Football players, students look forward to Homecoming game

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For most, Homecoming is a tradition that has been celebrated by students since their high school years. For many students, the mums and garders, football games and dances during Homecoming was a tradition followed by many during their teenage years.

Although you might not see any mums being worn on campus, some students at Sam Houston State University, are wrapped up in the spirit of Homecoming and are looking forward to the activities as well as the Homecoming game against 25th ranked Northwestern State University.

“Not only is this our Homecoming game, but it is also our first Conference game of the year,” said defensive lineman, David Branch. Branch added “We are ready for this game, we are expecting a big crowd, and that helps us get wired up for the game.”

“Homecoming is a big game every year,” said senior defensive back, Robert Herron. He added, “Everyone steps up their game when Homecoming rolls around because you do not want to lose at home, in front of a big crowd, it’s a must win situation.”

Stephen Izebizua, four year letterman and last year 2nd team All-American recalls his Bearkat playing days and the Homecoming game in 2003 against Northwestern State. “I remember we were playing sluggish that season before our Homecoming game,” he added, “We were expected to lose, but we overcame adversity and pulled out the win.”

Izebizua explained that “it meant a lot for the seniors to win that game,” he added, “I remember Rick (Brodrick Richardson, Bearkat senior offensive lineman in 2003) came into the locker room and put up a sign that said thank you for winning this game for us. It was a good feeling winning that game,” he concluded.

Without a doubt, the Homecoming game plays a big role in the celebration of Homecoming itself. Activities leading up to the game get students ready for the 2 p.m. kick off on Saturday, against the 2004 Co-Champions of the Southland Conference.

“I enjoy going to the different activities during the course of Homecoming Week,” said student, Sarah Posey. “I’m looking forward to the game and attending the tailgate party as well,” added Posey.

Students can look forward to the Homecoming parade on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., and Rock and Bowl tonight at Huntsville Lanes at 9:30 p.m. For more information on this week’s events, visit www.shsu.edu/homecoming, for a complete list.