Students, teachers and staff at Sussex Central High School have been preparing all week for this weekend’s homecoming game and dance.

Students, teachers and staff at Sussex Central High School have been preparing all week for this weekend’s homecoming game and dance.

The Golden Knights (4-3) will face the Smyrna Eagles (3-4) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, while the theme of this year’s homecoming dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday will be “Knight at the Carnival.”

“Homecoming is a tradition at Sussex Central that dates back 40 years,” Assistant Principal Bradley Layfield said. “The students prepare floats and dress up in wacky attire all week, culminating in the Blue and Gold Day on the day of the big game. It’s a great Georgetown and Millsboro tradition.”

Monday was Nerd Day at Sussex Central with students and staff dressing up like the iconic “Family Matters” character Steve Urkel.

On Tuesday, students and staff will don retro apparel for Decades Day.

Wednesday will be Twins Day with students encouraged to dress the same as a friend. After school, female students will take to the gridiron for the annual Powder Puff Football Games. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the freshman taking on the sophomores at 6:30 pm., followed by the juniors versus seniors game at 8 p.m. Admission to the games is $5 with proceeds going toward prom and other student activities.

Thursday will be Class Color Wars Day with freshman wearing red, sophomores in green, juniors in gold, seniors in blue and staff in white.

Also on Thursday, the Sussex Central soccer team will take on Milford High at 7 p.m., as a part of the school’s fourth annual Hispanic World Culture Night, which also will include food, a flag ceremony, a performance by the marching band drumline and music provided by DJ Felix Medina. Admittance is $5, with great cuisine available for another $5.

Friday, students will dress up in blue and gold for a 2 p.m. pep rally, followed by a parade of class floats at 6:45 in advance of the 7 p.m. game.

Throughout the week, eight graders from various middle schools also will visit Sussex Central. Millsboro Middle students toured the school on Monday, while Georgetown Middle and Southern Delaware School of the Arts students will stop by on Thursday.

“The eighth grade visits are a part of our effort to recruit those students to attend Sussex Central as opposed to some of the other schools in the area,” Layfield said. “In the past few years, we’ve tried to incorporate those visits with our homecoming week to give the students a taste of what it’s like to be a Golden Knight.”

This year’s homecoming court at Sussex Central High School will include the following students:

Freshman Lord Adrian Boone and Lady Paige Illian

Sophomore Duke Luke Williams and Duchess Tiffany Reuber

Junior Prince Troy Wolford and Princesses Ashley Berry

Candidates for 2012 Homecoming King include:

Tyler Aiken

Butch Booth

Keith Jones

Kyle Maull

Mark Williams

Candidates for the 2012 Homecoming Queen include:

Alexis Cannon

Emily Collins

Lindzey Morris

Tori Short

Audrey Umshlag

Kit White