The mood of Homecoming all depends on the outcome of the football game it is planned around.
For Brazos High School, Friday night's Homecoming game was a good night, with the Cougars winning 21-14.
"It's a district win. A Homecoming win," Brazos head coach Ryan Roecker said. "We've been the underdog in every game we've played this year, and tonight took every ounce of effort that our kids had. It was very nice to get it done in front of the home crowd."
Brazos extends its winning streak over Danbury to six games.
Coach Roecker noted the quality of play from his seven seniors Friday against Danbury: Hayden Pearson, Jared Demny, Alex Grijalva, Lance Garbs, James Butler, Dillon Artega and DJ Lewis.
"Our seniors as a whole stepped up," Roecker said. "Demny played a hell of a game, especially with me calling the offense tonight."
Pearson and Lewis were vital to stopping the Danbury rushing attack. Butler had a big catch to extend a drive while Garbs sealed the victory with a late interception.
"The seniors rose to the occasion," Roecker said. "Each one of them carried the bucket."
The seven-point margin was the tightest win for Brazos over that streak, with the next closet game coming last year at 28-8.
"It was a battle," Roecker said. "It was what we expected. They are big and strong. We knew it was going to take a team effort."
"What we talked about (before the game was) if you doubt yourself, then don't walk out of this locker room. If you doubt that we will win this game; if you're going to make your block; or if you're going to make that catch, then don't walk out. Any group that is fractured by doubt won't be successful no matter what you're doing."
The victory ends a three-game skid for Brazos and gives the Cougars a much-needed win in District 14-3A DII.
Brazos improves to 2-5 overall while the Cougars are 1-2 in District.
Brazos will travel to Van Vleck next Friday. The Leopards lost to Tidehaven 24-0 on Friday night.
"After East Bernard, every game for us is a playoff game, to be honest," Roecker said. "That is the approach and mindset we need to have."