We love ya. We love ya. We love ya.
It was a mad dash to the spirit bus from the high school as students desperately tried to stay dry. Rain had been falling for a while now, and the forecast left little hope for clear skies. However, it did not put a damper on the laughter and cheers of the Bearcats on their way to the Owensville football game on August 16, 2016, starting at 7:00 p.m.
This was Owensville’s Homecoming and that only served to increase longstanding tensions. Both schools have strong teams, and there was no doubt that this matchup would be a tough game.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight. We knew they were talented. They were fast, but our game plan was good," said Hermann quarterback, Andrew Budnik (12).
As the bus pulled into Owensville, the Bearcat spirit squad elbowed their way off of the spirit bus, into the rain, brandishing a mix of ponchos and umbrellas. The game was just getting ready to begin.
After kickoff, the Owensville Dutchmen quickly marched their way onto the scoreboard with 20 points after the first quarter. When halftime came around, the score was 26-6 in favor of the Dutchmen. The rain had not let up, but the spirit squad was in it for the long haul.
“The rain made me want to go home,” Symantha Fredrick (11) recalled. “I honestly thought we were going to lose. I was cold, I wanted hot chocolate, and I was soaking wet. But I rode the spirit bus, so I couldn’t just go home!”
The spirit squad’s solidarity paid off as the third quarter proved a change of pace with the Bearcats scoring eight points to the Dutchmen’s seven. Jillian Kolbe (12) and Ms. Muench led the charged student section. Everyone was on their feet as the final seconds ticked away. No one complained about the rain as the Bearcats clawed their way back on the scoreboard.
“I knew that if we had thrown in the towel, then our boys would’ve felt like no one was behind them. We had to rally the troops and go down fighting. It was awesome. It’s hard to describe. Words can never express the magnitude of what was going on. I’m never going to forget that,” said Kolbe.
After a valiant comeback effort, the Bearcats lost 44-45 and left the field to a chorus of “We love ya. We love ya. We love ya..” from the cheering section.