Despite tears and heartbreak after the Porters were defeated in Friday's homecoming game against Center Moriches by a score of 16-3, the community is still filled with pride over the team's success.
Until homecoming, the Porters were on a five-game winning streak.
Joan Heaney Dinizio wrote a letter on Facebook to the boys after the game. The note, she said, "came from the heart. Those guys did so much postiive for the entire town. They've got to know that losing the game does not negate that."
The letter read:
"This is an open letter to the Porter football team: I'm sorry that Center Moriches put an end to your perfect season. I know, as a player, that's heartbreaking and not how you wanted it to be. I saw it in your demeanor as you walked off the field. But, you know what? It's okay. No, seriously, it's okay. Maybe Monday you'll walk out onto that field and practice a little harder and come out a little tougher for your next game.
"Here's what you guys need to know. You brought the entire Town of Southold together. Did you guys get a chance to look at the stands and sidelines before the game? If you didn't, let me tell you something. I have never seen as many fans at a Porter football game as I did tonight, and I've been going to Porter football games for fifty years.
You did that!
People who haven't been to a football game in years, if ever, were suddenly at the Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field to be a part of the excitement. You did that! You made everyone proud to be a Porter Supporter — and you know what else? We're still proud! You did that! You keep those heads held high! Mrs. D."