Salma Herrera is Crowned JCHS Homecoming Queen; Patriots Fall to Trojans 28-6

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Homecoming 2017 came to a close Friday Night with a bittersweet evening.

Under the light of a waning Harvest Moon, the Patriots faithfully came together after a week of school spirit festivities. Each class homecoming representative was beautifully dressed in their evening gowns, ready to crown the 2017 Jefferson County High School Homecoming Queen.

This year’s winner by popular vote was Salma Herrera.

The beautiful evening filled with celebration also came with its share of pain, though, as the Patriot Football Team struggled throughout the night against the Morristown West High School Trojans.

The game began with the Patriots coming out of the tunnel with an electric atmosphere. Unfortunately, it would not take long for the Trojans to sneak past Jefferson County’s defensive wall, and become the first score on Leroy Shannon’s brand new scoreboard. With 7:01 left in the first quarter, the Patriots found themselves down 7-0, after a good extra point.

The Patriot defense held the Trojans off throughout the remainder of the first quarter. About midway in the second quarter, Jefferson County ran in for 6 for the first and only time of the battle. The extra point was blocked, and the Patriots were down, but only by one.

Suddenly, in the closing seconds of the first half, a successful drive by the Trojans put them within feet of the goal line. With a quick screen to the left, the Trojans made it a two-possession game to close out the half. The halftime break came with Jefferson County down 14-6.

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

After the halftime homecoming festivities, the battered Patriots came out to try to close the gap. Unable to perform in the redzone, and fumbling the ball within the one yard line, Jefferson County just could not hit paydirt in the second half. Each team had its share of yellow flag woes, as the game became more and more physical.

The Trojan offense came alive during the second half, as the worn-down defense struggled to keep Morristown West out of the endzone. The Trojans would visit the endzone two more times during the half, sealing the deal against the Patriots, and defeating Jefferson County 28-6

The Jefferson County Patriots will have a bye week coming up to heal up and lick their wounds. In two weeks they will be traveling to Kingsport to face off against the Science Hill Hilltoppers. The last time that the Patriots saw the Hilltoppers, Jefferson County suffered a tough loss 42-18. This faceoff is looking to be just as tough, and kickoff is set for 7:30 on Friday, October 20. After that, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett will be coming to Leroy Shannon Field on the 27th. The remainder of Jefferson County’s schedule is looking tough.

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

Staff Photo by Angie Stanley

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Source: Angie Stanley, Jefferson County Post Sports

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