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Fans from both sides pour in for Camellia Bowl pep rallies

It has been a jam-packed week of excitement for both teams playing in this year’s Raycom Media...
It has been a jam-packed week of excitement for both teams playing in this year’s Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Dec. 14, 2018 at 10:23 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It has been a jam-packed week of excitement for both teams playing in this year’s Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The players have been exploring the Capital City all week leading up tomorrows big game. Friday, both Eastern Michigan and Georgia Southern got a chance to get hyped up ahead of their game tomorrow with their families and fans.

“What are you going to say? There’s Eagles everywhere,” said one fan.

And while only one Eagles team will win this year’s Camellia Bowl, both had a pretty big cows to amp them up the night before.

Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts said he was expecting the kind of turnout he saw at Friday’s pep rally at The Shed.

“Ain’t no surprise to me. I knew they was going to show up,” he said.

Band, cheerleaders, and fans of all ages and talents were on hand.

Also excited were the 11 Eastern Michigan players who are now officially college graduates. A special ceremony was held for those 11 players who will miss the ceremony taking place Saturday, game day.

“I thought I would be graduating from our convocation ceremony in Ypsilanti but this has been an awesome experience," said Eastern Michigan senior wide receiver Lemar Harris. “I can’t even put it into words.”

Harris' parents said they would not have missed it.

“It’s bittersweet. We’ve been doing this for about four-and-a-half years, and we’re just delighted to be a part of it,” said Myran Harris, Lemar’s mother.

Memorable moments, proud parents, spirit squads. It all culminates and reaches its peak at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Cramton Bowl. That’s when Georgia Southern and Eastern Michigan will play each other.

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