MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Southern Heritage Classic is underway.
Kicking off the festivities with the Battle of Bands.
In unison, the Dynamic Sounds of the Wolfpack Pound marched onto the White Station football field.
The Cordova High School Band is one of many in the 33rd Annual Southern Heritage Classic Battle of the Bands.
“It’s such an honor to be here to cel rate in all the festivities,” said Lapetria Rhoe, a fan.
Rain poured down on bands and fans, but that didn’t stop many from landing the long-standing tradition.
After everything that has happened, it’s great to have something positive around,” said Loreal Rhoe, a fan.
With this possibly being the last Southern Classic, fans are taking in every moment.
It’s been a tough week for Memphis but Saturday, residents got out to take a breather for the 33rd Annual Southern Heritage Classic at Simmons Bank Memorial Stadium, formerly Liberty Bowl Stadium.
“When anything is going on in this city and things look down, it always takes the community to come together as a whole, and there’s strength in numbers,” said Mike Singleton.
Law enforcement has been on full patrol as it battled some of its toughest crimes yet.
As Memphis recalls recent criminal events, Saturday marked a day to come together in numbers, strength and love.
“It did cross our minds, but we still have to push forward. We have to show everyone that we can come together and have a good time,” said Brian Hewitt.
The day started with rainy skies, but we found out even questionable weather couldn’t stop an unyielding crowd from maintaining their weekend plans.
“We are going to be out here. Even though the weather was bad, we still showed up in numbers,” said Nikita Miller of Memphis.
Saturday could mark the final game played between the two teams, Jackson State University and Tennessee State University.
This follows JSU’s decision to terminate the agreement.
Meanwhile, tonight’s final, 16-3, JSU.
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