BY EMILY MORENO
After a year of alternative high school events the homecoming game, a high school staple, provided a much needed sense of normality to the school year. On Friday, October 15, the stands were filled with students, alumni and families showing their cowboy pride. In the end, Cowboys triumphed with a win of 20-14 against South Plantation.
Despite the difficult season, the Cowboys were ready to bring their A-game for the homecoming game.
“I’m positive we have a huge chance of winning, I mean we have a really solid team,” punter Byron Ortega said.
Celebrating 50 years and homecoming led to an abundance of unexpected surprises like alumni performing in the band and previous homecoming court members making an appearance during halftime. Prior to the game there were also food trucks, photo booths and games outside of the field.
Ready to start the game, the varsity football team rushed onto the field full of energy. Once the game began the Cowboys gained a strong lead on the Paladins getting a touchdown in the first quarter. Also scoring their extra point guaranteeing the Cowboys seven points, ending the first quarter with a lead of 7-0.
Leading into the second quarter the Paladins were able to secure two touchdowns and extra points. The Cowboys lost their lead but were still able to get a touchdown, finishing the second quarter with 14-13.
As is customary with all homecoming games the halftime consisted of a performance from band and colorguard. Additionally, the crowd was introduced to the 2021 homecoming court with Madeyln Lizano and Mikayla Diaz representing the freshman, Isabella King and Walter Bomar representing the sophomore, Lucy Gates and Drew Chin representing the juniors. Representing the Seniors, there were three Senior couples running and during halftime Amanda Boyle and Mckevin Odne were announced the winners.
Despite losing their lead, the Cowboys didn’t stop fighting and were able to take the game back with a touchdown securing a 20-14 lead. After a thrilling third quarter, the Cowboys’ defense came into play making sure the Paladins were unable to take their lead. As time ran out the Cowboys were seconds closer to victory.
With their strong lead, the Cowboys were able to prevent the Paladins from scoring, securing the homecoming win for the Cowboys.
“It was an amazing celebration of the 50th anniversary of our high school coupled with our homecoming game,” Principal Vera Perkovic said. “The cowboy pride and the school spirit seeing the alumni and the teachers, staff and students. It was a fantastic night.”
Final Score: Cooper City 20, South Plantation 14