On November 6, 2020, the Pelahatchie Chieftains stepped onto the field not knowing that this would be their last game of the season.
Twenty-three seniors walked into the game not knowing that the next time they wanted to get into the game, they would need to buy a ticket.
The six band seniors walked out onto the field to perform their halftime show “The Lost Battalion.”
The cheerleader seniors ran out to the sidelines to rouse the crowd up for the last time.
“Fight Chieftains Fight!” Senior Meghan Herrington yelled out her cheer in the last 30 seconds of the game. Herrington claims that, for her, it was extremely important that the last cheer she ever completed was the one she taught the cheer team.
For band senior Gracie Thompson, taking the field for the very last time was extremely emotional. She states, “You look around and you realize that you’ll never get to do it again. Then, you have to put everything you have onto the field without breaking down and crying in front of everyone.”
Another band senior Emmie Hoard reports that “in a way Mr. Ragland was like Arianna Grande: he was always saying ‘One last time,’ but none of us were actually prepared for it to legitimately be the last time.”
Football senior Chance Boone even reports feeling extremely emotional during his last game.
He stated that he felt sad because he knew that this would be the last time he ever played football with his team, but he was grateful for the opportunity to play, and to kick his last ever field goal.
By halftime, the Chieftains were down by fourteen points. By the end of the fourth quarter, the Chieftains took a tough loss ending their season with a final score of 41 to 13.
This not only devastated Hatchie fans everywhere, but also broke the heart of the school’s passionate players