By Allen Hamrick
It was homecoming night for the Panthers Friday as they were pitted against the Webster Highlanders for the showdown. The Panthers came in with all their weapons blazing and absolutely nothing to lose. This game would not be a tough one for the Panthers, but after the shellacking they got against Liberty Raleigh, the Panthers were ready to throw some weight around. They did not let that loss get them down but used it as a learning opportunity. One could see at the onset of the game that the Panthers were not about to lay down their arms and surrender. It was a good game to have a little fun and go on a feeding frenzy as they held class on how to play football.
The defense dominated the field holding the Highlanders to zero. Meanwhile, the offense simply pounded its way through the Highlander line and scored a whopping 79 points. When the mercy towel was finally thrown in and the beating ended, it was the Panthers on top by the score of 79-0.
Stats for the game include: Grant Krajeski threw 12-16 for 257 yards and five TD’s, surpassing the all time CCHS Career passing yards. There were 596 total yards – 269 passing and 327 yards rushing on 19 carries for a 17 yard average. Most all of the running backs had TD’s as well as most of the receivers. BJ Williams had two TD’s running the ball, carrying seven times for 101 yards. Riley Perkins ran a fumble recovery in for the only defensive TD of the game. Andrew Adkins also had two TD’s and received 101 yards. It was the school record for points scored in a game, but it was a game that well over 100 points could have been possible as Webster is in the process of rebuilding. The Panthers will play this week on Thursday night instead of Friday as they also had to find a new game. They will be playing against East Fairmont, and, hopefully, the Panthers can come out with a win.
Football wasn’t the only game on the field Friday night. It was time for local royalty to stroll through the chilly air in all their glory. It was a perfect evening for the half time festivities. Yep, you guessed it, it was a queen’s night and time to crown the new football homecoming queen of CCHS.
The CCHS cheerleaders lined up in formation to welcome the new queen to the field to the applause of cheering fans. The 2020 homecoming queen, Miss Erin Kay Mullins, along with her court, graced the football field and with enthusiasm accepted the crown as CCHS principal Crystal Gibson placed it on her head. She will no doubt be a queen that represents the school well. Her escort, Colton Pritt, held the responsibility of being the queen’s bodyguard as she strode across the field with confidence and beauty. Congratulations to Queen Erin Kay Mullins and the rest of her court. The court included Freshman Princess Maggie Smith escorted by Jamison Bodkins, Sophomore Princess Autumn Hamrick escorted by Ryan Sizemore, Junior Princess Kylee Keener escorted by Owen Bass, and Senior Princess Lexie Truman escorted by Grant Krajeski. The court represented their school and families splendidly. Once again, congratulations to the queen and her court.