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Skydiver to highlight Yuma-Kofa football pregame festivities, homecoming

Yuma High School is pulling out all the stops for their homecoming football game against perennial rival Kofa High School on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Prior to kickoff, skydiver Jay Stokes will parachute onto the 50-yard line at Doan Field to deliver the game ball to team captains and the officiating crew. Stokes, whose son is a School Resource Officer at Gila Ridge High School, will be also carrying an American Flag and wearing a strobe light so fans will easily notice him as he drops from upwards of 3,000 feet.

“It’s going to be amazing,” YHS Athletic Director Steve Anderson said. “Mr. Stokes and the pilot, Tim McDermott, are basically doing it as a service to the community and to help draw attention to our athletic programs. There will be a couple other surprises in store Friday that I’m sure fans will enjoy.”

Led by junior Erick Flores and seniors Tevin Pauldon and Gio Grant, the Criminals enter the game with a record of 2-2, including starting the season with back-to-back victories for the first time since 2008. They have won six of the last 10 games in the series against Kofa, which dates back to 1961, and have a record of 32-24 all-time in one of the state’s longest running rivalries.

As part of the homecoming festivities, YHS band, dance, and cheer will perform at halftime. The homecoming court will also arrive on a pair floats constructed by their respective class student councils. The court will be introduced at halftime with winners announced during the dance following the football game.

Attendees to the game are encouraged to bring canned food items for donation. Friday’s matchup is part of the KECY-TV and Native Grill & Wings High School Food Bowl. 

Eric Patten