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Homecoming game to match Bulldogs with Marquette Catholic

Avery Woolard
Bulldogs run out before the game against Anna-Jonesboro on Aug. 25.

Students and athletes are excited for the upcoming homecoming game. 

The varsity Bulldogs earned their first win of the season against Anna- Jonesboro Friday, Aug. 25. They followed that with a Sept. 1 loss to DuQuoin and a shut-out win against Pinckneyville last weekend. 

The Bulldogs will compete against Marquette Catholic High School for homecoming. Varsity head coach Matt Griffith says he is excited about the game against Alton-Marquette. 

Marquette has a record of 1-2 this year. The Explorers are coached by Eric Dickerson. 

“We have never played them before, however we are just glad we got a team to play us,” Griffith said. “They have a history of having a really good program, along with a good culture in football.”

While the Bulldogs have attained their first win of the season, Griffith said that they have some weak spots that they need to work on to improve their overall team. 

“We need to improve the special teams, along with making our extra points after scoring. We have practiced and conditioned a lot trying to improve this,” Griffith said. (Senior) Trenton Price has done an overall good job at getting everything collected and pushing through the hard points.”                  

The Bulldogs struggled with their offense last year, and Griffith believes that they’ve improved a lot from it. Besides improving their offense they have made some big improvements in being explosive.

“From last year to this year, has definitely been clicking better together and being explosive. Our defense has definitely been in rebuild after losing our seniors last year,” Griffith said. 

Football has become a big part of some athletes’ lives. Senior Karmello Downey said football has taught him many things, how to become a Bulldog.  

“Football has taught me many things, mainly, how to lead, build a family and keep it together. Being a Bulldog means having a second home, here and with the guys,” Downey said. 

During half-time the Marching Bulldogs will be performing. Senior Ali Hankins is completing a second year as one of the drum majors. 

“I feel honored that I get to lead such a successful band,” Hankins said. “I get to spend time with my closest friends. I’m super sad this is my last year leading the bulldogs, but we still have a bunch of exciting things ahead.”

HHS has a background of being a powerful football program. In 2000, the Bulldogs went to the state and won the championship. Downey said he wants to leave a mark like this.

“I want my mark on HHS to be bringing the glory back to Harrisburg, the glory we used to have when teams would fear us when looking at their schedules. Being a senior is ecstatic. You’re a freshman one year, and the next you’re a senior. Time goes by fast. You’ll feel scared, but you’re prepared,” Downey said. 

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Riley Mize
Riley Mize, Staff Writer
Riley Mize is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her second year on the Purple Clarion staff. She participates in YFC and White Hats. Riley also likes to take photos, hiking and traveling.  After high school she plans on attending a university in Colorado, pursue her career in nursing and to become a nurse anesthetist.  “Allowing students to express what is going on in the world through stories and articles, being allowed to put their opinion in things if they feel a certain way about something, is really something I am grateful we get to do, and is also important.” 
Avery Woolard
Avery Woolard, Staff Writer
Avery Woolard is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion news production team. In her free time she loves to read, write, and loves to listen to various types of music. She is also employed at Sonic.  After high school Avery plans to go to SIC before transferring to Colorado Univerity of Colorado Springs to study psychology. This is something she is very passionate about.  “Student journalism is important in today's day and age it gives the students a voice and the ability to be heard, along with a better understanding of what is going on around them all the time.”

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    Monti JonesSep 14, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    The bulldogs are doing great this year along with the band. This the 1st year my granddaughter is a color guard. I’m really proud of her. My dad lived for the bulldogs until he passed away a year ago.