Homecoming Weekend featured a full stadium and full slate of activities

By Staff

The Blackshirt Band marches from King Street over to Crusader Stadium, leading fans to the game. The street was full of activities with a carnival of bouncies and games for families.
Photos by Rebecca McEntee

Homecoming was full weekend of activities, even before the weekend started. On Thursday, Sept. 23, there was a “Sock it to Simmons” dunking booth out on King Street at which participants could delight in sinking a Cowboy in to a tub of water. Then by Friday there was Stunt Night at Walton Chapel and a the pep rally at Luther Memorial with fireworks lighting up the skies over campus and its flame-lit letters of UMHB.

See video of the Homecoming game below

On the day of the game, Sept. 25, There was a carnival full of bouncies and games for families, and a photo booth full of purple and shimmering gold in which friends and families could take their photos together. The Blackshirt Band led fans into the stadium with their traditional march from King Street as they played. And the stands were filled with cheering fans from both sides for the anticipated rivalry on the field. It looked less like a pandemic on that Homecoming day, as the sun shined down on a playful stadium of game-goers and a close rivalry game that kept everyone’s attention.

Four-year-old Carmen Martin watches her brothers as they all bounce on a football themed bouncy during the carnival on King Street on Homecoming Weekend. The carnival was held on King Street just before the game with Hardin-Simmons Sept. 25, 2021. Carmen was there with her who family for the first time since they have been stationed at Fort Hood. Her mother Keonte Martin was working the carnival, so her father, Sergeant Jason Martin brought Carmen and her brothers Cameron, Carter and Cayson to the carnival and game. “We had a blast,” Sgt. Martin said.

Avery Hagler, Olivia Whitfill, Emily Huynh, and Evie Parks were at the game to cheer on the Crusaders at their Homecoming game with Hardin-Simmons University on Saturday, Sept. 25. The friends were on the south side of the stadium during the first quarter of the game.
Cadet Maximilian Noriega (freshman) slides the cover over the American Flag as his fellow Color Guard members help and look on. The Color Guard was properly storing the American Flag and rendering proper courtesy following the presentation of the Colors at the Homecoming Game with HSU on Saturday, Sept. 25. At left is Cadet Abraham Ceballos (freshman), and at far left is Cadet Jasmine Taylor (junior, psychology). At center right in background is Cadet Platoon Sergeant Jami Hayden, Color Guard Captain and junior nursing student.
Cadet Platoon Sergeant Jami Hayden, Color Guard Captain and junior nursing student salutes the flag at the side of the Crusader Stadium as the UMHB ROTC Color Guard prepares to put away the U.S. Flag after opening ceremonies at the Homecoming Game with HSU on Sept. 25.
Eight-year-old Kristen Hugee-James looked at Homecoming Weekend from a different view at the carnival on King Street before the Homecoming game with Hardin-Simmons on Sept. 24, 2021. She was there with her parents David and Delvona Hugee-James, both alumni of UMHB (2018 and 2019 in engineering and social work), and her 3-year-old little sister Ava. Her father David was watching her play on the bungee apparatus while her sister Ava and mother Delvona were at the Petting Zoo, also on King Street that afternoon.
Tony Vriseno, Jr. of Temple takes a family photo of the Garcia family in the photo booth on King Street at Homecoming WeekendÕs game with Hardin-Simmons University on Sept. 25. Garcia family members are L-R: Victoria, Jason, Johnny, Eli Day, Chris and Juanita.
Three-year-old Kashton Williamson slides down a bouncy at the carnival on King Street during Homecoming WeekendÕs celebrations for the game with Hardin-Simmons University. Kashton was with his parents Myra (UMHB alumna, 2017) and Derrek (alumnus, 2014) Williamson of Temple.
Fans perform a wave back and forth during the game on Homecoming Weekend as the Crusaders played Hardin-Simmons Sept. 25, 2021.
The Crusaders started out a little slow in their Homecoming game with the HSU Cowboys, but picked up speed by the second half to win the game.
The Crusaders take down a HSU Cowboy in their Homecoming game at Crusader Stadium on Sept. 25, 2021.

The Homecoming football game, Sept. 25, 2021. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor against Hardin Simmons University.

Author: The Bells Staff

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