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Tyer Stadium dedicated
By Kalissia Hinson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA – The Floydada community is really good at adapt and change because of COVID-19, and Homecoming 2020 is a perfect example.
When the much anticipated 103rd match-up against rival Lockney Longhorns could not happen because of the virus, Whirlwind Head Coach Scotty Bruington made a few calls and soon was prepping the team to take on the Kermit Yellowjackets.
While it was not what they expected, the community made the most of its once-every-four-year homecoming celebration by rallying and cheering on the team, crowning the homecoming queen, celebrating the senior class as well as honoring one of the city’s finest as they dedicated the stadium in honor of the late Charles Tyer.
For Kermit, a 3A school, this was the first game of their season.
The first quarter started out a bit tough. Both sides had errors and resulted in no score, but Floydada came together in the second quarter and with 7:24 on the clock Quincy Gonzales (3) took it into the end zone from 7 yards out and Alexyz Alvarado’s (10) PAT kick was good.
At the 4:18 mark in the second, Matthew Morales (22) ran it in from 50 yards, giving the Whirlwinds their second touchdown. The point after was no good.
At the half, Floydada was up 13-0.
In the third, with 6 minutes remaining, Alonzo Ascencio (2) ran it in from 44 yards and another Whirlwind score. The point after kick was blocked by Kermit. It was 19-0, Floydada.
At 2:13 left to go in the third, Alexyz Alvarado (10) completed a 26-yard field goal.
The Whirlwinds started the fourth quarter up 22-0.
With 8 minutes left in the game, Kermit’s Bradley Peralta (1) found the end zone on a 27-yard run for their only touchdown of the night. Kermit tried to run a two-point conversion, but it was no good.
The homecoming games ended 22-6.
Whirlwind Head Coach Scotty Bruington said the team played a different defense against Kermit than they did against Tulia.
“It’s nothing new to our kids just something we weren’t ready to use against Tulia.”
The Whirlwinds used this defense and it sure seemed to pay off for them tonight.
“I thought our kids did a really good job of staying focused on the football game, with all the distractions that come with homecoming, and then you add opening up a new stadium, and not playing the Lockney Longhorns. I am really proud of the way our kids played and represented Floydada,” Bruington said.
“Also, our players loved being able to play in front of the hometown people. Right now, we are happy to being playing football. We would travel wherever we had to go so we could compete. These kids just spent five months without being able to represent Floydada and just be able to compete in a real game.
“Our stadium is one of the nicest if not the nicest 2-AA stadium in the state, and our kids are excited to play in it.” stated Bruington.
The Floydada defense limited Kermit to 163 yards of offense while the Whirlwinds used their rushing attack for 269 yards on the ground.
Rushing stats: Matthew Morales (22) had 80 yards in 7 rushing attempts; Alonzo Ascencio (2) had 60 yards in 10 attempts; Alexyz Alvarado (10) had 48 yards in 7 attempts; Quincy Gonzales (3) had 40 yards in 13 attempts, Hermilo Martinez (25) had 23 yards in 6 attempts and Andres Mendoza (43) had 12 yards in 3 attempts.
Receiving stats: Dez Wickware (5) had two catches for 24 yards and Matthew Morales (22) had 1 catch for 13 yards.
Several players came up with fumble recoveries for the Whirlwinds and Wickware had a defensive interception.
The Whirlwinds will travel to Smyer for next week’s game.
At halftime – the community honored Mr. Tyer in celebrating by naming the new stadium in his honor. His family accepted a photo of the stadium.
Also at halftime, 2020 Homecoming queen senior Jody Briones was crowned by Valerie Espinoza, the 2016 homecoming queen.
During homecoming week, every high school student voted for one candidate to be queen.
The runners-up for homecoming queen are: First runner up – junior Erin Trevino; second runner up – Alianna Gonzales; and third runner up – junior Clarissa de la Fuente.
The homecoming court consisted of freshman Victoria Cevera (daughter of Espiridon Cervera) and Carisa Fernandez (daughter of Javier and Veronica de la Fuente), sophomores Natalie Contreras (daughter of Charlie and Jenilee Contreras) and Alianna Juarez (Tiofilo Juarez, grandfather and Dominga Juarez), juniors Clarissa de la Fuente (daughter of Gabe and Lupe de la Fuente) and Erin Trevino (daughter of Dr. Gilbert and Leticia Trevino), seniors Alianna Gonzales (daughter of Adam and Angie Gonzales) and Jody Briones (daughter of Alicia Briones).