By Taylor Beard
Homecoming rocked this year!
The Pep assembly was full of smash and grab fun with karaoke, where all the ladies swooned for football player Martin Granillo, and sheet races complete with competing teachers…Mrs. Villaverde was all about it!
The Homecoming royalty were partially announced leaving the Seniors waiting for the actual game—stretching out the pressure just that much longer. The Junior Class elected Courtney Urquijo and Louis Fuentes for their royalty, while the Sophomore class decided upon Ariel Alonzo and Cesar Villalobos; the Freshmen were pretty excited for Lindsay Duarte and Ricardo Ochoa as they received their sashes.
Then came the parade and the massive tailgate party that followed leading up to the game…no doubt the Titan fans were a little fearful when they pulled up to see the crowd amassing.
Before kickoff, the senior athletes were announced with their families and were received by a roaring crowd, excited for what they are moving on to. Then there was the game…ohhh, what a game!
The Panthers attacked and took down their opponent with surprising ease, scoring their first touchdown within minutes of start. Among the many fabulous plays was Louis Fuentes being pursued by a Titan who had the ill will to try and snatch him from behind…bad move on this kid’s part since dear Louie flung his opponent like he was a fly, and then ran the touchdown home. It was Epic! Another fantastic play took place between Martin Granillo and Chris Grap…going for the extra point, the Titans swarmed towards Quarterback Granillo who swiftly tossed the ball to an open Grap who buzzed it right in.
Just before halftime, Channel Three showed up to massive cheers from the crowd…the Superior Panthers Homecoming Game won the vote to be presented on Channel 3’s Varsity Zone with Liana Gonzales. To say that the fans and players were excited would be an understatement.
At halftime, the waiting was finally over…the three finalists for King and Queen were all present. For Queen were: Lorena Medrano, Adrienne Hernandez and Shayna Wickwire. For King were: Chris Grap, Jordan Romero and Jesse Zavala. The mass of fans cheered and screamed as Adrienne Hernandez was crowned Queen and Jesse Zavala, King. First Attendants were: Jordan Romero and Lorena Medrano, with second Attendants being: Chris Grap and Shayna Wickwire. All of the royalty then piled into their waiting carriages (or festively decorated cars) to lead the parade around the stadium as halftime entertainment.
Now…by halftime the boys had a huge lead of 40 points with 48-8 and once they jumped back into the fray only to widen the lead another seven points. Martin Granillo passed for 223 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He led the defense with two sacks and 12 tackles. He also caused two fumbles. Louie Fuentes had 171 yards receiving and caught all four of the touchdowns from Granillo. Chris Grap rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Matthew Zavala had an interception and Jordan Romero recorded a safety. The final (and quite awesome) score was 61-14 thus leaving the Superior Panthers in excellent form to charge into the playoffs the seventh seed.
Their first playoff game will take place this Friday, Oct. 21, in Superior against Salome (currently in 10th place), with kickoff at 7 p.m. Following this match, the winning team will go up against second seeded team Joy Christian on Friday, Oct. 28.
Come out and roar for the Panthers, these boys have been working for it!