Friday Night Lights: CG vs. Pike

The football team heads into tonight’s Homecoming game with Pike (2-4) with a 6-0 record and a No. 1 state ranking. A win against Pike would assure the team at least a share of the MIC title.

With four losses, Pike’s record is deceiving. They took No. 3 Carmel to the wire before falling  33-38 and defeated  reigning state champion Ben Davis 30-27. Senior Derek Hawthorne, who averages 236 passing yards a game, leads Pike’s high-powered offense, which will look to try and spread the Trojan defense out by throwing the deep ball.

The Trojan defense ranks amongst the state’s best, giving up only 18.5 points per game. Seniors Jovan Swann and Cameron Tidd lead the defense, each with three sacks on the season, and will try to put pressure on Hawthorne in an attempt to disrupt Pike’s rhythm. Another key will be Trojan’s secondary, which will need to rely on great coverage on the pass attack. Senior Connor Steeb will look to lead this attack on Pike’s receivers down the field.

On the other side of the ball, the offense has excelled, averaging 36 points a game. Senior quarterback Joey Siderewicz has been nothing short of efficient; completing 70 percent of his passes without throwing an interception. The Trojans continue to be a running team, with junior running back Titus Mccoy already having 902 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Senior running back Lee Clinker looks to have a breakout night as he steps in for an injured Trevor Hohlt.

Expect a hard fought football game from your Trojans on a fun Homecoming night.

Homecoming Dress Trends

As the homecoming dance approaches girls everywhere are trying to find that perfect dress. With so many choices in style, length and color it is hard to decide which one suits best.

“The trends I’m seeing are people going a lot fancier,” Kaylyn Poe, an employee at the store Windsor, said. “Girls are kinda going for short dresses right now.”

Emily Turner poses in her Homecoming dress.

Emily Turner poses in her Homecoming dress.

Many girls have gone for the short, tight and fancy dresses this year. Junior Abby Fortune chose a dark-colored dress with rhinestone straps that give it a very elegant feel.

“Another style we are seeing right now is the regular, chiffon, A-line dress that girls have always been wearing to homecoming,” Poe said.

All of Windsor’s best selling dresses are either tight or the regular short prom dress style. Most girls have gotten one of these styles, but new dresses are trending at Windsor as well.

“We’ve had a lot of people requesting two piece dresses this year, and also long, body-hugging dresses with slits up the side,” Poe said.

Lauren Duffy shows off her Homecoming dress.

Lauren Duffy shows off her Homecoming dress.

The two-piece dresses tend to have rhinestoned tops with a small midriff showing and short

chiffon bottoms. The tight body-hugging dresses are typically dark, giving them a more elegant feel, but the two piece dresses feature colors with warm, fun-feeling style.

While the new two-piece style seems to be popular in stores, CG girls are still leaning toward the short dresses.

Junior Jordan Voegerl  said of her dress, “If you described my dress in three words, they’d be short, sexy and sassy.”

Homecoming Music

Everyone files into the Hall of Excellence, talking loudly over the thrumming music. The whole room vibrates to the beat of the song, and students immediately feel the energy building in the room.

“We’ll have a DJ from the same company that did Homecoming and Prom last year,” said Homecoming organizer Carol Galyan. “They’ve done this before, so they know the ropes and how to pick the music.”

This year, at the Homecoming Dance, there will be a DJ named Nathan representing AMS Entertainment playing the music. Jason Ryan, the sales associate at AMS Entertainment commented on the company’s policies while picking music.

“Obviously we have to pick music that’s appropriate for schools,” Ryan said with a laugh. “But we get our music directly from radio stations. So all of the songs are actually radio edits.”

Getting their music from the source ensures that AMS DJs know which songs are most popular at the time. All of the DJs must stay updated on new music to be certain that their playlists receive the best response possible from the audience.

“We choose our music based on requests, of course,” he said. “It’s also based on how the crowd is feeling and reacting.”

While entertaining, the musicians are also observing the crowd and gauging the level of interest students have in certain songs. While some songs have to be cut out of the playlists, others have remained crowd-pleasers through generations of music.

“There’s such a huge span of music, so it’s not hard at all to find songs that get people on the dance floor and are still appropriate,” he said confidently. “We have current music like ‘Watch Me,’ but ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ still gets people dancing and screaming.”

Music changes everything about an event: from its popularity with the students to the songs that get stuck in their heads afterwards. Music creates energy in a crowd, and it’s one of the main aspects that makes any event fun. With experienced entertainers from a highly-rated company, this year’s Homecoming Dance is sure to start and end on a high note.