Moffat County Homecoming a hit |

Moffat County Homecoming a hit

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
From left, Moffat County High School varsity football players Cory Summers, Keith Smith and Homecoming King Matthew Hamilton watch as former Denver Broncos player Rick Upchurch flips the Homecoming game coin. Upchurch was also in Friday's Homecoming parade.
Janelle O’Dea

The Craig community turned out in droves to show their support for Moffat County High School during Friday’s Homecoming activities.

The annual tradition was earlier in the school year to avoid the harsher weather of October, and the sunny September day saw plentiful people hit the sidewalk Friday afternoon for the school’s parade.

The theme “Different Places, Different Faces” could be seen throughout the floats belonging to the MCHS underclassmen, with an outer space motif for the freshmen; a medieval castle, knights and dragon for the sophomores; and the juniors’ jungle, complete with music from “The Lion King,” which helped win the class the Spirit Stick.

Finally, the senior class float featured a bombardment of blue and white to pay tribute to the Moffat County colors.

The school’s marching band, athletes and various groups were joined in the promenade down Victory Way by many local businesses, institutions and individual community members on floats, behind the wheel or on foot, showing their hometown pride, tossing out candy and providing spectators with a lot of fun.

The sensation continued later in the day with the big game against Battle Mountain at the MCHS Bulldog Proving Grounds, with the announcement of Homecoming royalty, with king and queen Matt Hamilton and Aubrey Campbell getting the crowns. Attendants included freshmen Kaden Hafey and McKinley McIntyre; sophomores Eddie Smercina and Karmen Christopher; juniors Connor Knez and Allie Dilldine; and seniors Clayton Moon and Trenci Towner. Teachers Justin Folley and Amy Hansen were named honored faculty, while Marci Marumoto and Grant Jeffcoat were honored alumni.

As kickoff neared, fans in the bleachers beheld some unique sights to cap off the pregame program, as the whirlybird of Classic Lifeguard gave a lift to the MCHS Bulldog mascot complete with the game ball, while Rick Upchurch, a former Denver Bronco and newest member of the team’s Ring of Fame, did the honors of the coin toss.

Likewise, a halftime show and fireworks provided by Moffat County Booster Club kept things going strong.

For MCHS students, the week won’t be officially complete until the Saturday night dance, but for all those past and future Bulldogs, this Homecoming has been one to remember.

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