By: Taylor Coleman

With everyone decked out in maize and blue, the students of Walled Lake Central kicked off the 2017 Homecoming weekend with a roar. The football team, poms, cheer and marching band dressed in their best as they prepared for the game of the season. Cheer, girls’ and boys’ cross country, equestrian, football, girls’ golf, boys’ soccer, girls’ swim and dive, volleyball and waterpolo all made their way around the gym. The special performances from the cheer squad and the poms team hyped up the crowd and prepared them for the game.

The students and staff participated in the annual Homecoming parade before the game. All of the fall sports, Homecoming court, and a few clubs drove through the streets of Walled Lake. The parade was kicked off from the Central parking lot, and made its way down South Commerce road and even through some of the local neighborhoods such as Stone Gate. “The parade was hype and really fun. I enjoyed seeing everyone on court dressed up.” said junior Avery Colvin.  After the annual parade, the football team geared up to steal a win.

Walled Lake Central’s football team secured a victory against Waterford Kettering in their Homecoming game on Friday, October 13, 2017. Both teams kept the crowd on their feet with every snap of the ball. The energy radiating from the players was evident. “ We wanted to make the game as fun as possible for everyone that attended. We tried to get everyone involved.” said senior football player Nick Onwenu. All of the players hard work payed off. Central took the game with a final score of 52-36.

The cheer squad and the student section joined forces to cheer on the football team with every pass, run and tackle. The cheer section kept the crowd entertained with 52 push ups and t-shirt giveaways. From the first play to the very last, the energy from the student section and cheer squad grew with every second. “ I will definitely miss the energy from the crowd but I won’t miss the push ups,” said senior Kenna Coleman.

The booming energy on the field and in the stands led to an outstanding special performance from marching band and poms. Along with these performances, the Homecoming court took the field suited and booted.

For many of the students performing, this was their last Homecoming game. “It was really sad to think that this was the last time I would be performing at our homecoming game. I will dearly miss seeing the Maize Craze student section from the field.” says marching band senior Maria Tokunaga.

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