Back in Black pep rally brings back the spirit


Danny Tajimaroa

Lancer Dancers take to the floor to perform their routine during the morning pep rally for the Back in Black game. Fox 5 News was there to air footage of the team and the crowd showing their Lancer pride.

At 6:45 a.m., hundreds of students clothed in black for the annual “Back in Black” football game filled the new gym to show their school pride on Fox 5 News. With performances from the Marching Lancers, Lancer Dancers and Varsity Cheer team, the student body collectively brought energy even in the early hours of the day.

“The band was prepared for this pep rally and had a plan set in mind beforehand because of our three hour practices,” senior band member Conner Shaw said. “We were hyped up to perform for the school. We have so much pep and dedication in band; it’s crazy.”

The band continued to play the fight song throughout the morning, while the drum-line gave energy to the loud crowd. The noise in the gym paired with the spectacles of the cheer and dance performances captivated audiences at home watching the Fox 5 news broadcast.

“It was extremely exciting to perform for the school because we worked hard all summer,” Lancer Dancer captain Tiffany Smith said. “We are very excited to perform at more pep rallies and upcoming football games. We love to support Carlsbad and show our lancer pride.”

The new 2014-2015 ASB set the bar high for the rest of the year by orchestrating this last minute pep rally for the football game. With a televised pep rally, the stakes are higher because of the large at-home audience watching all of the performances and movements from the loud crowd.

“This year, we are going to have a lot more pep rallies like this one — that are very big and put together,” senior Abby Penrod said. “ASB is expecting a lot more of our students to show more school spirit this year and participate in the events we put on.”

This “Back in Black” pep rally not only fired up the student body, but also excited the football team for the first home game. The Lancers took on the Lincoln High School Hornets last Friday and won 45-0.

“The football team feels the enthusiasm and the support of the student body, and they want to perform for them,” football coach MacNeal said. “I think our team is ready to play.”

This pep rally brought together the students and faculty and set the tone for the rest of the year.

“I love the school spirit and the energy in this gym right now,” senior Nikki Silverman said. “The Loud Crowd is going to bring a lot of screaming and a lot of loudness to all the events. Everyone should look forward to that.”