The Ole Miss football team is off to a 2-0 start and Warren County High School graduate Kataen Shockley has been cheering the Rebels to victory from the sideline.
As a member of the Ole Miss dance team, the Rebelettes, she traveled to Atlanta for the Ole Miss season-opener, a 43-24 win over Louisville.
Kataen, a freshman, was on the sideline this past Saturday for her first home game in Oxford, a 54-17 thumping of Austin Peay.
“My first game day experience in Oxford was nothing short of amazing,” said Shockley. “Performing in Atlanta on Labor Day in the Mercedes Benz Stadium was surreal, but being in Oxford was beyond my dreams.”
Shockley was a standout member of the Pioneerettes during her high school career. She also had a chance to display her dance skills in Dream Reality Group plays at Park Theater and during talent shows.
“For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of continuing to dance on the sidelines in college and 6-year-old Kataen’s dream came true Saturday,” she said. “Performing on the sidelines for Ole Miss on our home field for the first time at Vaught-Hemingway is something I will never forget. The tailgating, Walk of Champions, Grove show, parade, and dancing on Hollingsworth Field were amazing. I almost cried I was so excited.”
To add an extra layer of sentiment to an already emotional day, Shockley’s first home game on a college sideline came on Sept. 11.
“Game day being the 20th anniversary of 9/11 made the emotions so much higher,” said Kataen. “When the fireworks went up and the helicopters flew over at the end of the National Anthem the tears were hard to hold back. I cannot wait to be back on the field this Saturday to cheer on the Rebels against Tulane!”
Ole Miss plays the Tulane Green Wave (1-1) this Saturday with a 7 p.m. scheduled start time. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin says the Green Wave should be treated like an SEC opponent after they lost to No. 3 ranked Oklahoma 40-35 in Norman.