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Faithful Bearden fans celebrate homecoming

The homecoming festivities at Bearden High School concluded with the football game Friday evening against South-Doyle High School.

Despite the chilly temperatures and a 16-6 loss to the Cherokees, homecoming brought many loyal Bulldog fans back to campus.

Booster club president Wallace Deaver said he was at the game to watch his son J.W., who is a junior, play football. His daughter, Sharon, graduated from BHS in 1993.

Sharon said she drove up from Atlanta to watch her brother play football and see some familiar faces.

“I was a cheerleader in high school,” Sharon said. Adding that she just received her master’s degree from Wake Forest University and is working for Home Depot in Atlanta.

Sharon said she is surprised at all of the pre-game festivities in which the students participate.

“They have pajama day and many more competitions than we ever had,” she said. “I think it’s just great.”

According to Sharon, three of the Bearden football coaches also attended BHS.

“Brian Tanner is a ’93 graduate and was captain of the football team and all-KIL in his senior year,” she said. “Hunter Finley and Brad Taylor are ’94 graduates.”

The booster club was out in full force in the concession stand and around the barbecue grill.

Club member Todd Holliday said they grill hamburgers for every home game and that they sell a lot of “really good food.”

Beth Spangler Lawhorn is a 1978 graduate of BHS. She said her family goes to all of the Bearden games and she is the “No. 1 fan” of son Chris who is a senior football player.

“Chris is number sixty two,” she said. “He’s on the defensive line and we’re real proud of him.”

Rachel Lockett Scarlett is a 1979 graduate and said her son, Zandy, represents the third generation at Bearden.

“Zandy is a freshman and he plays trumpet in the band,” she said. “My father, Guinn Lockett, was in the very first graduating class at Bearden High School.” Guinn graduated in 1943.

Anita Moore is a 1980 graduate of BHS. She took time out of her souvenir stand duties to visit with former classmates.

“I have two sons at Bearden,” she said. “Travis is a senior and Wes is a freshman.” Moore said both of her sons are on the football team as well.

Despite the disappointing outcome, these fans said they enjoy the games and feel a strong sense of community that Bearden High School represents.


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