ZEPHYRHILLS — Tyler “TJ” Jeffries, a 2007 Zephyrhills High School graduate and Army veteran wounded last year in Afghanistan, was honored at the school’s Homecoming game Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
The festivities began with the presentation of class floats with this year’s theme: “Cities of the World.” The juniors won the parade competition with their representation of Honolulu. Sophomores took second place with Las Vegas and in third place were the freshmen with Rio De Janeiro. The seniors came in fourth place with the theme of New York City.
The Zephyrhills High School Marching Bulldogs Band marched onto the field displaying their new uniforms to play the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the ZHS alma mater.
At the end of the first quarter, Jeffries was present a key to the city by Zephyrhills Mayor Danny Burgess. He also received a plaque from local Cub Scout Pack 72 honoring his heroism.
Seniors Christopher Dungan and Emily Burgess were crowned 2013 Homecoming king and queen and Juniors Noah Davis and Kelsey Bishop were chosen 2013 Homecoming prince and princess. Emily Burgess was joined by her mother Beverly Burgess who was ZHS Homecoming queen about 30 years ago.
The ZHS Bulldogs defeated the Weeki Wachee Hornets by a 42-7 score.