It was a Friday night of comebacks in the heart of Bridge City. Under the glow of Larry Ward Stadium, Bridge City High School hosted the 2008 BCHS Homecoming. The banner in the endzone read “We’re Back!” The 51st homecoming festivities was a symbol of hope for the storm devastated community. 

Five weeks ago on this night Hurricane Ike was moving into the area. Since the flood, however, BCISD officials have put students back in the classrooms and football was back again on the home field.

Bridge City senior Mallory Guidry, escorted by her father Richard, was crowned 2008 Homecoming Queen. The 51st in school history. She was crowned by last year’s Homecoming Queen Haylee Taylor.

Special alumni were recognized. Dr. James Jones waved to the crowd as the first senior class president from the Class of 1957. Former principal Ella Stuebing was recognized for her many years of service for BCISD. The award winning 2008 Strutter Drill Team entertained during the pre-game show. The Cardinal band performed in Kirbyville uniforms having lost theirs in the flood. The night was almost normal.

According to BCISD superintendent Dr. Jamey Harrison, 87-percent of the students have returned. “It show the strength of this community,” he said.

The Cardinals didn’t win against Silsbee. The Tigers won it 21-0. It was still a good night. The words “We’re Back” on Homecoming. We all needed that.