Homecoming returns to Kennett with a parade and a football win10/17/2021 04:29PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Kennett High School’s Homecoming celebration last Friday was like a soft breath of spring after a long, cold winter.
Having missed the festivities in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students appeared eager to jump right back in to mark the season of football, student royalty and school spirit.
There was a lot of enthusiasm along the parade route as the marching band kicked off the procession, followed by homecoming court students in convertibles and then the class floats.
The line proceeded out the high school parking lot, along South Street to Broad Street, north on Broad, left on Mulberry to Union Street, and then re-entered the school after crossing the railroad bridge. A brief ceremony in the school parking lot followed.
The junior class – the class of 2023 – was announced at halftime in the football game as the float contest winner.
In preparation for the parade, given the existing time constraints, the class members worked until the last few minutes to get their floats ready.
Up on the football field, the visiting Great Valley Band performed prior to the game.
At halftime, the Kennett Marching Band presented its field show and then the homecoming court was welcomed to the field for the announcement of the Homecoming king and queen.
Elected queen was Maddie Brooks, and the king was Jesse Comando. The court, presented couple-by-couple, was large this year with 20 members.
Licking their wounds from the preceding week’s 42-7 defeat by Unionville, the Kennett football team came on strong with an unrelenting defense and consistent offense to beat the Great Valley Patriots, 27-0.
Kennett was barking at the door throughout the first quarter but did not get on the scoreboard until the second quarter. In the first minute of the second quarter, quarterback Kalen Frazier took the ball in after a 45-yard run. Ten minutes later, he carried it in for another touchdown. It was 13-0 after the missed extra point.
In the third quarter, Julian Sparacino, who was having a successful night running the ball, scored another touchdown on an 18-yard run.
Kennett went into the fourth quarter leading Great Valley, 20-0. With five minutes left, they pushed in another touchdown, making it 27-0.
Kennett’s record stands at 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play for the season so far. They have two games remaining with Sun Valley and West Chester East.