Frontier Bowl celebrates 55 years

55th Annual Frontier Bowl

Nearly 10,000 administrators, teachers, students, family members and community members gathered at Memorial Stadium for the 55th annual Frontier Bowl on Nov. 2.

To kick off the big game, the Harlandale and McCollum choirs teamed up to perform a remarkable performance of the national anthem.

Despite the cold weather, the Harlandale Indians and McCollum Cowboys battled with determination and showed terrific team effort. The excitement in the stadium was palpable as both teams made magnificent catches and runs, as well as incredible passes.

Ultimately, the Indians defeated the Cowboys with a 54-0 win!

The mascots, marching bands and school chants captured the true essence of the game, which is the Harlandale community coming together as one big family.

In honor of the longest-running high school bowl game, both high schools took part in several traditions throughout the week leading up to the game.

The cheerleaders and dance teams decorated central office in all things maroon, green and gold, campus leaders came together at the traditional “Round Up” event at McCollum HS and each school hosted fun Nigh Pep Rallies.

Tailgating is definitely one of the most popular traditions that gets better each year. Barbeque pits and vehicles were spread out among both parking lots as smoke from the fires were grilling up tasty food items such as turkey legs, fajitas, sausage and burgers for all to enjoy.

The inaugural Big Bib BBQ Rib Eating Contest, sponsored by HESA, also took place during the tailgating.

Harlandale ISD also introduced the five new members of the Harlandale ISD Hall of Fame in front of the home crowd. The inductees are Harlandale HS alumni Javier “Jay” Mora and Antonio “Tony” Soto Jr., McCollum HS alumni Jacob Garcia and Terry Raley, as well as community service honoree Esequiel “Zeke” Mendoza.

A big thank you to both teams for another memorable Frontier Bowl!

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