Adams, Cheshire have Hurricane Fever as Hoosac prepares for D-VIII Super Bowl game

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CHESHIRE — Hoosac Valley football supporters got the opportunity to show their appreciation for the team Wednesday during a meet-and-greet session ahead of Saturday's Division VIII state championship game.

Family members, friends and football fans came out to cheer on their favorite players, as each member of the team got a moment to soak in the applause from the Hurricane faithful.

The event was organized by Hoosac athletic director Molly Meczywor and football coach Dayne Poirot.

After each member was introduced, the players spent time mingling, taking pictures and enjoying the refreshments, just three days ahead of the big game.

"Proud cannot describe the feeling when you walk in the hallway," Meczywor said to the crowd before the player introductions. "When you walk down the hallway, and you see teachers giving high-fives, and you see the kids with the posters. They're talking about the game, they're excited about Gillette, it's just a really, really cool feeling."

The showing of support represents the outpouring of school spirit within the community. Adams, Cheshire and Savoy are experiencing a case of Hurricane football fever and the students are enjoying the symptoms.

"It's a really good feeling," Hoosac senior and student athletic leadership council member Briana Lancia said. "The community really needs to come together right now, especially for the boys. This is really good for them. They're really excited. It's my senior year and it's a lot of the boys' senior years. I think this is a big deal for them.

"The community all getting together shows the support in our community and the support for our boys."

Lancia said the entire school is buzzing in anticipation of the game. She added that she plans on making the trip to Foxborough on Saturday, where she'll likely be part of a large group of fans cheering on the team and sporting the school colors.

Students and teachers alike have noticed the excitement around the team. English teacher Nancy Pedercini-Acquista has several football players in homeroom and her English class. She said she enjoys talking to the players about the game because it's a way for her to learn more about the sport. She added that watching how well they interact with each other shows the positive aspects of being part of a team.

"I teach [grades] 10, 11 and 12 so I have a lot of football players," she said. "Their energy is just amazing. They're just good to each other. There's a sense of community and you just don't have that everywhere. I think our sports teams at Hoosac really brings that out in kids."

While the positivity around the football team seems to be at an all-time high, Pedercini-Acquista said the Hoosac Valley community has always done a great job embracing all of its athletic squads.

"I grew up in Adams, I went to Hoosac Valley, came back to teach here — that has never changed in my whole life," she said. "I believe it's just something maybe about living in a valley, feeling enclosed. It's like a giant hug. ... We can all gather around and celebrate in really uncertain times.

"This makes us happy. It keeps the boys going, it keeps other people going. ... That's the bright spot in your day, especially as a teacher. I love the buzz in the hallways."

Akeem Glaspie can be reached at, at @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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