Reunion week ended with the Midwestern state’s victory over western New Mexico 52-10 and the coronation of the Reunion King and Queen at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 30.
“The reunion is the big event on campus. Homecoming week is exciting [as is] the football game and wonder who is going to be crowned king and queen. The Homecoming hype makes you want to hang out and hang out on the last day you have to get out, ”said Rey Nuñez, president of Tau Kappa Epsilon and senior in psychology and art.
Different organizations had food, games and fun for the tailgate celebrations before the football game. Students and alumni were in the separate area of the Memorial Stadium parking lot to cheer on the Mustangs. The Omega Delta Phi chapter showed the visual representation of the bond that unites members with the “ride”.
“Tailgating is so much fun because you get the chance to interact with friends and see new people, but the ride is what we do best. We also had different sororities walking around with us. deltas and walking around with us so it was good to see everyone dancing and having fun, ”said Jayden Johnson, Omega Delta Phi fraternity member and senior art.
The cheers and music continued and allowed the different organizations to interact and play games. Cornhole tournaments and music filled the atmosphere, while others socialized and prepared for the football game.
“Seeing everyone here was the best. I got to socialize and see people playing cornhole and being with my brothers. We were all ready for the game, but the most fun is definitely being back and being surrounded by other students, ”said Nick Cerniauskas, kappa sigma member and head of criminal justice.
As tailgating drew to a close, announcements of the football match could be heard from the parking lot coming from inside the stadium. Everyone packed their bags and headed inside to watch the game.
Midwestern State started early on WNMU. Quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole (No.6), senior in sports administration, passed to Kylan Harrison (No.17), wide receiver and senior in sports and recreation, for a 73-yard touchdown in the first game offensive. On the next possession, Sterling-Cole found Ja’Juan Mason (No.9), wide receiver and sports and recreation rookie, for a 55-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
“The touchdown was good. I don’t get them too often. I loved it, ”Mason said. “It was an incredible feeling to see everyone applauding. I felt like I was at home. I’m from Allen, Texas and feel right at home here at MSU. Last year homecoming didn’t happen but coming home this year loved it. The whole week was what college is supposed to be. It was awesome, ”Mason said.
The Mustangs increased their lead to 21-0 before the end of the first quarter when Sterling-Cole passed to Ja’Marzeyea Arvie (No.3), wide receiver and sophomore criminal justice, for a 4 touchdown. yards. Then, an 18-game practice that lasted 8:04 for 78 yards, ended when Jalen March (No.21), running back and freshman in education, ran the ball for 2 yards, carrying the score at 28-0.
“We had some big games. We’ve had a bunch of big plays and when you get big plays you hit fast. Obviously Jackson had a big run, March had a big run, freshman [Jayden] Moore had a big sideline pass, ”said coach Bill Maskill. “It was a bunch of big team games and especially the big 18 game disc.”
Halftime started with the MSU band playing Prince’s’ Let’s Go Crazy ‘and The Beatles” Come Together ‘and ended with a drums line as they walked the field. The coronation of Homecoming King and Queen was announced as Dallas Torres, Senior Management Information Systems, as King and Acelynn Medrano, Senior Respiratory Care, as Homecoming Queen.
Harrison opened the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, then the Mustangs continued to rack up points to bolster their lead. K’Vonte Jackson (No.1), running back and senior in kinesiology, hit a 72-yard touchdown and quarterback Neiko Hollins (No.14), quarterback and sophomore kinesiology student, found Moore for an 85-yard pass to make it 52-0 into the fourth quarter. The MSU defense made six turnovers, including four fumble and interception recoveries by Dylon Davis (No.16), defensive back and sophomore criminal justice, and Khalil Finley (No.7), cornerback. and senior in mass communication.
“The interception went well because it’s good to be able to have fun and contribute to my team,” said Finley. “The atmosphere in Homecoming is the best. The energy in the stands was exceptional.
Junior nurse Justin Guillory (No. 22) led the Mustangs with seven tackles. Other defensive players Melik Owens (No. 4), defensive end and senior in business management, and Zed Asowata (No. 90), defensive lineman and junior in sports and recreation, made saves on the defensive front.
“Overall it was a fun win for everyone. Fans and players. We wanted to be able to do what we did tonight. We said that was what we were going to do and we did it, ”Maskill said.