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Powder puff, parade, bonfire highlight Homecoming revelries

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By Sharon Graves

Fans saw tackling, shoving, penalties and players and coaches thrown out of the game – and it was only the powder puff football game that is a perennial favorite of the students and the players.

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Homecoming week has always had a lot of fun activities and this year was no different.  Daily students had the chance to dress crazy for school with different themes every day.  Wednesday was the Powder Puff football game where the juniors beat the freshman classes 8-0 and the seniors defeated the sophomores 6-0 leading up to the final game of the juniors versus the seniors.

The preliminary games leading up to the final were relatively mild, but pride and fatigue took over as the seniors went down in defeat 6-0, but not without a fight – literally.

The girls typically only practice one or two times before the big games, but Carroll County has some great athletes and their prowess showed on the field.  

Sarah Osborne, Marissa Brindley, Brooke Boles  and Jenna Goff for the seniors were sure footed and determined to move the ball downfield. Juniors Jill Butcher, Kyndal Curry, Tasha Hunter and Haley Damron each added to the junior victory as they worked hard to get the ball into the end zone.  

In overtime on a play drawn up by parent/coach Greg Damron, the juniors lined up on offense and showed they intended to pass and then dropped back for a run, caught the seniors off guard while Haley Damron took the ball across. The point after touchdown was unsuccessful when Stacie McArter pulled the flag of ball carrier Curry but the juniors had enough on the board to win over the seniors.

The seniors had one more chance in the overtime period to put points on the board with the clock winding down and four downs to go.  It wasn’t to be and as the whistle blew a jubilant junior class had bragging rights for the year.

The final game got a little rough with a lot of pushing, shoving and trash talking, and the refs, police chief Mike Willhoite, officer Tim Gividen and soccer coach Ben Crutcher had to bring all combatants and their coaches onto the field in an attempt to cool off some of the anger boiling to the surface.  Principal John Leeper took the students coaches off to one side to encourage them to also let cooler heads prevail.

In the end, everyone lined up to shake hands and get on with the homecoming celebrations.

Thursday was the parade and bonfire and the revelry continued into the evening.  The football team climbed aboard three fire trucks at the middle school and made their way, sirens blaring to Highland Avenue and on to the high school.  Following them were floats by the cheerleaders and individual classes, followed by the homecoming court and king and queen candidates riding atop open convertibles.

The procession made their way to the high school where a massive pile of wood was set ablaze while music coming from large outdoor speakers played and students joined in a giant line dance.  Some students tossed a football around, cheerleaders were doing gymnastic tricks and others were sitting on the grass or on tailgates of pickup trucks.

The party was a great affirmation that in small town America home and high school friends are important and these students made memories they will look back on for a life time.