Parents decorated the bleachers with ribbons and balloons, and several hand-held posters were displayed throughout the day. The cheerleaders combined their talents to provide spectacular half-time entertainment in preparation for the cheer competition, which took place at Great America the following day.
And of course there was football, as the teams from the Blue Division faced off against the White Division squads for Patriot Pride.
Starts Blue 35, Starts White 19
Starts Blue Dylan Scott scored five times, mostly behind the stellar blocking of fullback Jerry Batchelor. Defensively, the Blue team had its hands full trying to corral the White squad's Camron McLean. However, Blue defenders Jett and Jordan Stanley, Joseph Hudson and Zachary Slate were around the ball all day, and managed to hold the White team in check. McLean scored twice for the Starts White, and quarterback Dominic Pedro completed several passes, including one to Michael Weisenberg that nearly went the distance.
Rookies White 18, Rookies Blue 7
Kyle Trego led the White team with 95 rushing yards and two long touchdown runs behind the pivotal blocking of center Sammy Bell. The Patriots White squad was able to control the ball for several long drives, keeping the potent Blue team offense off the field. Darius Scott and Shane Goodwin filled in admirably for the injury-depleted White team's offensive line. The White defense was outstanding, with strong play from defensive end Xavier Macias and tackle Dom Morrison. Linebackers Conor Green, Kevin Milam and Bryce Oliver were the game's leading tacklers for the White squad, which remains unbeaten.
JV White 25, JV Blue 7
Anthony Zamora took advantage of a fumble recovery in the first quarter to put the White Pats on the board first. A punt blocked by linebacker Hunter Capps and recovery by teammate Nick Betschart set up quarterback Matt Moser for the second White squad touchdown. Patriot Blue tailback Andrew Topetti countered with a 60-yard run, and the PAT pass completion by quarterback Bryan Wargo narrowed the score to 12-7 just before halftime. Capps, Jose Torres, Tanner Winton, Evan Hamblin and Thomas Carpino shut down the Blue running game in the fourth quarter, while Moser, with two interceptions on the night, and Dante Nomellini took care of the air traffic.
Varsity White 36, Varsity Blue 0
Patriots Varsity White captured its sixth win of the season against the Delta Patriots Varsity Blue squad, as Shawn Vasquez scored three touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards. Malik Watson scored a touchdown on a one-yard quarterback sneak for a first-half lead. Blue quarterback Angel Ramirez and running backs James Bruno and Darrius Sasser had solid offensive games, while James Marouche, Andrew Penrod and Joshua Chinn stood out for the defense.