By Madison Kitch
On Thursday, October 21, the Coronado Cougars won 34-6 against the Sierra Vista Mountain Lions. That night was also the annual Senior Night, where seniors who are a part of varsity football, varsity cheer, and marching band celebrate their accomplishments. On top of the senior celebrations, Coronado had a Military Appreciation Night to show support for our troops, and before the seven o’clock game even began, Coronado had a food truck event from four to six P.M., where clubs and activities held games and fundraisers and local food trucks sold food.
“The entire night was really fun,” senior Lily Bybee said. “I liked watching the football game the best.”
As previously stated, the Cougars beat the Mountain Lions with a whopping score of 34-6. They were cheered on by the Cheer and Dance teams, as well as the students and families. Thursday’s theme was, “Black Out,” so wearing black clothing was a crucial part of supporting our team.
One vital touchdown made during the game was by Jaylen Garrison in the second quarter, as it kept the momentum going. Quarterback Chris Avila set a stunning record with this game. He broke Coronado’s all-time record for most yards ran on the field. The Cougars will play next at regionals on November 5.
Before the victorious game even began, Coronado celebrated seniors by walking them across the field. It is tradition for seniors in marching band, cheer, and varsity football to be escorted by a parent or friend across the football field. The game announcer says the senior’s name and their plans after high school. This is a tradition that’s always completed at the last football game of the season, and it’s good to see it in action after last year’s hardships. They are walked across the football field and are appreciated for their accomplishments throughout all four years of high school.
“It was really cool being able to represent the school and show my pride for the school,” senior Armen Keylian said. “It was a crazy experience to be walked across the field.”
The nation’s troops were also honored during this jam-packed evening. For starters, every registered military family received one free student ticket. All fundraising proceeds are being donated to the National Veterans Foundation, which is a great way to give back. Coronado’s Military Group performed about 15 minutes before the game. Then, the national anthem was performed to kick off the game at seven.
Before our exciting home game even began, the student council hosted an event in the parking lot. Food Truck Thursday attracted many families and students. They could go and find a variety of food options, from pretzels to fries. There were also several games and activities happening. Coronado’s HOPE Squad, an organization dedicated to ending teen suicide, hosted a popular face painting booth.
“We had face painting, we had this thing where you can write a letter to a teacher and get a piece of candy,” freshman Lilah Morgan said. “We also had cotton candy for a dollar and flyers on suicide prevention.”
The entire evening of Thursday, October 21 was busy, but fun. Throughout our (winning) game, Senior Night, Military Appreciation Night, and the food trucks, Cougars stuck around and gave support.
“My favorite part of Thursday Night Lights was performing with my team,” senior Cougarette Alexa Farber said. “I loved getting to showcase our routines that we’ve been working hard on for our family and friends.
Standing Proud// Waiting for their senior classmates to walk across the field, underclassmen varsity football players and cheerleaders stand on the green. Walking across the field is an established Coronado tradition for graduating seniors in marching band, cheerleading, and football. (Photo by Madison Kitch)