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The homecoming pep rally is a THS tradition at Stumberg Gym but will be outdoors this year at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium

Homecoming this week

By Michael Butler

The deck has been shuffled on several occassions in 2020. Homecoming week was originally scheduled for Oct. 12-16 at Tallassee High School. It has been moved.

The football game on Friday night is always the crescendo to a week of festivities. Due to a COVID cancellation of games that fell partly on homecoming week, the date was shifted.

Just last week, Tallassee got word that Carroll of Ozark, the Tigers' final regular season opponent and new foe for homecoming, had a COVID case of their own. That had THS scrambling for a replacement. Geneva was added last week, but that has since changed. As of Monday, Bullock County fills the vacant spot.

"(We're) very fortunate," Battles said. "We were going to load up the bus and play a game somewhere in the state of Alabama, but we get to play at home and go through the normal homecoming festivities."

The Class of 2001 two decades later

In addition to the game on Friday, all events are scheduled with some modifications.

"It has been an interesting season," Tallassee City Schools superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin said. "I was so glad for our guys and our returning class to play this game."

The Class of 2001 had to do some shuffling of their own. They had already booked the 1220 Warehouse for their reunion party and kept the date as scheduled for those who could not make a late change in plans. The class will still have its reunion pep rally, but it will move to Friday at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium in conjunction with the Candlelight Ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m.

"We're doing the pep rally at the open-air venue," Nolin added. "We're looking at the weather for Thursday night. There may be some changes in that even. Surprise - 2020."

The queen Orliyah Poole and her father Oros at Homecoming 2019

The Ring Ceremony will be at Stumberg Gym on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The homecoming parade will run along its regular route starting at the high school on Friday at 2 p.m.

Having homecoming on the final week of the football season is a first for most.

"Normally everybody's got a good sweat going riding those floats and the band walking across the bridge," said Nolin. "It's usually hot (and) about the fourth or fifth week of the season."

Pregame festivites including the crowning of the queen will start at 6:30 on Friday evening.

Tickets for Friday night's game will be sold to students on Wednesday and Thursday. A drive-thru ticket sale for the general public will be on Thursday from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. behind the high school. All tickets are $8 each.

1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live at 6 with the simulcast on the TuneIn app. Live video streaming will be on Tallassee Times TV through YouTube and Spectrum Channel 340.

Friday Homecoming Schedule
2:00 Parade
4:30 Citywide Pep Rally/Candlelight Ceremony
6:30 Crowning of the Queen
7:00 Tallassee vs. Bullock County

The Tallassee High School homecoming court (left to right): Libby Bridgman, Taliyah Adams, Emma Kate Holley, Lexi Love, Margaret Ann Burhnam. Photo by Suzannah Solomon Wilson.