On October 2nd, 2020 the teams from both Baylor and McCallie met in Finley Stadium to continue the tradition of the Baylor-McCallie Football Game. And while the game may have not had a favorable outcome for Big Red, it ultimately signaled a larger victory for the sport.
The Baylor defense was able to hold off the McCallie offense for the greater part of the 1st Quarter, keeping McCallie from making a touchdown for eight and a half minutes. McCallie went on to dominate the remainder of the 1st half, making the score 0-26 at halftime.
Following performances by cheerleaders from both schools and an arrangement of songs by Queen by the McCallie Marching Band, Baylor’s offense found their strength and scored a touchdown 4 minutes into the 3rd quarter, unfortunately followed by another McCallie touchdown before the end of the game. However, in one final push, Baylor managed to score one last touchdown with 5 seconds left in the game, making the final score 14-33 in favor of McCallie.
While for Baylor fans and students, this may not have been the most favorable outcome, this was an important milestone for sports during the Covid-19 pandemic. Months ago, the question of whether or not there would be a football season was something countless fans were asking, but on that Friday evening roughly 4000 people-- students, alumni, and other fans, gathered in one stadium for a classic football rivalry. Thanks to masks, social distancing, and the hard work from medical professionals, we were able to enjoy a school tradition. And while circumstances both on and off the field may not have been ideal, we must remain hopeful for better next year.