It wasn’t exactly the homecoming Locust Fork High School seniors envisioned, but not much has gone as planned in 2020. The Hornets’ original date for homecoming came as the football program was shut down due to COVID-19. Coach Matt Plunkett had finally worked out a new date, Friday, Oct. 16. Gaston was coming to the Fork, until Gaston couldn’t because injuries and issues with COVID-19 forced them to shut down their program for the rest of the year. Principal Tommy Smitherman and Plunkett tried to find a new opponent, but it proved to be impossible.
“But in true HORNET SPIRIT, we will not give up,” the school posted on its Facebook page. “Coach Plunkett has worked diligently to put a Green and White game together so our guys don’t miss out on another chance to play under the Friday Night Lights! This will be a real game for our players and an opportunity for all of them to get better.”
Everyone came together to give the seniors, students, and all of Locust Fork a homecoming that none of them will ever forget. They introduced the Locust Fork youth football players and cheerleaders. They showcased the middle school football team, varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders, volleyball teams, and cross country team.
The Emerald Night Band performed their halftime show and played in the stands. The 2020 Homecoming court was introduced and a new queen was crowned. Parents worked the concession stand and parking lots.
And the game itself, well it was competitive, it was fun, and it was a night that the community of Locust Fork will treasure.
“I am thankful for coaches and administrators that are trying to make the most of a bad situation due to COVID,” Gregg Armstrong posted last Friday. “We have had four games canceled due to COVID and only played one home game all season and it was the first game of the year! When things are difficult you can’t get down, you must get up and make the most of things. I am one proud Hornet!”