CROWN POINT | For Crown Point Bulldog football mom Sherri Hopman Thursday night’s traditional team spaghetti supper was fun but it was also bittersweet.
Her youngest son, Alexander, aka “Roc,” is a senior, playing his last season on the Crown Point team.
“It’s very sad,” Sherri Hopman said. “I can’t believe I am not going to be involved in this anymore. With Junior Bulldogs I have watched my kids play for 14 years. As moms we wonder ‘now what is next?’”
Members of the Bulldog varsity team continue to follow the decades old tradition of the pre-game night spaghetti dinners. Thursday’s dinner was held at the Hopman home.
The traditional supper includes pasta, chicken, breadsticks, salad and "puppy chow." Puppy chow is made with Chex Mix, peanut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla and powdered sugar. In prior years, the spaghetti was served in "dog bowls" with each player having his own bowl. Often the mom’s provide cakes decorated to honor the team.
After dinner team members played bean bag toss or gathered in groups to share camaraderie.
Roc Hopman said although he is excitedly looking forward to college it is nerve wracking at the same time.
“It is going to be fun but everybody is going to be going in different directions,” Roc Hopman said.
He said the team shares great camaraderie.
“We all get along,” Roc Hopman said. “These spaghetti dinners help a lot. They help with our team chemistry.”
Roc Hopman predicts a win in tonight’s game against Valparaiso.
“We are going to turn it around,” he said.
Quarterback Jake Jatis, a team captain and senior, said he loves the spaghetti dinners.
“I think it’s a great team bonding before the game,” Jatis said. “We all get to relax before the big stress of the game. I definitely enjoy them. We have all been playing together ever since we were little kids. It’s finally fun to use what we have learned in the past, to do it as seniors and hopefully make a run of this thing.”
Jatis is hoping for a Bulldog win tonight.
“It will be a good game,” Jatis said. “Valpo is definitely a good opponent but hopefully we come out on