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Pioneers vs. Hawks, a look at the 2023 Homecoming Game

A look at the stats, preparation and hype for the 2023 Homecoming Classic.

This year the Mooresville Pioneers will be taking on the Decatur Central Hawks this Homecoming, unlike last year against Franklin Community High School. The Pioneers have started off a little rough being 1-2, Coach Gillan and his players are preparing for every game like it’s the state game, especially this Homecoming. Senior and starting Quarterback Hogan Denny averages about 138 rushing yards per game with about 4 touchdowns. Decatur’s starting Quarter Back Bo Polston averages around 3 touchdown passes a game with Decatur’s starting wide receiver averaging around 105 receiving yards per game. Mooresville’s own Levi Dorn is one of our powerhouses when it comes to receiving 89 receiving yards per game getting 14 yards per catch. Plus he got 117 receiving yards last game against Plainfield with 15 yards per catch and 8 interceptions.

“Probably we just need to come out with our efforts early on, just coming out faster and better earlier on in the game,” Denny said.

Every team has a “ritual” or something they enjoy doing the night before or before a game that day to help them properly prepare and enjoy themselves before a game.

“Throughout the week we thoroughly go over film and really get a good game plan down for Friday,” Denny said.

“Team dinner, we went to Bdubs last night (Thursday) and that was a really good bonding moment… we really also make sure to drink plenty of water to help us play to the best of our ability,” Dorn said.

Inspiration for a football game is very important, but it also helps off the field with school, work, in the weight room, and in practice to help you know what or who you’re getting better for. Making someone or something proud when you do reach those goals or standards you wanted to meet.

“I’d say my mom, because my dad isn’t really around and her beating cancer twice really proves she’s a fighter and that inspires me the most to keep fighting,” Dorn said.

From the statistics we’ve studied and what the players have been telling us and showing us about the team, it can be believed the Mooresville Pioneers have a pretty good chance of this homecoming. Make sure to come out and support the Mooresville Pioneers and watch them crush the Hawks September 15!

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Kade Fisher
Kade Fisher, Pulse Reporter
Kade Fisher joined the MHS Student Media team in 2022. Besides being on the student media staff, Kade enjoys playing volleyball and hanging out with friends.
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