Homecoming in two parts

Published 10:12 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Randolph-Henry High School was poised to celebrate Homecoming 2018 on Friday, Sept. 28, as the Statesmen took on visiting Amelia County High School on the gridiron for a James River District varsity football showdown.

However, there was an issue with the lights illuminating the football field. The football game began early, taking advantage of the available daylight, but competition was halted after the first quarter as darkness fell and efforts to bring the lights on had not yet been successful. Eventually, the event came to an early conclusion when it was judged that the lights could not be repaired in time.

This naturally prompted disappointment and surprise given the scope of the event, but thankfully the stage can and will be reset for the Statesmen, the Homecoming Court and its king and queen and everyone involved in the planned festivities.

Randolph-Henry administration worked quickly to ensure details were set for Homecoming, Part II. Principal Shep Critzer sent out an email to staff and the media at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, with the important information. “We have confirmed reschedule information for last night’s postponed varsity football game vs. Amelia,” he wrote. “The game will be played on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 (p.m.). We will hold the ceremony to recognize the Homecoming Court and crown the king and queen at halftime. Since many fans had already paid for last night’s game and could not be refunded, admission to this game will be free.”

And he closed his message on a key note of hope and gratitude: “Again, thank you all for your patience and support.”