Had Friday’s Mid State Conference battle with the Mooresville Pioneers and the Whiteland Warriors been broadcast on ESPN it would have been considered an instant classic the minute James Mabry crossed the goal line from two yards out for the winning score. What lead to Mabry’s winning score will go down as one of the most exciting Mooresville Pioneer wins in recent memory.
Here’s how the Pioneers found themselves down 3 with with just under 2 minutes to play in regulation with no timeouts and the ball on their own 20. Neither the Pioneers or Warriors scored in the first quarter as the defensive units on both sides played well which they did all night. Mooresville opened the scoring in the second quarter when Karson Goodman hit Jon Eineman on a 29 yard pass , Christian Swigerts kick was good, Mooresville 7 Whireland 0. Whiteland would answer with a 1 yard Jake Perry run , Dalton Spangler added the PAT and we we were tied going into the half at 7.
Whiteland would take the kickoff to open the second half and take the lead on a 1 yard Gavin Lutz run, PAT good Spangler, Whiteland 14 Mooresville 7. That would be the only scoring of the third quarter as both defenses held each other at bay. Whiteland had a punt arrempt blocked by Dom Oldham with Mooresvilles Blake Garrett returning the blocked kick to the 2 setting up a James Mabry 2 yard tying score, PAT was good by Swigert, Mooresville- 14 Whiteland- 14.
Whiteland would take the lead with just under 2 minutes to play as the Pioneers would benefit from a holding call on the one yard line pushing the Warriors back where Mooresvilles defense would force Whiteland to kick a 21 yard field goal later in the drive that gave the Warriors a 3 point lead, 17-14. Mooresville received the kickoff with just under 2 minutes to play and bagan the drive from their own 20 with no timeouts. The Pioneers then allowed their offense to take over and orchestrate the two minute drive to perfection. On the drive Mooresville would convert two fourth down’s and put themselves in a position to to go for the win. Mooresville faced a 2 and 10 from the Warriors 44 when Goodman hit Eineman on a huge pass down the left side line where Einaman was pushed out at the two yard line setting up the winning score. That’s when James Mabry worked his magic, punching it in from the two (PAT good Swigert) to give Mooresville the 21-17 lead with just under 10 seconds to play in the game.
The Pioneers defense would make one more huge stop as it had done all night to preserve the 21-14 win. In the win the Mooresville defense played lights out limiting the Warriors offense to 291 yards and only 17 points! The Pioneers defense was lead by Brayden Evans who had a huge night with 13 total tackles followed by Adrian Diop with 12, Kamden Scmitt with 12, and Dane Stevenson with 10. The defense would sack the Warriors qurterback 3 times as Dom Oldham would get 2 and Jalen Schuck would add 1. Diop would add a fumble recovery to the mix as the Mooresville Pioneers defense rose to the occasion in another big game and did its job!
Friday’s victory was a game for the ages, the Pioneers never stopped playing and the final score is indicative of the effort. Mooresville would like to thank EVERYONE for the support, not only Friday which was huge, but the entire season! Your support does not go unnoticed and is so much appreciated. Mooresville will be back to work tomorrow as they begin preparing for Martinsville. Martinsville will visit Mooresville next Friday October 5th at 7pm.
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Friday’s Statistical Leaders
Karson Goodman- 201 Passing and 1 TD Pass
James Mabry- 42 yards rushing and 2 TD Rushes
Jon Eineman- 159 yards receiving and 1
Christian Swigert- 3 for 3 PAT’s
Brayden Evans- 13 total tackles
Adrian Diop- 12 total tackles and one Fumble Recovery
Kamden Schmitt- 12 total tackles
Dane Stevenson- 12 total tackles
Dom Oldam- 2 Quarterback Sacks and 1 Blocked Punt
Jalen Schuck- 1 Quarterback Sack
Friday October 5th
Martinsville @ Mooresville