More Than A Game — From left to right, Tyshone Gaines, Bishope Apodaca, Lati Moala and Ben Puafisi all gear up for the football game by breaking through a homecoming banner.

After losing their Homecoming game in the final seconds on Oct. 26, Fremont Tigers rallied for more school spirit and a Haka dance as well as fan appreciation at Curt Flood Field.

The post-game tributes were the finale to two weeks of spirit boosting in an extended Homecoming celebration.

Senior football captain and homecoming king Bishope Apodaca summed up how many players felt about the homecoming efforts.

“I’m proud of the school and my team for all the school spirit we showed that week,” said Apodaca. “It really helped us perform against Tech. We lost, but we fought hard for our school.”

The Tigers lost 17-14 by a game-winning field goal in the last 20 seconds.

While the game was tied 14-14 deep into the fourth quarter, Tiger Ben Puafisi intercepted a pass on the 35 yard line and ran it home. After two referees signaled it was a touchdown, the last referee called it off.

The Tigers were first down and inches away from the touchdown. Quarterback Azel Grasty Jr threw the ball to Apodaca, it was intercepted by the Bulldog defender.

The football game came after two weeks of festivities. The first week was Spirit Week, which included Twin Day, Nerd Day, Safari Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Green and Gold Day. The second week featured the homecoming rally during advisory on Oct. 25.

Originally, the Homecoming game was against Skyline on Oct. 19, but it was postponed by Coach Terry Hendrix.

At the rally, homecoming royalty was announced. Homecoming Lady and Lord were Janelis Munguia and James Grasty, Duchess and Duke were Susie Gallo and Tyshone Gaines, Princess and Prince were Edith Quintero and Azel Grasty, and King and Queen were Bishope Apodaca and Maile Tauaho.