During Homecoming week, the majority of students and faculty were bursting with school spirit, participating heavily in the activities like dress-up days, a bonfire, pep assembly and homecoming parade.
Sports also play a huge role in homecoming and the bulldogs always were donning blue and white as they took on a fun-packed week where students, parents and faculty found themselves glowing.
Moffat County High School Student Council supervisor Evan Gaffney said he was glad to see so many teachers join in on the fun. He was among the staff members clad in blue overalls, yellow T-shirt and a hard hat as one of the minions from “Despicable Me” as part of Thursday’s Pixar Day.
He added that this year’s implementation of a point system among the four grades to determine which class did the most during the week was a friendly competition that let freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all outdo themselves in good cheer.
“We don’t have a lot to compare it to, since this is the first year, but I think a lot more of them are dressing up and doing stuff,” he said.
Part of the points had to do with joining in the pep assembly and float building.
Freshmen Christa Bird, Pearl Wyman, Ulises Silva and Ben Pugh were among those hard at work during the week assembling their class float, staying with the Disney theme and their given subject matter of princes and princesses by paying homage to “Beauty and the Beast.”
“I like being able to be a part of this and say, ‘Hey, I made that’ and hang out with people after school,” Bird said. “You get to bond a lot with kids.”
Everyone who attended the float-building sessions were busy, even if they were only able to make it for one night.
“I haven’t really been here most of the week because of soccer, but it’s cool because you get to miss school Friday and then there’s the dance on Saturday,” Silva said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Every homecoming week is a big one for the athletes at Moffat County High School, and 2013 was no different. The Moffat County fall sports teams produced mixed results throughout the week but finished strong.
The boys soccer team led off the week with a 5-0 loss to Roaring Fork on Monday, while the volleyball team lost a heartbreaker to Rifle in five sets Tuesday. Both those games doubled as senior day for the teams, as coaches and fans celebrated the careers of those playing their last home game as a Bulldog.
The football C team also played Tuesday, picking up a win at home against Steamboat Springs, 38-0. The C team is 7-1 on the year, with two games to play.
On Friday, the girls cross-country team won the 3A Region 1 meet, beating out Pagosa Springs and Bayfield in an extremely tight regional. They scored 39 points, to beat out Pagosa (40) and Bayfield (42).
The boys cross-country team took eighth at the regional, with all sophomores and freshmen running. Each of the six racing Friday set a personal-best time of the year.
Finally Friday night, the varsity football team hosted Montezuma-Cortez before a near-capacity crowd.
The Bulldogs lost, 41-21, and their record now is 1-7.
Homecoming Week was one to remember beyond the sidelines as well. Traditions of macho volleyball and powder puff football carried on, while old favorites, such as a pep assembly at school Friday and fireworks during the football game halftime made their return to the high school.
Lack of entertainment was not an issue at homecoming. Despite the creative costumes, students were able to partake in a bonfire Thursday night. It not only warmed cold bones, but it also enhanced the Bulldog spirit.
At roughly 9 p.m., Craig Fire/Rescue ignited a huge bonfire behind the high school. It blazed into the air as school band members played upbeat tunes for their fellow students.
On Friday afternoon, the entire town lined Victory Way to watch the Homecoming Parade that was as big, extravagant and filled with blue and white.
Kids who weren’t in the parade cheered on the sidelines with their hair spray-painted blue and white — many had Bulldog paw prints painted on their cheeks.
It was a great time had by the entire community, and it elevated how important Moffat County School District is to Craig and Moffat County.