When the Indians and Cowboys face off on the football field November 8th, it will be history in the making. The 2013 Frontier Bowl will mark the 50th year Harlandale and McCollum have battled each other. It will be an especially intense match up as the overall record now stands at 24-23-2. Harlandale could jump ahead by two games but a McCollum win would tie it all up. Either way, bragging rights are up for grabs. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 4002 Roosevelt.
In honor of the rivalry’s 50 years, the district would like to recognize all Harlandale and McCollum football players and coaches who took part in a Frontier Bowl. Former athletes and coaches are invited to purchase a ticket for the game and then participate in the pre-game ceremony. See this flyer for more information. You can also call the HISD Communications Office at (210) 989-4355.
Tickets for the big game go on sale Monday, November 4th beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Athletics Office, 1201 96th St. Reserve seats cost $8 each and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If there are any tickets available Friday after 1:00 p.m., they will be sold at the ticket offices on either side of the stadium. Only students will be allowed to purchase student tickets on campus.
The community is invited to tailgate prior to the big game. If your tailgate will require a heat source, such as a barbeque pit or electric warmers, you must have the appropriate type of fire extinguisher on hand; no alcohol is permitted; and participants are required to clean up after themselves and leave their area free of any trash. For more information on rules, guidelines and setup locations, contact the Athletics Office at 210-977-1645.
The highly anticipated and sought after 50th Anniversary Frontier Bowl t-shirts are now on sale at each campus by the Athletics, Spirit and/or Band Boosters.
You can purchase your HHS Athletic Booster shirt at the concession stands during the freshmen and junior varsity home football games, varsity home or away games and at the pep rallies. The week of the Frontier Bowl, students will be able to purchase the shirts during lunch outside the cafeteria. Cost is $10. For more information, call Michael Guevara at 210-289-8374 or Becky Gonzalez at 210-363-4538.
The Harlandale High School Spirit teams ordered 150 shirts with their own design, but they have sold out.
McCollum’s Athletic Booster shirts are on sale at school from 3:45-4:30 p.m., at all varsity home games and junior varsity home games. The boosters will also be selling the t-shirts at Don Pedro’s restaurant on October 19th, 26th, and November 2nd. Cost is $15.
McCollum’s Band Booster shirts are also $15. You can purchase one by emailing MCHS_spiritcommittee@hotmail.com or go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mccollumband.boosters.
There are several weekday events which lead up to the Frontier Bowl. One of the first ones takes place first thing Monday, November 4th. The spirit squads from both high schools join forces to turn the atrium at Central Office into a tunnel of maroon, green and gold. Each school also holds its own events.
· Monday, November 4-Twin Day
· Tuesday, November 5-Hawaiian Day
· Wednesday, November 6-Neon Day
· Thursday, November 7-Jinx Day
o PowWow, Cafeteria, 4:30 p.m.
o Night Pep Rally, HHS Football Field, 6:30 p.m.
· Friday, November 8-Maroon Out
· Monday, November 4-Jinx Day
· Tuesday, November 5-Twin Day
· Wednesday, November 6-Mix & Match Day
· Thursday, November 7-Cowboy/Cowgirl Day
o Night Pep Rally, MHS Football Field, 6:30 p.m.
· Friday, November 8-Green Out Day
The first Frontier Bowl was played in 1964. That year the Harlandale Indians beat the McCollum Cowboys 19-0 and the very first possession of the game set the tone for the game. Quarterback Pablo Garza threw a touchdown pass to Robert Garza.
Since then, the event has evolved into a beloved tradition. Young and old can be seen together on game day mingling, laughing and tailgating. Men who once sported green and gold now wear maroon and gold because their spouse, son, grandson, cousin, niece or nephew plays or is from Harlandale. The game itself as well as all the festivities leading up to it has developed a life of their own. Come game night, the stadium turns into a standing room only environment and the thunderous cheers can be heard for miles.
Few other high school football rivalries have spanned the years like the Frontier Bowl. The Bay City vs. El Campo rivalry is the oldest at 103 years but HHS vs. MHS is now the oldest high school bowl game in San Antonio. The Gucci Bowl which pits Clark High School (NISD) against Churchill High School (NEISD) has been going on for 29 years.