Fronter Bowl to Mark 50th Anniversary
air was cool and crisp November 8 while barbeque pits around Harlandale
Memorial Stadium flared with smoked food. Football fans young and old
played and mingled while music blared from speakers. The scene is a
common one at the annual Frontier Bowl game day, but this year felt
different. This year felt special and it was.
you walked around the grounds you could talk to people who came from
all over Texas and even further to see old friends, classmates, or
family and celebrate 50 years of the rivalry between the Cowboys and
come every year, camp out for tickets, and being the first time for the
50th, we just wanted to come out here and have fun,” said Jerry
Rodriguez and his friends, graduates of Harlandale High School Class of
Principal Bill Hall, who was a graduate of McCollum High School, shared
what the game meant to him, “The Frontier Bowl means the end of the
season, the biggest game of young men’s lives. It means the community
getting together and having a great time. I try to make it every year, I
played in two and won both of those.”
was such a big game, families started camping out as early as 5:00 p.m.
on Thursday. As game time neared, the crowds grew even larger, topping
11,500 in attendance.
50th [Frontier Bowl] is historical and at my age I may not see another
one in my life. I came out here to support the school district, and
enjoy and make the best of it. The competition is great,” said Manuel
Perez, Harlandale High School graduate, Class of 1970.
those who had never attended a school in HISD couldn’t help but get
wrapped up in the excitement. Henry, a soon to be stepfather to McCollum
football player Ray Anthony, enjoyed the whole experience, “It’s just
wonderful.” Yvette, Ray Anthony’s mother, added “It’s fun and family
oriented and he’s [Ray Anthony] a senior so this will be our last
Frontier Bowl with him.”
hundreds of men in attendance, they knew that feeling all too well.
They reminisced about their days on the field and came back this one
night to help commemorate 50 years. Before the game kicked off, each got
to step foot on the turf one more time for a special ceremony.
high school bands also joined forces for a special half time ceremony
where they formed a 50 and played all longtime favorite, “Oye Como Va.”
Harlandale’s much better record, the Cowboys put up quite a fight.
After taking the lead in the third quarter, the Indians came back to win
27-17 and secured a playoff spot. They also increased their overall
Frontier Bowl record to 25-23-2. The game may have been over but the
spirit lingered on.