2018 Season in Review by Peighton Noel
Stats sourced by mhspioneers.com
The Pioneers kicked off the season on Aug 17 with a 46-7 win against Lebanon.
Mooresville began the away game with a fired up offense, and an equally superior defense.
“We’ve prepared really well. We all worked really hard over the summer,” senior Jon Eineman said.
Eineman put three touchdowns on the board. One of Eineman’s touchdowns was ran for 63 yards.
The season opener set a good foundation for the rest of the season for the Pioneers.
A week after the season opener, the Pioneers carried the momentum from their first victory to Danville, Indiana.
Mooresville’s defense held their ground in a head-to-head battle with the Warriors, keeping Danville in an even scoring match.
Junior Brayden Evans showed his power through a 60 yard touchdown. Shortly following, senior Karson Goodman connected with Evans on a 57 yard pass for another Pioneer touchdown. The final score was 28-26.
The next hard fought battle led to a win against the Plainfield Quakers.
Senior James Mabry put up three touchdowns, keeping the score up for the Pioneers. The final score was a ten point difference of 52-42, improving Mooresville’s record to 3-0.
The lights lit up for Mooresville’s home opener on another rainy Friday night, resulting in a 49-14 victory for the Pioneers against Greenwood. The winning streak caused a spark in the community.
Mooresville started the game by putting up 21 points in the first quarter, while their defense held the Woodmen scoreless.
The Pioneers ended the first half ahead 35-7, maintaining the Greenwood offense and only allowing one other touchdown.
The Pioneers took their first defeat of the season falling to the Decatur Hawks; however, the score maintained close.
The boys only trailed by ten with a final score of 38-28. The scoring surges stayed between the second and third quarters, and the first and final are left with no new scores from either side.
Franklin Community (Homecoming)
Blue, gold, and school spirit surround the campus during the week leading up to Homecoming Friday. Finally the day came, and the brewing excitement exploded in the stands.
The 2018 Homecoming was no exception, and it bursted on the field just as much.
The Grizzly Cubs began the game with the first few points on the board, but the Pioneers defense held them the rest of the game allowing only two more touchdowns.
Sophomore Hayden Vaughan had a fumble recovery, and junior Adrian Diop intercepted a pass from Franklin’s offense.
In addition to the successful performance of the defense, the offense showed up with a final total of 55 points.
“Winning is a byproduct of doing things the right way. I think that if you do things the right way, the winning takes care of itself,” Running Back Coach Chris Stevenson said.
The game ended with a winning score of 55-21.
The game started even with a 0-0 finish to the first quarter. The draw remained in the second with a score of 7-7.
After the half, Whiteland stepped up, scoring seven points, but the Pioneers evened up the game. In the remainder of the competition, Mooresville only allowed a field goal, bringing Whiteland in a three point lead position.
Mooresville’s offense persevered for the final outcome of a winning 21-17 score. Goodman, Mabry, and Eineman teamed up in the last two minutes to score the winning touchdown.
Martinsville 8 (Home)
On Oct 5, the Pioneers stepped up on home turf, prepared to take on the Artesians, confident after a victory at Whiteland High School.
The game started even at 7-7, the Pioneers scoring again to gain the lead in the second quarter. The game was full of highlights, but the fourth quarter held the highest number of memorable plays.
The Artesians tied the game at 21-21 in the last 4 seconds of the game. The Pioneers had to make a decision on fourth down with the ball on the 28 yard line.
Mooresville decided to send senior Christian Swigert to the field in an attempt to win the game in the very last seconds.
“I just stayed confident in myself and knew I could make this kick because I make it everyday at football practice. I work hard in practice for moments like that,” Swigert said.
The crowd stayed quiet leading up to the kick. In seconds, the kick was good and the Pioneers had beat the Artesians 24-21.
The Curry Crazies stormed the field to celebrate a Pioneer victory, and the rewarding “M” trophy.
Perry Meridian (Senior Night)
The Pioneers ended the regular season with another win. For the seniors, their last regular season career ended with a 8-1 winning record.
“We take each game one game at a time. We try to go 1-0 each week and don’t think about the next week,” Stevenson said.
The game was a sweep with a 51-21 triumph over the Falcons. In the midst of the game, seniors Goodman and Mabry managed to set records.
Goodman set the record for Mooresville High School’s Career Passing Yards. Along with Goodman, Mabry broke the record for single game rushing.
In the recent weeks, Mooresville has defeated Beech Grove and Richmond in the first two rounds of sectionals. The Pioneers have now advanced to the Sectional Championship game taking place on Friday, Nov 3. The game is at Mooresville against the Greenwood Woodmen.