“When Angry Birds Battle” was the theme for the schoolwide Homecoming celebration at Salt River High School on September 21. Throughout the day and evening, a variety of events took place around the school.
Events started right after lunch in the school gym. Games of tug-of-war pitted classes against each other, and students vs. teachers. The teachers lost. There were also sack races in the gym, and in keeping with the bird theme, students had to try to “name that tune,” identify the titles of songs having to do with a bird that played for five seconds.
A “bird rap” battle took place, with several brave students taking on each other and even a teacher entering the competition to see who could come up with the best lines.
Then before the school was dismissed, the girls from each class competed in a powder-puff flag football game.
Later that afternoon starting at VAII, the SRHS Eagles football team, cheerleaders, students and staff marched through the neighborhood to the high school. The players rode in Hummers.
Salt River Eagles vs. Veritas Prep Falcons
Salt River faced off against Veritas Prep during the homecoming game. Fans were ecstatic to see the Eagles make the first touchdowns and get ahead of Veritas. Senior No. 7 Lorenzo Ruiz made the first touchdown for the Eagles, then the team earned the extra point.
In the second quarter, the Falcons made a touchdown, but the Eagles remained ahead and didn’t let their opponents get far. At halftime the score was Salt River 36, Veritas 7. The Eagles kept their lead to the end, prevailing over the Falcons at their 2012 Homecoming, 48-29. Senior No. 21 Daniel Lopez had four rushing touchdowns during the game.
It was the Eagles’ first win of the season, bringing their record to 1-4 and ranking them 33rd in the state.
During halftime, the homecoming court for 2012-13 was announced for the junior class Rachel Cooper and Marcelino Martinez were nominated as princess and prince of homecoming and the king and queen went to Winston Fulwilder and Samantha Hardy. The royalty made their way up one of the hummers and were driven around the football field.
Alumni from Desert Eagle and Salt River High were recognized during the halftime show as well, and there was a flash mob performance by the Salt River High staff.
The Eagles face Ajo High School in an away game on October 5.