Homecoming is a time to relive memories, reflect on where it all started, get together with old classmates and friends, tell some stories. Maybe they get exaggerated over the years, but that’s all part of the fun.

Xavier High School’s Homecoming Football Game is one of the highlights of the fall sports season. There are few better views than looking out over Middletown to the west from Larry McHugh Field on the Xavier campus.

A pregame reception for alumni generally is held in the Music Suite, which overlooks the athletic complex, including the football field. That is yet another great view as you look out from high above. You might find the first football coach, Larry McHugh, back for a visit. He had the vision for what Xavier football could be. You might find former athletic director Tony Jaskot, who helped McHugh carry out that vision as a quarterback.

For current players a win on Homecoming carries with it a special feeling. And, as teammates for life, makes for better stories. For the band, it’s a time to put pep in everyone’s step. For current students it is a game you want to be at, getting to know friends and classmates better, building those bonds that last a lifetime. It’s one of those things that inevitably years later leads to those memories that so often start with “Remember when …”