SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Tigers didn’t seem to miss a beat with game preparations for Saint Joes on Friday night. Coach Cassio’s crew out played St. Joes on both sides of the ball defeating St. Joes 29-7. The Tigers on the field, in the band and in the stands also made sure to prepare and give proper tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice 14 years ago on September 11th.
“Leading up to the game everyone involved with the program felt we needed to do something special to recognize 911,” said South Plainfield head coach Gary Cassio. “Thursday night we showed the players the helmets with the American Flag on the Tigers’ logo, and the kids really loved it. They just really responded.”
South Plainfield coach Lloyd McNelly painted the American Flag on the 50 yardline. God Bless America was painted in both endzones.
The Tigers made sure before any games were played there would be a moving remembrance. Patriotism was on display everywhere to commemorate the event. Prior to the game, all fans in attendance received a small American flag. The South Plainfield squad took the field with special red, white and blue helmet decals.
The American Legion Honor Guard presented the colors at midfield while the South Plainfield High School Marching Band played God Bless America following The Star Spangled Banner. “It was such an honor to have the American Legion on the field,” said Cassio.
“It was just an amazing night,” said Cassio. “Everyone stepped up and did their jobs. Lloyd, Harry and his guys that take care of the field, Al Czech, the band, just everyone made the night special. All that was missing was a flyover, but there’s always next year."