The Varsity Football Team took to the turf on Friday, Sept. 9, for their season opener against the Vertus Warriors. The Hornell Red Raiders wore new jerseys as a “Salute to Service” and in memory of 9/11. The back of their jerseys read “Never Forget” with the emblem of the Hornell Police and Fire Departments on either shoulder.
“The Hornell Football program has a proud tradition of supporting alumni that choose to serve their community and country through military service or as a first responder,” said Coach Erik Warrner.”The jerseys we wore were meant to honor all the men and women that serve in the military and in our police, fire and ambulance companies. We also want to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives serving us. Having the game so close to the anniversary of 9/11 gave more weight to those sacrifices.”
The game started with the varsity cheerleaders and youth football cheerleaders holding American Flags as the youth league football players led the Varsity team onto the field. Representatives from the Police and Fire Departments were in attendance.
The Red Raider Marching Band played the National Anthem and debuted their 2022 halftime show. Seniors Trey Woolwine (trumpet) & Tenille Cotton (color guard) had feature solos.
The Hornell Red Raiders won 19 to 14.