By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (November 1, 2016) — For the first time in school history, Huston Academy will celebrate homecoming.
And it’s much more than just a football game, as superintendent Mike Scott says there will be a homecoming king and queen, a pre=game lunch fundraiser and even a bonfire.
“We’re excited to be able to do this and we want to go all out and make it as good as we can,” says Scott, who is in his second year as superintendent at the charter school. “I think it will be a great time for our students and our faculty and hopefully even for some alumni and community members who want to come.”
Festivities begin with the bonfire at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the hot dog and hamburger lunch for $5 will begin at noon. All proceeds go to the Huston Academy athletics department.
The game kicks off at 2 p.m. with the Panthers taking on the DASCHE Spartans, a homeschool team from Red Oak. It will be played on the practice field behind Huston Academy. While there are no goal posts and each team will go for two after any touchdown, Scott says the surface will suffice for a game.
“It will be an adventure, but it will be a lot of fun,” he said. “We’ve been talking since last year about doing this, and we’re thankful that we found a team willing to participate in it with us and that everyone is coming together to make this happen.”
Huston Academy is in its first season of 11-man football after playing two seasons of six-man then taking a one-year sabbatical from the sport. The Panthers, who have played all their games on the road, have yet to experience a win as an 11-man team, though they have tied one game.
“Our kids are fighting their tails off every time they go out there, and with us being such a new 11-man team, that’s all you can ask for,” said Scott. “I think every team deserves to have a homecoming game.”