Raycom Media Camellia Bowl teams enjoy sights and sounds of Montgomery

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl teams enjoy sights and sounds of Montgomery
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There are just three days left until the 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

Wednesday, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee took some time out to enjoy the city of Montgomery.

The Middle Tennessee Blue raiders chowed down a barbecue dinner catered by Dreamland at the Union Station Train Shed.

"I give it a nine," said Jovante Moffatt.

Visiting Montgomery is a first for most of the Blue Raiders.

"I enjoyed the RiverWalk and all the scenery you have downtown. I saw the state capitol building and that was exciting," said Malik Manciel.

For Middle Tennessee freshman Jakerrius Wyatt, who graduated from Autauga Academy, it's a homecoming of sorts.

"They always joke around about coming back close to my city. But it has been great and they have been enjoying themselves," said Wyatt.

Across town Arkansas State laced up their bowling shoes at Bama Lanes.

"I can't bowl under pressure. I am not clutch," said Marvis Brown.

The Red Wolves were equally impressed by what the capital city has to offer.

"We went to the Hank Williams Museum. It is a nice town. I have never been to Alabama before. It is a good experience," said Justin Dutton.

In the midst of all the food and fun of course Saturday's big matchup is top of mind for both teams.

"So far we are feeling good. Just to be in this bowl game is something special for the team and lets us send the senior out on a good note," said Moffatt.

"I am ready to watch us win. So it will be a good game. Middle Tennessee is a good team," said Dutton.

Thursday both teams will get a tour of the Rosa Parks Museum, first Arkansas State at 9 a.m. and Middle Tennessee to follow at 10 a.m. After that, at some point in the day, both teams will hit the gridiron for another day of practice. That evening the Red Wolves will chow down at the barbecue dinner while the Blue Raiders will look to leave a few strikes behind at Bama Lanes. At 7:45 p.m., there is an Executive Director's Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel.

Friday is the day before the game. This year Gene Stallings will be honored at the Alabama Football Legends Banquet some time between noon and 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee will get one final walkthrough at Cramton Bowl and then will have its Bowl Game press conference at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl. The Red Wolves will have their final walkthrough at 4 p.m. and its bowl game presser will follow.

Pep rallies for both teams will take place at the Union Station Train Shed. Middle Tennessee's pep rally is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Arkansas State's pep rally is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Montgomery Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. beginning at Dexter Avenue and continuing to Commerce Street.

Saturday, several fan and tailgating events are scheduled to take place leading up to the 7 p.m. kick. Both teams will have one final pep rally prior to game time. Both teams will be at Patterson Field, with Middle Tennessee's rally coming first at 4 p.m and Arkansas State's to follow at 4:30 p.m.

The two teams will finally hit the field after a week of preparation at 7 p.m. That is the kickoff time set for the fourth annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN.

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