The first night football game in the history of Coginchaug Regional High School was held Friday, Nov. 10, and the cold could not keep the crowd away.
Hot chocolate sales skyrocketed, the pizza truck drew a crowd just from the heat it was giving off and the band had to move back inside as their instruments started to freeze.
But the crowds stayed, and the boys played.
The evening became an even more special event, as the the home team prepared a special display in honor of Veterans day. The loudspeakers played "God Bless the USA" as the players moved through the fans and down the stadium, an American flag waving over each shoulder.
The boys and cheerleaders then took to the field, where a ceremony was held to pay tribute to several local veterans with ties to the football program.
Then it was game time, and the Coginchaug Hale-Ray squad defeated the Morgan Huskies 42-21 to improve to 5-4.
Coginchaug Hale-Ray’s starting defense played a flawless game, did not let up a score and limited Morgan to under 50 total yards in three quarters of work.
On offense, Patrick Ladas had another big game for Coginchaug Hale-Ray, rushing for over 100 yards behind the physical play of the offensive line. Quarterback Eli Rivera threw five touchdown passes and Anthony Curry caught scoring passes of of 80, 25 and 2 yards. Ryan Genest caught TD passes of 35 and 25 yards.