drama club, over a dozen youth league football players and members of the high school homecoming court.
    
Each class from Babylon High School created unique floats to ride on during the parade, which they designed around this year’s theme of “The Four Elements.” The senior class took home the award for best float with a dazzling creation that featured a wave, a surfboard and sand. In other matters, Patrick Drennan and Caroline Figoski were named homecoming king and queen.
    
This year’s homecoming festivities also included a Chili and Chowder Cook-off to determine which of the 10 participating local restaurants had the best chili and chowder in Babylon Village. Guest judges included Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis, Babylon High School Principal Al Cirone and Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino.