Homecoming Tailgate: Sports Events Back in Business


Eric Xie

Students and parents gather across Town Square as the Tailgate kicks off in the late afternoon

Izzy De Leon

With Sage in-person sports back up and running, the second big football game of the year was a success! The varsity football team won their homecoming game against Southlands Christian 56-0 on October 1 with Danyel Khan and Steven Karahalios each scoring two touchdowns, and Nick Neal, Dylan Williams, Johnny Mayhew, and Aidan Raymer each scoring one. As a highly anticipated event on campus, especially due to having no homecoming in 2020 with COVID restrictions, the pre-game tailgate was a success with many parents, family members, staff, faculty, and students in attendance. The student section was packed with students wearing green and black, the theme for the night. Sage provided food trucks with ice cream from Atomic Creamery, a local business, pizza, tacos, and free popcorn for students in Sage attire. The Synergy Dance Team also performed at halftime, their second performance of the day after the pep rally. 

For the football team’s senior night celebration, seniors Nick Neal and Dylan Williams were highlighted in their achievements on campus and with their involvement on the football team throughout their four years at Sage. Nick Neal and Dylan Williams are also team captains alongside junior Ty Mazakas, who describes the football season as “going really great this year,” even though they “struggled in week two against Chadwick with [their] first loss, but bounced back better than before.” Mazakas also explains how the football players “are all having fun and…enjoying winning.”

The tailgate and game were a great way to end spirit week, which was also a success, highlighted by the Student Council Instagram account, @sagestuco. Monday was pajama day, Tuesday was no backpack day, Wednesday was jersey day, Thursday was groovy day, and Friday was class shirt day for the pep rally, which was won by the juniors. With the second big dance the next day (the first being the Back to School dance at the beginning of the year), seeing all the students in attendance was a great representation of the campus’s rejuvenated school spirit. After such a tough year, it is exciting to see how connected our community has become.