Tech football coach Dewayne Alexander encouraged his players all season to play “their” game and to stay focused.
“This football team has continued to practice and do the things that we’ve asked them to do and in the face of a lot of adversity they come back every week. Every Monday morning we’re on the field at 7 a.m., in meetings and those types of things,” he said.
It payed off for the team on their homecoming game against Murray State University on Nov. 3.
The Golden Eagles won their first game of the season with a score of 27-24 bringing their season record to 1-8.
The game kicked off with a homecoming parade that started in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby and marched up North Dixie. The parade included area high school marching bands, and floats created by student organizations. Between 50 and 60 groups participated in the parade.
Tech started the scoring off early with two touchdowns in the first quarter of the game.
“Starting fast really got us going and gave us the confidence for the rest of the game,” senior quarterback Bailey Fisher said.
Tech held the lead for the remainder of the half and went to the locker room at halftime up 17-7.
At halftime, Tech announced the winners of Mr. And Miss Tennessee Tech.
The winners were:
- 1stplace – Sydney Minnis and Connor Hall
- 2ndplace – Katie Black and Pete Ramsey
- 3rdplace – Johnise Jones and Kalen Berry
Alpha Delta Pi and FIJI won the overall homecoming competition which included the float and banner competitions that took place during the week leading up to the game.
After the half, Murray State University fought their way back into the game, but Tech answered the bell and ended the game with a win.
“These guys have answered the bell every week. I told them, as long as you continue to answer the bell—good things will happen,” Alexander said.