STRAFFORD, Mo. – The 2012 Homecoming theme in Strafford is “Dancing through time.” Strafford hosts Stockton for homecoming Friday and generations of Strafford alumni and students will come together for the game.
The Strafford Indians have started the season 3-0 with 61-0, 36-3 and 44-8 victories. Having those kinds of results has led Head Coach Tim Hester to think about his team accomplishing a first.
“I hope I'm not jinxing this, but we've never won a conference championship here in Strafford history in football since 1974 since the program started,” said Strafford Head Coach Tim Hester.
If the Indians beat Stockton, Strafford would be 4-0 for the first time in 16 years.
Something Hester knows would make this homecoming extra special for Strafford alumni of all ages, including Bill Easterly, a 1936 Strafford Grad. Easterly will lead the homecoming parade Friday before the game.
“It's just good to be alive and still be mobile to where you can get around and go to those kind of things,” said 93 year old Easterly.
Easterly tells the O-Zone someone in his family has been in Strafford schools almost every year since he graduated, including his son who played on the first football team at Strafford in 1974.
“I know the coach asked me how stout that boy was,” Easterly said. “He (the coach) said that was the stoutest boy he ever worked with.”
Student body class president Cole Davidson is a member of the 100th graduating class at Strafford. He knows all the students have something to learn from Strafford's oldest living active alum.
“It's important to honor someone like Mr. Easterly because his age and his stories give incredible stories of success and what we can do in our own lives,” said Strafford Student President Cole Davidson.
The Strafford homecoming parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday followed by the “KSPR Game of the Week” Strafford vs Stockton.