Homecoming week was a typical week for Claremore high school. Kids dressed up for spirit week, they built floats, we had a door decorating contest, there was a pep assembly, and we had great weather for the parade. It was a great week that culminated with a football game, as the Zebra’s hosted Grove.

The game looked like a Big 12 game, as both offenses were firing on all cylinders. The first quarter had more in it, than an entire game usually has, which made it one of the most exciting quarters of football the fans have ever seen. It had long runs’, a trick play for a 60-yard touchdown, it had a surprise onside kick that was recovered by the Zebras, and heck it even had a fake punt. With all of that happening the Zebras took a 21-14 lead into the 2nd quarter. In the end, the Ridge Runners were able to grab the lead in the 2nd quarter and hang on to it until the final buzzer went off.

The following day was a day to reflect on all that had happened. The coaches and players went back to work, watching the film, charting the plays, and working to get better. The coaches also got to give out some awards for the players of the week. Even in a loss, the Zebras had a ton of great things to build from, and it started with Gage Deckard having over 100 yards receiving and capturing the offensive player of the week award. Then Cam Braswell who has continued to get better each week in his first year as a starter, and won the HEMAN defensive player of the week sword. Zane Hepler had a touchback and a successful onside kick this last week, which earned him special teams’ player of the week. Lastly, Corbin Bamgardner has been working hard at practice and standing out on Monday nights, and he was presented with the JV player of the week award.

It was a great week at CHS and even though we fell short on Friday night, does not take away from what an amazing week the students, faculty, alumni, and players got to experience. Now we move on to the rival, and there is only one thing to say, BEAT PRYOR.