The Newtown High football team will wear special green jerseys in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School when it takes the field for its first home game of the season against Bethel on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Blue and Gold Stadium.
It is sure to be an emotional night on many levels.
“I’m definitely looking forward to that, especially because it’s our Sandy Hook game,” said junior wide receiver and defensive back Julian Dunn following the Nighthawks’ 26-7, season-opening win at Pomperaug on Friday. That’s going to make it even more special of a night. And Bethel is a good team, which also makes it that much better. We have to come out and prepare hard this week.”
The Nighthawks are also wearing decals with the number 26 on their helmets to commemorate the number of innocent lives taken that tragic day last December.
Newtown, predicted by many to contend for the SWC title this year, opened with a big win over rival Pomperaug, scoring all 26 of its points in the first half. Dunn caught two touchdown passes and made a key fourth-quarter interception to help seal the victory.
While the potent Nighthawk offense showed glimpses of greatness, coach Steve George knows his team is capable of much more.
“We can play a lot better that… We have a lot of work to do,” he said afterward.
The Nighthawks will host a Bethel team that dropped its season opener at Barlow on Friday, 24-14. Quarterback Joey Piatnik – a standout on the Wildcats’ indoor and outdoor track teams when he is not calling the signals on the gridiron – ran for both Bethel touchdowns.