PESH Homecoming Coronates at Kimbrough
Kimbrough Stadium in Murphy started to fill early in anticipation of tradition, ceremony and continuing the panther winning ways this season. Front row seating was at a premium in the student section as experienced seniors knew that hanging their body length mums from the front railing was preferable to the ache that comes from cheering with the excess weight around one’s neck. Receivers and quarterbacks were on the field well before the front row was gobbled up, eager to see their undefeated season march forward. The eventual appearance of formal gowns and high heels on the infield track confirmed for Kimbrough that the evening was shaping up to be special.
With kickoff scheduled for 7pm, the regular team warmups were interrupted with the announcement of this year’s homecoming court. The nominees for this years King and Queen were each escorted to mid field by their parents and greeted by the applause of the growing crowd. Cheers for each were loud, but as with any announcement based on a popular vote, volume gave some clues to who would be crowned. Long Nguyen, escorted by his mom, drew overwhelmingly loud cheers during introductions only to be outdone by his announcement as this year’s Homecoming King. The Queen’s court, however, left the crowd suspenseful with who might be announced. The honor went to Tanai Winston, escorted by her beaming parents.
The band, color guard, honor guard, and homecoming court cleared the field to provide pregame introductions to this year’s cheerleaders and drill team. Seats were filling rapidly for player introductions as the Kimbrough crowd anticipated the clash between the 4-0 Panthers and the visiting undefeated opponents from Prosper.
The Panthers delivered early on the desires of their eager fans, scoring twice in the first quarter. Prosper never quite found their footing on offense in the first half. With Plano East in position to control the clock in the 2nd half of play, the small offensive surge from Prosper never amounted to any real threat to the Panther lead. Panthers improved to 5-0 with their 26-14 Homecoming victory and now look forward to their much anticipated matchup against Allen HS after a bye week.
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