...and Black. These were the colors of our rivals in high school. They were just 15 minutes down the road in another small town which shall remain nameless. Their mascot was a dog. The specific breed shall also remain nameless.
You know how small towns and football go together. The entire town comes to the game on Friday night. And knows most of the players personally, or at least only through one degree of separation! I was in the pep band so I went to EVERY SINGLE home game. Of course I had to, but I still went to every game when I was going to community college and still living at home! We even went to away games when they weren’t too far away, which is saying something because our league is spread out over a good third of that state and we aren’t a small state! But our rivals were close. And we went to every game that we played on their field as well. And had our own red and gray section to oppose their orange and black.
Which also led to some pranks. Serious pranks! Like the one year that we beat them 49-0 on our home field. And then next year when we were at their field and it was their homecoming.... someone had gone and poured gasoline on the field so that it killed all the grass in the outline of 49-0. And to be honest I can’t even remember if we won or not! In retaliation they came and killed the grass in front of our high school in an outline of the initials of their school... except they forgot that both schools names start with the same letter! So we liked to think we were a
little smarter than they were!
But then again I didn’t like it when someone from our school went and set the wooden carved statue of their mascot on fire. It was pretty pathetic looking at that little dog all charred. I felt bad for them. But I suppose it was partially retaliation for them lighting off our homecoming bonfire a night early one year previous.
Being the pep band geek that I was I never actually got involved in any of these stunts or really knew who pulled them off. And to be honest I actually had some friends (gasp!) from this school as well. I don’t know if any pranks have gotten out of hand in the last few years, but I know the rivalry still goes strong! When one of our beloved teachers (and a football coach!) took a job at their high school I didn’t know what the kids would do! But in the spirit of community they went down on the night before school started, (with permission!) and decorated his new
classroom in red and gray. Just so he wouldn’t feel too out of place in his new school!
Hi, I’m Krista from Welcome to Married Life. I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane – especially as this past week was homecoming at my old high school! Now I write about my life as a mommy to 6 month old Cory, complete with silly pictures! Come visit!
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