As the Helias Homecoming week festivities are coming to an end, one of the premiere events still to happen is the football game. The Helias Crusaders (3-4) will face the Kirksville Tigers (3-5) for their homecoming game which is different from all other games. This year, Helias celebrates 60 years of being a school.
“There’s a lot of tradition behind it,” said quarterback Chandler Luebbert.
The homecoming game is more than just a football game with alumni returning from around the country to watch their alma mater.
“Homecoming adds more pressure due to all of the alumni coming back to watch the game,” said Logan Roling, running back.
Also, the focus at practice and during the game during homecoming week changes.
“The atmosphere of homecoming just makes the week so much more fun and brightens everyone’s spirits,” said Caleb Albertson, left tackle and defensive end. “It fuels the fire to beat the opponent you get to play even worse that what you would have done before.”
Coming off a loss to Rockbridge, Helias needs to focus on making plays and scoring touchdowns.
“Our biggest strength is our run game, while our passing game is developing,” said Roling.
Kirksville’s record almost matches Helias’ record but the Crusaders have faith that they can win.
“We can’t take Kirksville lightly,” said Albertson, adding, “but I’d say we will put up some numbers on them.”
The game is this Saturday, October 8 at Adkins Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.