One of the most important traditions in the college world is the week of homecoming. A time in which students of both the past, present and future celebrate the history of their schools and celebrate the memories they share on campus and their school spirit.
However, all eyes will be on the MInnesota State Univeristy Mankato Mavericks as they prepare for a Saturday match up at 2 p.m. in front of an eager crowd at Blakeslee Stadium. As they look to close out homecoming week with a victory over the University of Mary Marauders.
Last week the Mavericks would fall short against Northern State 22-23, giving MSU their first loss of the season. In what was looking to be a blowout loss, the Mavericks would mount a fourth quarter comeback back but would unfortunately fall short in the final minutes of the game.
The main storyline however has shifted is the position of quarterback for the Mavericks. So far this season we have seen the two sophomore’s Mitch Randall and Hayden Ekern be the leaders of the offense. However, a new challenger as seated himself in true freshman Camden Dean lead the offense during their comeback. It is unknown who will be under center for the Mavericks on Saturday but will be interesting going forward.
Putting that game behind them, they look to keep that same drive and hunger as they prepare to take on the Marauders. Even for his struggles last week, Mitch Randall still has his mind set on what is in front of him and looking to put last week behind him.
“We want to defend Blakeslee, especially since were celebrating its centennial season. However, the mind set hasn’t changed. We need to treat our opponents as equal and come with the mentality of winning no matter what.” said Randall
This time there is an added pressure to show out for everyone going into Saturday’s matchup at Blakeslee. In their home opener against University of Minnesota Duluth, they experienced firsthand the atmosphere of what Blakeslee Stadium could be like this year.
Students and fans packed the metal bleachers and available areas to support their Mavericks till the very end. However even for their large support and fanbase they will be getting; it shouldn’t be the thing that will distract them from the game at hand.
“It was cool to see the environment with all the fans. However, can’t let crowd affect your performance. You got to go out there and do your job,” said Randall.
“It’s super cool to see the support we have; it is going to be electric. However, there definitely is more of expectation and importance in going out there and fighting for a win and not leave disappointed,” said Randall
Header Photo: If the Mavericks bring home another win, it will tie MSU’s record (11) for consecutive homecoming wins. (Dylan Engel/The Reporter)
Write to Charlie Groebner at Charles.Groebner@mnsu.edu