A night of victories at the Homecoming Football game

Like any other football Friday night, the stadium was filled with people there to support

2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Tyler Stitzel and Lauren Sweeney
Photo taken by: Olivia Krumpe

Darby’s football team, cheerleaders, and marching band. What made this Friday different from any other was the yearly pregame tradition of announcing the Homecoming Queen and King, as well as honoring the other members of the homecoming court.
  Representing the Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior classes were respectively, Andrew Patrick and Lexi Lednick, Noah Adams and Addyson Taft, and Hayden Vroom and Caelin Li. Ryan Cochran, Jacob Cover, Tolles representative Ian Joy,  Tyler Stitzel, Colin Wagner, Brian Pettit, were chosen by the senior class to hold the homecoming court spots for the men. Keyle Hawk, Tolles representative Tylar Strader, Lauren Sweeney, Paige Bergeford, Jordyn Miller, Hannah Baldwin were the female Senior Class reps.
  After introducing all of the court, along with their families, Tyler Stitzel and Lauren Sweeney were crowned as the 2017 Hilliard Darby Homecoming King and Queen. Stitzel is apart of the Men’s Soccer Team and Men’s Basketball Team at Darby.

  Sweeney, a member of the Cross Country Team and Symphonic Choir, did not expect to be crowned homecoming queen.

The DHS Marching Band and HMS 8th grade band students perform at halftime
Photo taken by: Olivia Krumpe

  “I was surprised when they announced that I was homecoming queen, but at the same time, excited that I won!”
  After the ceremony the Varsity football team took the field to compete against the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets. At the start of the second quarter, Sophomore fullback, Canyon Uphouse scored a touchdown for the Panthers. Senior kicker, Blake Sawicki took the field

and earned an extra point by kicking a field goal following Uphouse’s touchdown.
  At halftime, the award winning Hilliard Darby Marching Band performed with the 8th grade band members from Heritage Middle School to entertain the crowd, another annual tradition at Darby High School.

Panther Football players ring the victory bell after their 31-6 win over the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets
Photo taken by: Olivia Krumpe

  The Panthers finished the game with a 31-6 win over the Jackets. Uphouse finished with three touchdowns and Sophomore quarterback,

Jack Stultz, in his first full varsity game as quarterback, ran in for a touchdown earning six more points for Darby.
  At the end of the game, the marching band and color guard set up on the field one last time to perform sections of their competition piece for the year.
  The last event of the week before the Homecoming dance was a success with a great crowning of this year’s King and Queen, a talented performance by the Marching Band and Color Guard at halftime and after the game, and a clean cut victory for the football team over the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets.

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