Football Homecoming: tradition continues at CCHS

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Several Homecoming events are lined up for the week of Sept. 28, and the students and staff of the Carroll County School District would love to see a big community turnout for all of them.

Festivities kick off on Tuesday with the NCKC cross country conference meet, which will be held at General Butler State Resort Park. The girls’ varsity race will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the boys’ varsity race to follow at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the annual class Powderpuff football tournament will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Carroll County High School Athletic Complex. For the tournament, each high school grade forms a girls’ flag football team.  The seniors’ team sponsor will draw for an opponent from the other three grades. The two remaining teams will play the first game at 6:45 p.m. The seniors will play their opponent after the first game is over. The winners of the first two games will then play for the Powderpuff title. Each Powderpuff team has coaching help from faculty members. The coaches help the teams develop a game strategy, create plays and recruit team members.

The annual Homecoming bonfire will be held the same night as the Powderpuff tournament. The fire will be lit at 9 p.m. or as soon as the final game of the Powderpuff tournament is over.

The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Point Park. The parade will consist of the Carroll County Honor Guard, the Carroll County High School Band, a float from each school, the high school cheerleaders and the football team. The parade route will start at Point Park and will travel down Highland Avenue to Cartmell Elementary before ending at the high school.

Also on Thursday evening, the girls’ volleyball team will be hosting Owen County, and the boys’ soccer team will be hosting Simon Kenton.

Friday’s football game will begin at 7:30 p.m. with some special events to be held beforehand. At 6:50 p.m., there will be a special inaugural first kick for the new Carroll County High School Athletic Complex. The Homecoming court ceremony will begin at 7:05 p.m., and the Carroll County Panthers will take the field at 7:25 p.m.

“As always, we are very excited about the annual Homecoming celebration,” coordinator Mollie Shirley said. “Seeing all of the alumni come out to support our athletic teams, to celebrate at the bonfire and to view the parade makes Homecoming special for our students. They work very hard, and we appreciate all of the community support that we receive.”

Each year brings some minor changes to the order of Homecoming events, but one thing remains the same: tradition. It is a way for students to interact with and to participate in the life of the community. Today’s students are tomorrow’s alumni, who will go on to support the next generation of Carroll County Panthers.

“Homecoming is such a special time,” Shirley said. “We have a great group of students who would love to see the community rally around them during Homecoming week.”


Carl Roberts is director of public relations for Carroll County Public Schools.