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Katie Linsey

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October 30, 2014

Homecoming Week

October 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)

Enjoy!

-KT

Samantha Moore

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October 28, 2014

Be: Homecoming Queen

October 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

Guys,

Homecoming week is over… what do I do with my life now?! Here are a few pictures from the past week for y’all to enjoy:

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This is Jorge! We walked together for Homecoming court and ended up winning together! He makes a pretty handsome King if I do say so myself, he is a RA on campus!

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This is Lippi! He is my best friend! We went to high school together and he came to MNU when I was a sophomore to play soccer! Since he came here we have had multiple classes together and finally introduced ourselves even though we already knew each other. And now, we are best friends. He is so great to me and always encourages and supports me. Love you Leapster! 
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This is the squad also known as ASG! Luke, Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Kylen, Duby, Josh, Lauren and then me! We spend a lot of time together and sometimes too much time. I love each and every one of them though and could not imagine my senior year without them.

eddieThis is Eddie! I talked about him in a previous post, any who he was up for Homecoming King for seniors this year. It was also his first year to go to Homecoming. It was a blast!

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This is one of my best friends Lorena! We have gotten so close over the past two years she has been here and I am so glad she came into my life. I would not survive MNU without her and she brightens up everyones day! This was at the Bon Fire and Car Bach that we had.

stacy homeocmingLove this girl! This is Stacy and I talk about her a lot! She is one of my roommates and I am so glad we went to Homecoming together because we had so much fun! Senior year would honestly not be the same if she was not in my life constantly. We are always hanging out and are always either going to sporting events together or watching sporting events! Anyways, I LOVED MY DRESS!

 

Comment and I would love to chat!

Sammy

 

Mariah McCommon

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October 26, 2014

Homecoming Craziness!

October 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hi y’all! Yes I said y’all cause I’m from Topeka, Kansas and I just love the word.

Like all of my blogger friends have said, it has been a crazy Homecoming week! Homecoming is always a fun time of the year. Each day of the week we had themes and I’m now going to tell you what they were:

Monday – 90’s/Demin Day

Tuesday – Favorite Disney Character (I was Elsa, just picture it)

Wednesday – “We wear pink on Wednesdays”/Boys wore black

Thursday – Western Day!

Friday – Favorite sports team day (Royals of course)

 It was so much fun to see all the different costumes and people having a great time with it! What’s even better is the weather this week has been close to absolutely perfect. I’m currently sitting outside in the beautiful, eighty degree weather and I love it.
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I did not attend the Homecoming banquet, but I did go to the car bash/hoedown on Thursday and failed at dancing every single time. I just cannot dance. It’s so sad. The only song I could actually dance to was the Cha-Cha Slide and that’s because the song tells you what to do. I still got to wear my boots, though! I ended up going home Friday after classes so I missed the banquet at Uptown, but from what I heard, everyone that went had a blast.

Saturday was my favorite part… the Homecoming football game!! Gosh I love football. It was against Baker and it was a well-played game by both teams. We tied the game 27-27 and went into overtime. We pulled through and got the final touchdown winning the game 34-27. It was a happy moment for us Pioneers. I’m the kind of girl that will stay until the very end of the game even if it’s pouring down rain or -5 degrees outside. To all who left early, you missed out on a great game!

Later Saturday evening was our last Homecoming event at Emerald City. It was a gymnastics place that was pretty much an adult playhouse. Like, jungle gyms and everything! It was legit. They had a gigantic rock wall, a foam pit, a carpet slide, and trampolines! My favorite part was the foam pit. I left with a headache and now I have a million bruises all over, but it was totally worth it.

Overall, I had an amazing week and I hope you all did as well! I’ll leave you with a little advice… it’s very wise to have a phone case. I’ve gone an entire week now without a phone because I dropped it on cement outside the dorms. It was tragic. But if that’s been the only struggle this week, I can live with that. So, don’t take off your phone cases ladies and gents! You will regret it.

Do something crazy this week and enjoy it!

 

Aaron Merrell

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October 26, 2014

Good Nights

October 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

 

Hope you had a stellar week! I’ve been helping out with a few of the homecoming events, which has been SO much fun.  A lot of the events, and this evening, got me thinking about the fact that everything fun seems to happen at night: most of this week’s events, stargazing with awesome friends tonight, city events like the plaza lights. I could go on and on.

 

I have a mindset that business gets done during the day, and all the fun happens in the evening/at night.  Maybe I shouldn’t feel that way, and there is a lot of fun to be had during the day, but I am at my happiest at night-time.  Something about the darkness, or maybe it’s the stress of the day coming to an end, brings conversations, jokes, and just being with people to a different level.  Some people get crazy as they get tired, others grumpy, and still others just laugh, but it is so much easier to get to know people as the day comes to a close, though perhaps we feel this way because we can dwell on these things as we sleep afterward?

 

I’m not sure what brought this up, but I’ve been thinking a lot about it recently.  It seems like ties are made and severed after nightfall: making new friends, maybe losing some that made you emotionally unhealthy.  But, sometimes it’s just trying to figure out what’s still open late in Olathe, and packing up the car to head to McDonald’s or Waffle House, or just to drive because it’s free (kinda).

 

These experiences are something you can’t get back, hours well spent, so I encourage you to stay up late once in a while, study all day so you can stay up late, and just be with people.

 

That’s all I’ve got for this week, I hope you all are blessed as you live your lives this week, and I’ll see you soon!

-Aaron

 

Katie Linsey

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October 23, 2014

What is love? (Baby don’t hurt me)

October 23, 2014 | By | One Comment

I’ve learned a lot in my classes here at MNU. However, I think I’ve learned even more outside of the classroom. Between countless chapel services, small groups, and the communal living at MNU, God has taught me more than I ever thought possible. One thing God has taught me these past few weeks is what it means to love someone.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, love is “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.”

While I partly agree with that definition, I think it’s much more than that. While having breakfast with my wise friend JD Andrews this week, she explained to me how she views love as a choice. At first, I wasn’t sure if I completely agreed with her, but the more she talked about her decision to love people, it came together in my mind.

John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.”

So, what if we don’t feel a “strong or constant affection” for someone? Well, Jesus still wants us to love them the way He loves us. That’s why we have to choose to love some people.

I’m extremely grateful that Jesus calls us to love people with more than just our feelings. It’s pretty scary how quickly and drastically emotions can change in a split second. One day you may want to hang out with your best friend all the time, and then the next day you find that everything she does annoys you. One day you may be attracted to someone, and then the next day maybe you aren’t for whatever reason. Love has to be more than feelings and attractions because those things aren’t always reliable. We are not called to act on our feelings toward someone; we’re called to act in obedience to the commandment to “love one another.”

I don’t know all there is to know about this whole “love” thing (and I never will), but I do know one thing…

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”        1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Wow. That sounds like a lot more than a feeling or an attraction.

As I continue life here at MNU, I pray daily that Jesus will help me choose to love people like He does. When we love people with a love like that, we can start to better understand the unconditional love that Jesus has for us.

So, there you have it… one of the many lessons that Jesus has been teaching me during my time at MNU. I can’t wait to share more with you in the weeks to come! Now go love some people!

-KT

Fellowship with these friends has been such a joy. We have learned so much and grown so much together.

Mariah McCommon

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October 20, 2014

Midterms, WHAT?

October 20, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hey guys!

I’m a little late posting this week, but I promise I won’t leave ya hangin’ any longer! It’s been an eventful weekend involving buying a new laptop (which I absolutely love) and studying for midterms. YIKES.

It’s that time in the semester when us Pioneers are getting bombarded with beautiful midterm exams and stress levels out the wazoo. I am writing today to give some (what I hope will be helpful) tips on how to survive your first semester of college:

 

1) Make Friends! Community is important here at MNU because we all wanna love each other. This isn’t high school anymore so the whole clique thing? Yeah, leave that in high school. There are so many unique and fun personalities here on campus and it’s easy to find your place. Friends help take the ease off of the stresses of school because whether it’s a late-night Applebee’s run, messing around in Wal-Mart, or making use of open-dorm time, fun time is needed. But don’t abuse it!

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First football game!

2) STUDY! This is kind of important. This also ties into my next point too, but we’ll get there soon. Make time for yourself in your schedule to study. You may be able to study with a group or by yourself, but either way, do not forget to do it! I’m not talking half an hour, more like 3 hours per class. That’s a lot, but it’ll be worth it when you receive that A+ on that Pre-Calc test you’ve hoped and dreamed for your entire life.

3) Don’t forget to call your mother. She’ll want to hear from you because I bet she misses you like crazy. Just because you’re out of the house and it may seem like you’re suddenly free, you’ll find yourself maybe craving some parental advice every now and then (I know I have). Your parents know a thing or two about life and whenever you struggle with those silly boys or you have a test you’re freaking out about, they might have a bit of helpful advice for ya. Don’t take them for granted because they are there to help you!

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4) Nap time is the best time. Just like the studying thing, make time for a nice nap. It’ll save your life. Well, maybe not, but they help. Sleeping in general makes a tremendous difference in how your day goes. Nobody likes a being around a cranky person so get some sleep and you’ll rock the world.

5) DON’T PROCRASTINATE. We’ve all heard it before. It’s time to take it seriously. I still struggle with this, but hey, I’m learning too. Sometimes you have to say no to that late-night Applebee’s run every once in awhile in order to get your stuff done. If you have a test on Monday, don’t study Sunday night. Bad idea. I speak from experience. It’s just not smart. In high school, if you procrastinated, you could still do alright… In college, if you procrastinate or just not get it done, you’re done for. Good luck.

6) Eat. Gosh I love food. Just ask my friends, they’ll tell ya that I bring food to every class. Food just makes me so happy. Anyways, Campus Center is there for a reason, don’t skip meals or miss out on Bacon Friday. IT’S WORTH IT. And we can’t forget about Spicy Chicken Thursday either. Mmm. Delish.

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*mouth waters*

7) Exercise. Don’t stop reading just cause I said the “E” word. Freshman 15 is a thing and if you don’t want it to be a thing for you, venture on down to Land Gym and get a nice workout in because food babies grow fast. With all that good food in Campus Center, you’ll need a solid hour of exercise each day, unless you’re an athlete. I won’t even talk about how much they exercise. Yeesh.

8) PRAY. God’s got you. If you’re struggling with something, simply let Him know. Life will get you down, even here. That test you’re stressed out about? Give it to Him. That girl or boy who doesn’t notice you? Don’t worry, God’s got the right person in mind for you. Want to quit your job? Ask God to give you grace and patience and maybe a better attitude going into it. Prayer helps because as alone as you may feel, God is available 24/7 to listen to what you need.

That’s all I have this Sunday, but I hope you lovelies have a fantastic week ahead! Stay gold!

Aaron Merrell

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October 19, 2014

Road Trip!

October 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys!

Sorry this is coming at you a day late, but I hope everyone is having a great weekend- it’s the last day of fall break for MNU students and I’ve had a great time.
School breaks or even weekends can be a great time to get to know some friends better- by having them come to your hometown or you going to theirs.  It’s so fun to see all of the places in their hometown your friends talk about, meet their family and friends from back home, and get a home cooked (free and delicious) meal!
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Having friends over to see my house when we need a break from the non-stop busyness of the campus is a great time to connect with them, but going out of town to someone else’s house is amazing, and that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.
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This weekend, my friends Rico, Taylor and I all packed up into Grace’s car and headed to Carthage, Missouri for their annual Maple Leaf Festival.
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We got to have fun with her family, eat smoked ribs and chicken, stay up late and watch movies, and even go to a haunted house in Joplin, Missouri. The Maple Leaf events were exciting as well- we saw an almost three hour parade featuring some great marching bands, saw a band festival/competition, and got to do some great people watching.
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We’re on our way back to campus today feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester, ready to see all of our other friends, and ready to talk to them about their fall breaks and ours.
I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll see you this weekend!
Aaron
Katie Linsey

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October 16, 2014

Metamorphosis

October 16, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

I’m a firm believer that God uses His creation to speak to us and teach us. My favorite thing to do is go out in nature and spend time in His presence. My heart always expects Him to show up, and He always does.

A few weeks ago, God used the idea of metamorphosis to remind me that I have been transformed. When I gave myself to Christ, I gained a new identity.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV)

I was walking back from dinner one night with some friends and found a huge green caterpillar crossing the sidewalk. Long story short, it ended up in my dorm room inside a Starbucks cup. The next morning, I woke up to find it inside its cocoon.

That day in my Environmental Biology class, we spent the entire period catching and tagging Monarch butterflies. I couldn’t stop thinking about my caterpillar and how it was going to completely transform into a butterfly (or a moth) in a few weeks.

“How is that even possible? How does a caterpillar make itself a cocoon, live in it for weeks, and then come out with wings and fly away?”

There were so many questions running through my mind, and as I would stare at my caterpillar’s cocoon in my room, I couldn’t help but think that this is a metaphor for our lives.

The moment that I fully surrendered myself to Christ and decided I wasn’t going to live for myself anymore was the day that I was completely transformed. Sure, I looked the same on the outside, but not on the inside. The way I lived my life from then on was completely different… and still is.

My priorities changed. My friends changed. My schedule changed. My desires changed. My passions changed. Everything changed.

As I look at the cocoon in my room and then walk outside to see Monarchs flying around campus, I am filled with joy knowing that Christ has the power to transform us into new and beautiful creations. It doesn’t matter where you came from or where you are now. God has the power to transform anyone.

A lot of people think my fascination with nature is weird. I could watch bugs crawl around for hours. I love collecting leaves because I think they’re so cool. I enjoy laying down in the grass, not even caring about how many bug bites I’ll get. I’m not really scared of bees because I think they’re pretty. When I find something in nature that I’ve never seen before, I will most likely try to find out what it is… and it’ll bother me if I don’t. I think nature is an adventure.

I love nature so much because it’s the rawest form of God’s creation. I have come to know and understand Him more deeply by spending time in His work of art. He creates and cares for the smallest, seemingly insignificant aspects of this earth. I think that’s awe-inspiring.

My challenge to you this week is to set aside time to be in nature and let your mind wander. Talk to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Bring a journal and doodle or write about what you experience. Bring your Bible and read your favorite Bible verse. Enjoy the moment.

I hope you’ll set aside time to do this, and if you do, I want to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment sharing about your experience. I promise you won’t regret it!

-KT

My caterpillar crawling on my homework. He’s so cute!

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My caterpillar’s home. (He made his cocoon before we could transfer him to an actual bug cage.)

Haley Raydo

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October 12, 2014

Advice Session 4: Take Your Walk to the Next Level

October 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Now if you know anything about me you will know that I love to give advice.  I mean LOVE it.  That is in fact what I am studying to be (I am majoring in psych because I want to be a counselor).  I am really passionate about seeing people come into their own potential in what God wants to do in their lives.

So if you have read any of my blogs last year I did a few Advice Sessions so I thought why not? (shoulder shrug).

I wanted to give you a few things that have really helped me grow in my faith.  Obviously there are reading your Bible, praying, going to church– the basics– but these are the things that have helped me grow beyond the mediocre and what I would advise any one of my friends.  So here are a couple:

1.  Taking time out of my day to sit and be quiet.  I have so much noise in my life– talking and listening, classes and studying, working and interacting, music and my slight obsession with Grey’s Anatomy (don’t watch it if you want to be or continue to be a diligent student). Even when I am praying I am quick to talk and not listen and be quiet.  I think we miss out on God sometimes because we are not quiet enough or slowed down enough to wait and listen.

2.  Join a small group! Seriously they are great! I was in one my freshman year here at MNU and again this semester.  They have helped me grow so much in the last couple years.  From being able to being accountable and being consistent, to building community and fellowship–they are all important.  ALSO MNU has several great ones! Gert involved in that community aspect of this school!

3.  Surrounding myself with people who encourage me and bring positive and godly life!  Don’t underestimate the power of some godly friends.  Through any situation they are there and they are great.

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4.  Walk out in the gifts God has given you.  I think so often I am quick to pass up on opportunities, or I think God won’t use me.  Or I think I am only limited to a particular gift God has given– but then I put God in a box.. By praying and figuring out my gifts I have been given, and working on letting them develop by using them– I have grown so much more! Don’t just sit around asking God to fill you when He has already given you gifts and wants you to step out and use them to serve one another.

This is a piece of song I am working on (This is me trying to step out in the gifts God has given me) and it has to do with point of in not forgetting your first love.

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5.  Finally the lesson I am learning this year– if you do all these things: join small groups, surround yourself with good influences, walk out in service and gifts that challenge you and take you to the next level– but forget the very reason you will lose it.  Don’t forget your first love

This is just some practical advice from my own experience that has helped me take my walk to the next level.  Hope it helps you too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Luther Okeyo

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October 12, 2014

Man What a Game!!!

October 12, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

 

In case you didn’t know, the MNU FB team beat Missouri Valley 21 to 17. We played at Arrowhead Stadium (YES WHERE THE CHIEFS PLAY!!). Missouri Valley was the #7 ranked team in the country. While we weren’t even ranked. Not a lot of people besides the MNU faithful (Shoutout!) gave us a chance to win that game. This game had everything, as every rivalry game should. One of the coolest things about the game happened before the game started, we were the home team so we got to stay in the Chief locker room, it was amazing being able to get an inside look on what NFL players experience every day.

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This picture still doesn’t do the the Chief’s locker room justice. I mean…. You basically had to be there yourself.

After getting my wits together, thats when I went to go check out the field. Walking down the tunnel was amazing, you think it can’t get any better until you hit the field.

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Yea I’m not going to lie, I went crazy with my snap chat today, but hey who wouldn’t right? But my snapchat story was like 400 seconds. Sorry but not sorry.

The hallowed field of arrowhead. There is so much history on this field that I can’t even try and explain it. I was so intimidated by it. I guess you could say I could feel the Chiefs’ mystique, from Len Dawson throwing TD passes to Otis Taylor, Derrick Thomas sacking Dave Kreig SEVEN times, and Jamal Charles running wild today. (You could tell I studied up on my Chiefs history before this game.)

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Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest stadium in NFL and I got to play there.

Of course you know everybody on the team went crazy and took a lot of pictures.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I'm glad to call these guys my brothers.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I’m glad to call these guys my brothers.

Finally I got that paparazzi mode out of me, it was time to focus on the task at hand. But I had to sneak one picture in.

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I mean can you blame me

As we are getting ready for game and the team is lining up to hit the field. We were told the seniors were going to be introduced. That was so freaking amazing. To hear my name called and introduced, I mean I can’t even describe how I felt. I couldn’t even talk and was barely even able to function.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cold as this.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cool as this.

The game is was amazing. The game was shown on ESPN U and ESPN 3 (Shoutout!). My mom recorded the game, so when I go home, I’m going to reliving that game all over again. The game had it all, great defense, hard hits, huge plays on offense, that moment in every close game when you need to dig deep inside yourself and leave it all out on the field, and our team did that. We took every  punch that Missouri Valley hit us with, and then knocked them out with a few of our own.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Wesley Foryoh, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Wesley Foryoh, I call him Wes, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

The receivers step it up this week and made big plays all day. I couldn’t be more amazed at how we played. Top to bottom, we balled out. Of course you know it wasn’t all offense, our defense played their guts out, giving Missouri Valley fits and beating them down all day.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a couple huge pass breakups including the one to ice the game for us.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a huge pass breakup that iced the game for us.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would've thought he didn't play because he was so clean.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would’ve thought he didn’t play because he was so clean.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka  Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka
Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

When the game clock had the triple zeros on them, I just lost it, I couldn’t believe it. We won, and in one of the scariest, greatest, and most heart stopping ways possible. I couldn’t control my emotions, I just started crying all I could think of is my aunt and her struggle with cancer. How strong she is and how she fought her heart out and won. I will never forget his day for as long as I live. A once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing.

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer