TSU fans enjoy a day at the game

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 28, 2001

News Editor

There is nothing quite like homecoming day at Troy State University, and despite the cold fans were still there tailgating and cheering the Trojans on to another victory.

Homecoming not only brings out the hometown fans, but out-of-towners can often be seen hanging around tailgate tents visiting with former classmates, friends and family.

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This homecoming was no different.

Marla Aldrich was in town for Saturday’s game from Birmingham.

"We come back every year to see our friends," Aldrich said. "We have a wonderful time at the parade and tailgating, and the game is always great."

From nearby Ozark Fletcher Reaves and his family have been to the last three TSU homecoming games.

"My wife is a TSU alumnus and we come out to show our support for the Trojans," Reaves said. "We love tailgating and really enjoy the bands. And we’re enjoying watching TSU move forward."

Hometown fans don’t take for granted what TSU means to Pike County, and many have made a tradition out of Trojan football and homecoming.

Dimple Gilbert, who is not only a TSU fan, but also a TSU employee, said she enjoys the atmosphere the games bring to town.

"It’s a time to see people you haven’t seen in a long time," Gilbert said. "You never see as many people as you see at TSU homecoming. This year is even more special because the Trojans are doing so well."

Becky Bassett of Troy is a familiar face at Trojan Terrace and at the football games.

"I come to all the games," Bassett said. "We are here to support TSU and see people we never get to see any other time of the year."

Even though homecoming day at TSU was cold from the parade during the morning until the game during the afternoon, Mike Rose said the weather is part of what he enjoys.

"I’ve lived in Troy all my life and I am a big supporter of Troy State football," Rose said. "And I enjoy being with friends and enjoying the beautiful south Alabama weather."