ETR Staff Report
The 2016 football homecoming matchup has come to Pine Tree High School, and it was
everything students, faculty, players and coaches hoped for. Friday night’s match with the Greenville
Lions ended with a 21-3 Pine Tree victory and a pregame show that was pure Hollywood with the
crowning of the homecoming king and queen. In fact, it was a great night for royalty as the entire
homecoming court made its glittering appearance before the kickoff. The bluebloods were:
* Freshman Duke Corey Thomas
* Freshman Duchess Kelsee Warwick
* Sophomore Duke Tyler Bain
* Sophomore Duchess Cheyenne Thurmond
* Junior Duke Mose Jeffery
* Junior Duchess Shelby Smith
Following a slam-bang pregame program, there came an extravaganza that saw last year’s
homecoming queen, Whitney Brinson, crown this year’s Queen Kam’ree Williams. Queen Williams aims
to matriculate at Baylor University as a pre-med major. She was not the only one in the spotlight
dedicated to helping others.
The announced homecoming King, Josh Nafrady, followed the example of Julius Caesar and
refused his crown. Instead he had it presented to Dillon Allen. “It was the right thing to do,” said Nafrady. “Dillon is an amazing person.” Apart from Dillon and Nafrady, senior king no
minees were Robby Childers and Julio Vasquez. Besides Williams, Devin Jimerson, Te’ya Jordan and Madison Randall received homecoming queen nominations. Then came the game. It was the Pirates’ first win under rookie Head Coach Kerry Lane. Pine Tree went into this game with a porous defense that was surrendering a whopping 41 points per game. On Friday night, however, this defense plugged all the holes, shutting Greenville out of the end zone and giving up just one first
down in the first half.
The Pirate offense, meanwhile, scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters as runner
Maliq Owens scored on runs of one and seven yards, giving the home team a 14-3 lead at intermission.
Pine Tree mopped up in the second half as Kenny Jackson scored on a 36-yard gallop. The
defense continued it heroics, holding the Lions to just 150 yards of total offense. This coming Friday, Pine Tree will play at Hallsville. College scouts should take note.