For two hours last Friday, students, parents, and communities found some normalcy with the 90th Rice Bowl returning to the Williams High School football field, but with it were many COVID-19 restrictions, including a limitation on spectators allowed to attend.
“Friday Night Lights was by no means normal,” said senior cheerleader Jovanna Hernandez. “But being able to cheer one more time on the field, is a wish come true.”
The rivalry game between the Pierce Bears and the Williams Yellowjackets paused midway for the presentation of the Williams Homecoming Royalty.
Candidates for the Queen and King titles were Nayeli Contreras, escorted by Ozzy Ruiz; Jocelyn Ayala, escorted by Gerry Gomez; Jasmin Paiz, escorted by Antonio Gonzalez; and Brenda Rivera, escorted by Alexis Landeros.
The 2019 returning royalty, Queen Krystal Garcia and King Mo Hernandez had the honor of crowning Brenda Rivera and Antonio Gonzalez as the 2020/2021 Williams Homecoming Queen and King.
“It felt amazing to be at a football game after that was taken away,” Rivera said. “I was nervous but delighted my classmates nominated me, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was heartbreaking that all my family members could not come and show support on this special night.”