The long passes always caught. The break-away runs. The game-breaking tackles and interceptions.
They were all discussed, with some being plays 30 year before as Lely High alums got together for a football cookout, sponsored by Foxboro Sports tavern. Landy Padin, assistant football coach, was the coordinator.
Steven Octavien was supposed to be there. He was being honored by the school for being the first Lely football player to make the pros, playing defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys. He couldn’t make the event because of mini-camp, but his parents, Philmene and Estafan, accepted a plaque and football jersey, which will be hung in a showcase at the school, along with other memorabilia.
Chris Fowler and Rick Hanscom of Macro were there, reminiscing about the 1979 season.
Fowler has his own thoughts about Octavien.
“My discus record lasted more than 20 years until Octavien broke it,” he said with a laugh.
Culmer St. Jean, who led Lely to its decisive win over Naples in 2005, was on hand. He plays defensive back for the University of Wisconsin.
There was a good turnout from the 2007 team, which included Dado Michel, Mike O’Regan, Justo Vasquez, Mike Jean and Marek Molcan.
O’Regan, quarterback, is playing football at Assumption College, in Worcester, Mass. Michel, a wide receiver, is playing at Jacksonville College, while Vasquez, a speedy wide receiver at Lely, is playing basketball for Florida Atlantic University.
Padin was pleased with the turnout and looks forward to next year.