Chicago Football Classic: CSU Beats MVSU but Fans of Both Schools Win

CAPTION: Central State University Quarterback Alec Lewis (16) attempts a pass against linebacker Fred Harris (35) and the MVSU defense. (Photos: Tacuma Roeback)

The Central State University Marauders triumphed over the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils, 24-21, in the 25th Annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field. 

But for those of you who have never attended an HBCU, the football game is so much more than the actual score. It’s a family reunion, party, concert and a cookout. Long lost alums reunite, and others bring their children to expose them to this HBCU cultural staple.

And Saturday at Soldier Field, the vibe was no different. Because on top of the outcome of that game, everyone in attendance was eager to see the result of another consequential on-field contest — the band battle between the two schools.

Spoiler alert: The Chicago Defender can’t decide who won because we enjoyed what each marching band brought. 

The only judgment we can render is that we’re pretty sure everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves. 

Here are some sights from the CFC:

Chicago Football Classic Co-Founder Everett Rand (foreground) with Mayor Brandon Johnson and former Mayor Richard M. Daley.


Mississippi Valley State University alums were out in full force and in “uniform.


Chalance Williams, a proud CSU alum, shows off one of his shirts that were for sale at his booth.


Mr. and Mrs. Central State University and members of the Royal Court before they enter the Soldier Field stands to enjoy the Chicago Football Classic.


The horns of the MVSU Delta Devils Marching Band play from the stands.


The horns of the CSU Marching Band line up to enter the stands.


MVSU Offensive Line Coach Jalen Samuel rallies his unit during the first half of the Chicago Football Classic.


Members of the CSU Cheerleading squad on the field during the CFC.


Members of the MVSU Cheerleading Squad and Band pose on the field during the CFC.


A member of the CSU Marching Band beckons MVSU band members for a band battle in the stands.


The CSU Marauders take the field for their halftime show.


Cynthia Hughes Hannah, the first woman Drum Major in MVSU Marching Band history, leads the band off the field to close halftime.


Members of the MVSU Delta Devils Marching Band exit the field after half time.

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