By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Homecoming 2018 was a huge success for Johnson County on the football field. It was also a great success in many other ways. The stadium had several alumni who came back to be a part of the festivities. Young and old could be found all around the stadium wearing their maroon and white attire. The homecoming week began on Monday, but planning has been going on for several weeks. Casey Southerland, a teacher at the high school, is in her sixth year of overseeing it. She touched on how the game and date was decided.
“We always try and pick a date against a team that we can get all our fans inside,” said Southerland. “We want it to be on a night where you don’t have a lot of out of town people.”
The planning stages helped because Paul McEwen Stadium was a season of maroon during the ceremonies.,Jada Gentry was crowned homecoming queen for 2018. Chloe Capps was selected as the underclassmen princess. Savannah Bumgardner was tabbed as the senior princess.
“All the girls worked so hard,” said Southerland about the field. “We have so many people who have made this possible. Farmers State Bank had the tailgating party and served hot dogs and had the live radio feed. Johnson County Bank is always supporting the cause too with a free tee shirt and lots of other stuff. I’m always amazed as to how our community pulls together. They always rally to make homecoming a special event.”
The week kicked off with several things chosen by the student body to do by way of voting. Dress up day started out the week along with America Day and Pajama Day. Stoplight day was the clincher. It was like an old Sadie Hawkins dance where if someone wore green they were available. Wearing yellow meant that they could be looking. The youth league football players and cheerleaders were part of the homecoming parade that included the junior high football team and cheerleaders. The parade started at First Baptist Church and ended at the high school.
Katie McCulloch along with Capps represented the freshmen class as homecoming queen contestants. Cindy Jones and Sadie Stout were tabbed for the sophomore class. Sydney Souder and Isabella Furchess represented the junior class. Renie Morrow stood tall for the senior class along with Bumgardner and Gentry who were tabbed as princess and homecoming queen respectively.
But not everything involved beautiful dresses, a parade or the football game. Some of the best food ever could be found cooking high above the football field. Longhorn fans enjoying tailgating and Friday’s participants went the extra mile.
The grills were fired up, and the smokers were smoking. Nathan Winters and his tailgating crew treated me to some delicious ribs and world-famous baked beans. More offers came from various tents, but even a stomach like mine can only hold so much. I’m trying to watch my figure. Five chicken wings, three ribs, baked beans, and a dessert equals 10 pounds for me, so I skipped the dessert. Homecoming is unique for many reasons.
These are just a few of them.