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Though they won't play their Homecoming football game until Friday evening, the Oswego High School community was in high spirits, heading into Homecoming Week, having defeated crosstown rival Oswego East High School for the 14th year in a row in the Crosstown Challenge, preserving the school's undefeated record this season.
The Panthers stuck it out through a rain-filled game that was called with less than five minutes in the fourth quarter, due to lightning in the area, giving the OEHS Wolves their first loss of the season with a shutout score of 32-0. Strong performances were put in for the Panthers by quarterback Noah Parker, wide receiver Jamal Fomby, wide receiver Jack Lemke, and kicker Nico Goodwin.
A victorious mood carried over from Friday to Sunday, as OHS faculty and students made their way through downtown Oswego for the Homecoming parade. Family members and spectators lined the streets, waving to those on the floats and taking videos and pictures, as students and teachers tossed fistfuls of candy down. The parade also featured appearances from the 2018 Homecoming Court: Courtlund Adams, Justin Allen, Justen Callion, Dane Davenport, Ethan Owusu, Grace Chimelinski, Josie Corrao, Madeline Dougherty, Tegan Hathaway, and Messina Paratore. King and Queen will be named at a school pep rally on Friday. Closing out the parade, were the members of the OHS varsity football team, chanting "Undefeated" along with the crowd.
The Panthers will seek to maintain their undefeated streak against Joliet Central on Friday, at 7 p.m., as they celebrate Senior Night and Homecoming.