JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – With the Arkansas State football team set to host Idaho in its Sun Belt Conference opener Saturday at Centennial Bank Stadium, the Red Wolves' Homecoming events leading up to the game continued Thursday night with a bonfire coordinated by the A-State Student Activities Board (SAB).
Held in conjunction with the bonfire, the SAB's event also featured a "Yell Like Hell" spirit competition where student organizations had the opportunity to put their school pride on display. Each group was judged in appeal and school spirit, creativity, originality, crowd appeal and adherence to theme.
"This is a great event to transition from the excitement of the week to the big Homecoming game," said Arkansas State University Assistant Dean of Students and SAB Advisor Natalie Eskew. "The opportunity the students have to show off their school spirit and hearing comments from Coach Anderson gets everyone excited for a Red Wolves' victory."
SAB also sponsored numerous food trucks at the bonfire, including Elbys, Lewis BBQ, Ice Cream King and BA Burrito. DJ King Vick emceed the event and provided music as well.
"I think this year really solidified what a tradition 'Yell Like Hell,' the food trucks and bonfire really has become," said Elizabeth White, a senior political science major from Pine Bluff, Ark., and member of the SAB. "I was so happy to see the diversity of the students that came out and enjoyed the event!"
Arkansas State is 59-27-1 all-time in Homecoming contests. The Red Wolves have won 11 of their last 12 Homecoming contests, including their last four in a row, dating back to the 2003 season. A-State had a seven-game winning streak snapped in 2010 with a 34-24 setback to Louisville, but has since knocked off North Texas, South Alabama, Idaho and Louisiana-Monroe in its last four Homecoming games.
"One of the great things about college football is the tremendous pageantry that surrounds it, and tonight's bonfire was a perfect example of that," said A-State head football coach Blake Anderson. "The Student Activities Board put on a great event tonight and it's something our football team, campus and community rallied around as part of Homecoming week. We're looking forward to the energy this event generated carrying over into our game against Idaho this Saturday."
With the completion of its regular season non-conference schedule last week, the Red Wolves have now turned their attention to Sun Belt Conference play after winning the league crown three times over the last four seasons with a combined 25-6 record. A-State is 1-1 at home this season and has won 22 of its last 26 games at Centennial Bank Stadium.