By Richard Miller on March 31, 2021
It’s a Friday night and First Flight students and football faithfuls are once again lucky enough to witness a time-honored High School tradition – the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, however with a few twists. During a global pandemic football is being played in the spring and the royal couple and court are wearing masks. But the essence of the traditional remains: there is the sound of grunts and helmets clacking, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and the bouquet of flowers presented to her majesty. Such were the sights and sounds at Kill Devil Hills when the First Flight Nighthawks hosted the Northeastern Eagles for their Homecoming game on Friday March 26 2021. It was good to once again witness a part of Americana.
On this night Northeastern was clearly the better football team. Based on ball possession, one might say that the outcome was truly never in doubt. But what a score and statistics don’t reveal is that the First Flight squad hit harder, tried harder, and played as champions more than I’d witnessed at any other game. Several players played both side of the lines. Players gave it their all. Fans cheered their heroes, chanting their names and their numbers.
During the presentation of the homecoming court the announcer read a brief list of the accomplishments of the student’s being honored and their future plans for college, life beyond High School as well as their advice to the students that they will soon leave behind. Their future plans are inspiring, their advice profound.
So, despite the score of the football game, the First Flight students, parents and faculty were truly the winners of homecoming.
Additional photos of this game are available at richardlmillerphotography.com.