The Mooresville Pioneers entered Friday riding a 4 game winning streak but were unable to get win number 5, loosing a hard fought game to the Decatur Central Hawks, 38-28. The scoring did not get started until the second quarter with the Hawks striking first, quarterback Parker Harrington hit Jordan Miles from 6 yards out (PAT good- Jamie Maldanado) to go up 7. The Pioneers answered the DC score with a touchdown of their own, quarterback Karson Goodman hit Jon Eineman for an 85 yard touchdown (PAT good- Christian Swigert) to tie the ball game at 7.
Decatur Central would take the lead with 2:20 to play in the half on a 4 yard run by Harrington (PAT good- Maldonado), Hawks- 14 Pioneers- 7. Mooresville did not flinch and panswered with a 5 yard James Mabry Jr touchdown run (PAT good – Swigert) his first of three on the evening, and just like that the ball game was tied at 14. The half looked as if it would end at 14 a piece but the Hawks were able to score just before the half concluded on a 3 yard run by Kenny Tracy (PAT good- Maldanado) with 26 seconds on the clock,
Decatur Central – 21 Mooresville – 14 at the half.
Decatur Central opened the third quarter with the ball and put together a nice drive but the Pioneers defense battled hard and held the Hawks to 3 when Jamie Maldanado hit from 27 yards out to extend the Hawks lead to 10. Mooresville next drive stalled and the Pioneers punted on 4th and 9 giving the ball back to the Hawks on their own 49. The Hawks would score on the next play with Harrington hitting Jason Allen on a 51 yard touchdown pass (PAT good- Maldanado) Hawk- 31 Pioneers- 14. Mooresville continued to put up a fight and keep the game in striking distance.
James Mabry Jr rushed for his second score of the night from 7 yards out (PAT good- Swigert) to draw the Pioneers to within 10, 31-21. Mooresville’s fortunes looked as if they were turning in their favor when Hayden Vaughan recovered a Swigert onside kick giving the ball back to the Pioneers on their own 44 down 10. After moving the ball to the DC territory the Pioners faced 4th and 5 and were unable to convert, turning the ball over to the Hawks on the DC 38. The Hawks faced a 2nd and 11 when K. Tracy scampered 41 yards (PAT good- Maldanado) for the DC touchdown to put the Hawks up 17 with 1:59 left in the third quarter.
Mooresville started their final drive of the third quarter at their own 26 yard line and culminated in a 1 yard James Mabry Jr touchdown (PAT good- Swigert) to draw the Pioneers to within 10, 38-28 with 12 minutes to play. That’s they way the ball game would end as neither team would score in the fourth quarter giving the Decatur Central Hawks the win, 38-28 moving their record to 4-1 (2-1 Mid State Conference). With the loss the Pioneers drop to 4-1 (2-1 Mid State Conference) and will face Franklin Community (Homecomig) at home next Friday, September the 21st at 7pm.
The Mooresville Pioneers show up week in and week out ready to compete and this week is no exception. Mooresville football is exciting and is a great Brand of football that set the expectations high. Stay tuned, the Pioneers have just begun to scratch the surface on what they can accomplish this season and into the future. Thank you to all the parents, families, students, friends, and Administration as well as the Town of Mooresville for the support, it is very much appreciated. The fan support at Decatur Central was outstanding and we look forward to seeing everyone next Friday for the Homecoming game vs. Franklin Community.
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Karson Goodnan 202 yards passing
James Mabry Jr. 70 yards rushing
Jon Eineman 120 yards receiving
James Mabry Jr. 3 Touchdowns
Jon Eineman 1 Touchdown
Christian Swigert 4 for 4 PAT’s
Gavin Evans 11 total tackles
Kamden Schmitt 10 total tackles
James Mabry Jr. 7 total tackles
Jackson Klemm 7 total tackles
Augie Newkirk 1 QB Sack
Hayden Vaughan 1 Fumble Recovery
Gavin Evans. 1 Forced Fumble