By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: October 22, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
SURRY – “We have retired teachers come work on floats, working gates, at the game – even some retired staff members still come participate because of their pride in the school,” said principal Wooden of the most popular part of Surry Central’s big homecoming celebration. “All of it is exciting from tailgating at the middle school to everyone being involved with the parade to the homecoming game.”
It was a perfect day for a parade, and the community turned out in droves. There were smiles everywhere as the community cheered and watched their home team, homecoming court and all the returning classes participating up and down the parade route. Perhaps most excited of all were the little ones collecting candy tossed out from the floats and vehicles and even by folks walking in between.
The Cougars weren’t able to pull out a win, but they staged a hard-fought, back and forth game, with Kahorie Batten, Jr. picking up 100 yards rushing and scoring two touchdowns and a two point conversion – sandwiched around going out onto the field at halftime as Mr. Junior.
The highlight of the coronation was when Brandon Drew was crowned Homecoming King and Kamryn Godsey, a Majorette for the Auxiliary, was crowned Homecoming Queen – and promptly rushed back across the field to perform as part of the marching band’s halftime show.
Wooden said that he was particularly proud of how hard all the athletes and band members worked, and added that the next morning the Marching Cougars performed at the Virginia Union homecoming parade – and then went on to win awards that afternoon at the Hopewell HS Band Competition.
“I just would like to thank everyone for making 2019 a success,” he added. “I’d like to thank the staff and faculty and everyone for all their hard work and dedication to making homecoming a success.”