Rewind 365 days, the Mooresville Pioneers had just defeated the Beech Grove Hornets
17-12 at Beech Grove to finish the 2017 campaign with a regular season record of 1-8. You may ask yourselves, what does one win in 2017 have to do with the 2018 regular season that just concluded with a 51-21 win over the Perry Meridian Falcons? Simply put, the
17-12 win over the Beech Grove Hornets on October 13, 2017 may have been one of the more significant wins in Mooresville Pioneers recent history. The Pioneers were 0-8 leading into the 2017 regular season finale, since the win Mooresville is 11-2 in it’s last 13 ballgames and continue to improve each and every week.
Fast Forward one year and Senior Night 2018 where the Pioneers found themselves hosting the Perry Meridian Falcons with an opportunity to close out the home portion of the schedule undefeated and finish out the 2018 regular season 8-1, 6-1 in Conference play. Mooresville would come out of the gates slow, after playing to a scoreless first quarter the Pioneers would find themselves down early in the second quarter when Perry Meridians Brook Davis would score from 3 yards out (2 pt. conversion good Brandin Green) to give Perry an 8 point lead.
Mooresville would take the ensuing kickoff and start their first possession of the second quarter from their own 31 yard line. Two plays later James Mabry Jr. would score from 27 yards out (PAT-Failed) to draw the Pioneers to within 2 points, 8-6. Mabry was just getting warmed up on what would be a record setting night for the Senior running back. Mabry had 21 carries on the night setting the Mooresville High School single game rushing record with 355 yards (16.9 per carry). Along with the 355 rushing yards Mabry would tack on touchdown carries from 27 yards, 24 yards, 4 yards, 25 yards, 4 yards, and 16 yards to finish with 6 scores and a 2 point conversion behind an offensive line that played big and generated running lanes the entire ballgame paving the way for the record setting performance.
Mabry was not the only Mooresville Pioneer that would etch his name in the record book Friday evening. Senior quarterback Karson Goodman reserved a page for himself when he hit fellow Senior wide receiver Jon Eineman on a 59 yard pass late in the third quarter. With the 59 yard completion Goodman is now the Mooresville High School Career Passing Yards Leader with just over 4,288 yards and counting. Congratulations to both James and Karson as well as the entire Mooresville Football team, the records set Friday may be individual in nature but cannot be accomplished without the execution and hard work of the entire roster.
Mooresville would take a 14-8 lead into the half and would not look back, outscoring the Falcons 37 to 13 in the second half to secure the teams eighth win of the season, 51-21. The Mooresville defense was lead by Junior linebacker Kamden Schmitt with 17 total tackles (8 solo 9 assists) followed by Adrian Diop with 11 of his own (5 solo 6 assists). Senior Blake Garrett (5 solo 4 assists) and Brayden Evans (9 solo) had 9 tackles a piece in the winning effort. With the win the Pioneers secured a share of the 2018 Mid State Conference Championship with a 6-1 Conference record, 5 wins better than 2017 (1-6).
The Mooresville Pioneers will take a few hours to enjoy the victory and the 8-1 regular season finish, but when the sun rises on Saturday morning the Pioneers will turn their attention to the Beech Grove Hornets and round one of sectional play (Friday October 19 @ MHS, 7pm kickoff). The Mooresville Pioneers Coaching Staff, players, Administration, parents, students, and fans would like to thank the COF 2019 on Senior Night for all the hard work and dedication that each of you have provided throughout your career, it is so much appreciated but there is more work to be done.
Thank you to all parents, families, friends, students, fans, Administration, and the Town of Mooresville for the support the entire season and we look forward to seeing all of throughout the tournament. #BeMoore #PioneerPride #BiggerFasterStrongerTougher
Total Plays- 43
Total Yards- 520
Passing Yards- 99
Rushing Yards- 421
First Downs- 19
Penalties- 6 for 55 yards
5 for 11
Kamden Schmitt- 8 solo 9 assists
Adrian Diop- 5 solo 6 assists
Blake Garrett- 5 solo 4 assists
Brayden Evans- 9 solo
Robbie Gentry- 6 solo 1assist
James Mabry- 6 Touchdowns
27, 24, 4, 25, 4 and16 yards
2 Point Conversion
Breeken Green- 1 touchdown
Christian Swigert- 3 for 5
Field Goal 24 yards
Brock Bodell- 1 for 1
Mooresville Pioneers- 51
Perry Meridian Falcons- 21