TORI J NORRIS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
The Tigers ended a great week of Homecoming festivities with a 49-16 win over the 2A Jaguars of Barbour County.
The McKenzie Tigers, who wore their all gold uniforms for the first time in three years, proved to be golden when they left the field after the first half with a 30-0 lead over the Jaguars.
“We came out early and were able to get a few turnovers on defense that we were able to score on,” said Head Coach Tony Norris. “During halftime, we talked about staying focused through the rest of the game and that we did not get comfortable with our lead.”
During the third quarter, the Jaguars were able to score two touchdowns. However, the Tigers would not allow anymore during the game and ended the game victorious, increasing their record to 5-1.
“Homecoming is a different kind of week,” said Coach Norris. “There are a lot of distractions that go on, but I am glad they kept their focus and were able to produce on the field.”
Homecoming week at McKenzie was enjoyed by all. Each day, students and faculty dressed up according to the theme of the day, which included colors, favorite college team, character day, neon/tie dye day and Spirit Day.
Friday was a busy day for the school with both a pep rally and parade prior to the football game. During the pep rally, the varsity football players and cheerleaders were joined by the Pee Wee Association players and cheerleaders. The homecoming court was announced and there was a relay race for representatives from grades third through twelfth.
The parade, which had over 30 entries, was one of the longest parades McKenzie has hosted. Grades ninth through twelfth were judged on their floats. First place was awarded to the ninth grade with their “Finding Nemo” themed float, “Just Keep Winning.” The seniors came in second place with their “Spongebob” themed float “We’re Ready, We’re ready.”
During halftime of the football game, the homecoming court was presented. Joining the court on the field, were kindergarten representatives selected by each court member. Senior Ashley Lynch was chosen as the 2016 Homecoming Queen.
McKenzie returns to region play this week when they will travel to Kinston on Friday night. “This is going to be another region game that we need to win, to be able to do what we want to do,” said Coach Norris. “We need to win this game to help secure a place in the playoffs.”