The rain may have cancelled the homecoming parade Friday afternoon, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the Yellow Jacket Nation. After an indoor pep rally, an umbrella-covered homecoming court presentation, and a close game for the first half, the Jackets buzzed ahead to victory.
This district planned a morning pep rally at Meredith Memorial Stadium instead of the usual afternoon spirit session this year. As the rain continued to pour down, the decision to move the pep rally inside was made. The high school and elementary students met in the high school gym and enjoyed several performances, including one from the elementary K-Kids Performance Club. The middle school and primary students met in the middle school gym.
At 2:00, the district cancelled the homecoming parade and fans anxiously awaited the 7:00 start time for the homecoming court presentation. Eight girls braved the drizzle in lovely dresses while their escorts stood sentinel with umbrellas. Senior Calli Mize was named Homecoming Queen, who was immediately congratulated with a kiss from her father.
After a flag ceremony presented by two Boy Scouts and a Girl Scout, the game got underway and a touchdown was scored by Quitman in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter the Yellow Jackets scored a touchdown and the half ended in a tie. Halftime was more subdued as the bands played on the track closest to the press box. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter, but missed the extra point. Mineola quickly replied with their own touchdown and ended the quarter 14-13 in favor of the Jackets. Both teams seemed to ramp up their efforts in the fourth quarter and Quitman scored another touchdown, but the Yellow Jackets ran two touchdowns in quick succession to end the game in a 28-20 victory.