With the River-to-River showdown between Benton and Harrisburg just hours away, Ranger Nation was alive in a sea of maroon and white as the afternoon pep rally evolved into the traditional Homecoming parade.
Over a dozen police, fire, and emergency vehicles led the parade that featured marching bands from BCHS, Benton Grade School, and Ewing Northern Grade School.
Several area businesses were also represented including Legence Bank, one of Benton's newest businesses, and Ben's Lawn Service, that supplied tow vehicles for several of the parade entries including the Rangers football team.
Following tradition, the Homecoming Court was announced during the pep rally. This year's queen is Ebriessa Casey. Danyelle Hess and Karli Slomka were chosen as Maids of Honor. Lindsey Seidel and Gretchn Wilburn are the senior attendants. Junior attendants are Skyler Dowdy and Sheyanne McMahon. Jayla Eubanks and Madi McLain represent the sophomore class, while Makenna Mumbower, Emma Pierce, and Trinity Price are the freshman attendants.
Homecoming continues this evening when the 3-2 Rangers host River to River rival Harrisburg (3-2). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime.
Homecoming week will wrap up with the dance and coronation on Saturday night. The dance will be held in the West Gym from 8 until 11 p.m. and will kick off with the coronation. Students may enter from the west side of Rich Herrin Gym with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The public should enter through the main school entrance. The doors will open at 7:55 p.m. Admission to the dance is $10. Coronation admission is $1.