Revved up to out-cheer the Aggies, 18-year-old Adam Stovall and about a dozen of his fraternity brothers answered the Texas Tech women’s soccer coach’s call for assistance.
Stovall said he and members of Delta Sigma Phi had just come off three nights of camping in Tech’s Raiderville, a student-led tent village, when they and hundreds of others heeded coach Tom Stone’s call to support the women’s soccer team against a rumored threat Texas A&M fans planned an anti-Tech demonstration during Friday night’s game in Lubbock.
“We wanted to come out here to support the team,” Stovall said.
And they did so with their voices, forming a cluster in the middle of packed bleachers and yelling such chants as “Raider. Power” and “Sheep! Sheep! Sheep!” — a seeming attack against the Aggies.
Stovall and his friends said they weren’t concerned about leaving a bad impression with the dozens of A&M fans wearing maroon in a thousand-plus-person sea of red and black in Tech’s John Walker Soccer Complex.
“We want to send them to the (Southeastern Conference) the right way,” said Christopher Partain, a 25-year-old fellow Delta, a reference to the Aggies’ impending departure from the Big 12 Conference.
Several A&M fans at Friday’s game and planning to see today’s football matchup between the universities said they weren’t intimidated by the taunts.
“I expected it to be worse,” said Charlyn Hohman. “But maybe they’re being nice because I’m a woman out here by myself.”
Jessica Leiva, 19, agreed Tech’s fans weren’t as rowdy as rumored.
“The crowd doesn’t seem to be that bad,” she said.
Despite wearing an A&M shirt, Hohman said she hadn’t been taunted by any Tech fans during the first half of the game.
Hohman had her own taunting message for the Red Raiders. Her maroon shirt’s off-color message, which also insulted the Longhorns, did the talking for her.
“I had a few Tech fans tell me they like the shirt,” she said.
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