REISTERSTOWN, Maryland (WJZ) – All eyes were on the football field Friday night at Franklin High School.
After a year of canceled events, the homecoming soccer game was back, despite the cancellation of the homecoming dance by school officials for all public schools.
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Excitement was in the air Friday night.
“It’s good. It’s awesome,” said mom Stacey Joerger.
The players entered the field as fans filled the stands at Franklin High School for their homecoming soccer game, a night many had been waiting for more than a year.
“I can actually go out and have a high school experience,” said freshman Ijai Hammon.
Last year, the pandemic wiped out most of the football season.
“It feels good. It’s better. I feel like things are sorting out a bit because last year we couldn’t do it,” said the college football player. junior K’yon Davis.
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This year, football is back, but the prom is not.
Earlier this month, Baltimore County school officials announced that all public school return dances would be canceled, citing an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in the county.
“I wanted to buy my dress and dance with my friends and stuff, but that’s understandable,” Hammon said.
This week alone, Baltimore County officials reported 240 new cases of COVID in schools. This represents an increase from the 185 cases confirmed the previous week and more than 1,200 students are now in quarantine.
But when it comes to creating high school memories, some parents ask the school to reconsider.
“They could do a homecoming dance outside. It’s not too cold outside, ”said Joerger. “They deserve it. I understand what’s going on. It’s a tough time, but the kids deserve it and they need it.
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While there is no dancing this year for Franklin High School, there will still be a homecoming parade on Saturday which kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at Cherry Hill Road and Shaftsbury Court.