10/21/2013

Personal Homecoming Note

                                                              Disclaimer
This is a purely personal post, not related to my normal postings about stress management, self-care, life coaching tips, mental health or Biblical Studies. This is a post about me and my life. feel free to ignore this completely or feel free to welcome this post and learn more about me and my real life experiences. Thanks.

                                                           Pre-Homecoming
This summer, when I was signing up for my last counseling intensive at Liberty University, I noticed that Homecoming weekend was right before my intensive, so I made plans to go to Homecoming. I also noticed that Liberty was playing Coastal Carolina, a small school my sister went to.
                                                                 Homecoming
Homecoming has come and past. On Friday afternoon, I get into Lynchburg and get homecoming food. I meet some new people and watched the Liberty Men's soccer team beat  Presbyterian College.
Saturday, I found the library and borrowed a book that I needed for the week. Next, I watched the Lady Flame volleyball team beat Coastal Carolina in 2 straight matches.
Once I got out of the Vines Center, the Homecoming parade started. After the parade, I enjoyed more tailgate food at the alumni tailgate party.
                                                                     Good
This what followed was one of my favorite moments of the weekend.  As I was just chilling on the back porch of the Hancock Welcome Center, overlooking the tailgate party a series of events took place. First i was just enjoying the weather and the student bands that exchanged sets on the stage in the back of the carnival. Then all of a sudden, the student leadership of Coastal Carolina marching band came near me. I started some small talk with some of them. They seemed nice enough. The event got better. We all noticed that something was happening on this back porch, so me, the Coastal Carolina band and other by-standers had to move out of the way as the full Liberty Marching Band, the "Spirit of the Mountain," lined up on the back porch of the Hancock Welcome Center and I had a front row experience of a beautiful  performance by Liberty's marching band.
                                                                      Bad
Next, right after this teaser, I went in to the football game: Coastal Vs. Liberty. A great match-up and rivalry. Even though there is a 6 hour drive between the schools, the match-up has become some sort of key rivalry in the Big South. The game started out awesome! A lot of scoring, especially for Big South schools. At one point, Liberty had a 3 score lead. At halftime it was 28 to 13, Liberty's lead. Unfortunately, Coastal got the score to 45 to 37 in the fourth quarter. They made a key stop on 3rd down and Liberty punted to Coastal. There was under 2 minutes on the clock, so I felt pretty confident. Although, as with the entire game, there was little to no defense in this game. After converting on a fourth down play, Coastal took the ball down the field and got a touchdown with 30 seconds left on the clock. "No Big Deal," I thought, they still need a two-point conversion. Coastal snapped the ball, quarterback had too much time. The Liberty rush came too late. The quarterback threw the ball to the open receiver and ow the score is tied up. Time for overtime.
                                                                       Ugly
Coastal wins the toss. They elect to play defense first, a smart move. Fortunately, the Liberty running back gets the hand-off and breaks through a few tackles, makes a hard cut-back at the five yard line and is able to break-away for the touchdown. Coastal gets the ball, and the Liberty defense has a key 3rd down opportunity. Instead of stopping Coastal, they get in the end-zone. So we enter the 2nd OT. Coastal starts with the ball first this time. Liberty stops them on 3rd down this time and Coastal kicks a field goal successfully. Now the crowd is going wild. We have the ball, a TD wins the game, a field goal takes us into the 3rd OT.  We have momentum and excitement!
First down and is an incomplete pass in the end-zone for the win. Second down is a rushing play for a few yards. Third down is another incomplete pass. So no big deal, the kicker can make this kick. The ugly: the snap is down the kick is up and it is blocked by the Coastal Defense. Game over. Coastal comes in and ruins our homecoming weekend. I was so disappointed I walked around the campus for an hour and completely forgot about going to the observatory later that evening.

                                                                Post-Homecoming
It was an exciting game. Liberty had so many opportunities to win. Good job Coastal. This was really disappointing though and the biggest thing I wish had changed out of all the things that occurred during this homecoming weekend. I meet some cool people and had a lot of fun. Now it is time to focus my attention on my intensive class, this week.