By: Kayla Hendershot, Aubryanna Lee, and Chinyere Godfrey
Editor-in-Chief, A&E Editor, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Hammond’s annual Homecoming Game marked the beginning of the end for Spirit Week for the Golden Bears, and the team was dealt a tough loss at the hand of the Wilde Lake Wildecats, finishing 43-0.
Despite the loss, the Hammond community came together to enjoy the game and honor new inductees into the Joe Russo Athletics Hall of Fame. Former teachers and students returned to catch up with classmates and colleagues. “I saw someone from 2012 when I was at the game, Duane Echols, and I was his sponsor. I walked by and he called me by my maiden name, which I hadn’t heard in a while, and I was excited to see him, and he will be helping coach JV basketball so I will look forward to catching up with him.” Said Mrs. Osborne.
Homecoming games are very important to Hammond because they get the students even more excited for the rest of the football season. The coaches and the team were excited all week to see how the game turned out. Fans can see the school come together as a whole when generations of the Hammond family come out to support the Golden Bears. It is great to see faculty members, students, and alumni at the game to show their support and cheering the team on. “The homecoming game gets us in the spirit for homecoming and brings the whole school together as one. Everyone should’ve been there to cheer on the Bears,” said Senior Tayla Julius-Khumbah said.
The Hammond Bears definitely proved their spirit at the Homecoming football game, but before the game even began, the parade kicked off the day, bringing Hammond and the community together. “Every high school is and should be a positive force in the community. It gives people a lot of pride to see the students commitment to the parade every year,” said Freshmen Administrator, Mr. Seibel. The parade displayed the student involvement in various clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities, including the years homecoming court and royalty. Everyone in the parade sang and danced to the music and cheers led by the band and cheerleaders, that got everyone pumped up for the homecoming game to come. “Many people were excited about everything like the band and other stuff. It brings the community together and make them more aware of what’s happening at Hammond.”
Every year, its not only high school students and staff who look forward to the parade- it’s the kids. As the parade marches down the Hammond area, tons and tons of kids living in the neighborhoods, watch in wait of hurtling candy coming from the parade. “The kids at the parade were crazy for the candy,” says sophomore Claire O’Rourke. “There was a kid who followed us the entire stretch and he probably got all the Laffy Taffy I was throwing!”
Hammond’s homecoming parade and game brought Hammond together as a community, despite the win or loss that occurred on the field. The Hammond football team was defeated by Wilde Lake 42-0 on Saturday, dropping the team to a 6-1 overall record. The team will next play this Friday afternoon against the Howard Lions. Senior Chase Gray, remains confident that the team will recover from the loss and improve over the course of the season.“We can’t take back the fact that we are where we are,” he said. “We play Howard next week, we’ve got to win. We play Centennial next; we’ve got to win. That’s the only thing that will make a difference.” The next home game is Friday November 2nd, and its the Hammond Senior Game. Gather your friends and family and enjoy a memorable day at the stadium in support of the Bears!