College football ends with a bang

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer

With the final whistle of the National Title game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college football season has come to a close.

Clemson, the top ranked team in the country took on Alabama, the 2nd ranked team in the country in what many fans called the most exciting game of the year.

“I could not keep my eyes off of this game, definitely the best college game I have ever seen,” said Jimmy Campbell, 12.

Alabama ended up winning the game 45-40, despite being outplayed by Clemson for most of the game.Clemson gained 550 total yards on offense against a stout Alabama defense, while Alabama gained 473 yards. Clemson’s offense also gathered 31 first downs while Alabama could only muster 18.

While Clemson had seemingly beat Alabama in every aspect of the game, they could not avoid giving up big plays which hurt them badly. The Tigers’ defense allowed four touchdowns of 50 or more yards including a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The 95 yarder was a huge momentum swing in the Crimson Tide’s favor, and momentum in football is a bigger deal than most people realize.

The kickoff return put Alabama ahead 38-27, with all the momentum on their side with seven minutes and 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Clemson then scored a touchdown, but missed the two-point conversion, to make it 38-33 with four minutes and 41 seconds left in the fourth.

Clemson still had plenty of time to come back, until Alabama went on a three minute drive to score another touchdown to make it 45-33 with just over a minute left. Clemson scored one more touchdown to make it 45-40 with twelve seconds left, but it was too late as Alabama would go on to win.

The thrilling college football season came to a fitting end. Fans gathered to watch one last game of the season and it did not disappoint. Looking ahead, college football fans will have to wait seven long months before college football returns.

Upcoming events

Looking for sports to keep you busy over break? Here are some upcoming MVHS events you can attend and help cheer your Marauders onto victory:

Football:
10/9: @Shelbyville, 7:00 pm
10/16: @Home, against Yorktown, 7:30 pm

Volleyball:
10/10: County Tournament starts at 9:00 am
10/12: @New Pal, 5:30 pm
10/14: @Beech Grove, 5:30 pm

MV football demolishes Marion

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

Last Friday, the Marauders football team traveled to Marion High School in Madison County to take on the Giants in week 2 of the season.

Coming off of a poorly played season opening game on August 21 at home versus Hamilton Heights, which they lost 21-6, the coaches had the team ready to play, and they stomped all over the Giants, winning 50-6.

Quarterback Jimmy Campbell completed 9 of 10 passes for 117 yards including 2 touchdowns, and he rushed for 99 yards scoring another 2 touchdowns. MV led the game 22-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, 43-0 at halftime, 50-0 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and finally gave up a touchdown to Marion with just .01 seconds left on the clock, and ending the game 50-6.

The Marauders start their campaign for the Hoosier Heritage Conference title on Friday September 4 at Greenfield-Central at 7:30pn. MV is now 1-1 on the year.

Upcoming Sports

Compiled by: Connor Curts, Staff Writer

Girls’ Golf: 8/12 4:30pm Beech Grove/Lawrence Central at Winding Ridge

Boys’ Tennis: 8/12 5pm Lawrence Central at MV (Scrimmage)
Football: 8/14 7pm MV at Speedway (Scrimmage)
Boys’ Soccer: 8/15 6pm Zionsville at MV
Boys’ Cross Country: 8/17 5:30pm Brownsburg/Fishers at MV
Girls’ Soccer: 8/18 7:30pm MV at Southport
Volleyball: 8/18 6pm MV at Hamilton Heights

NFL draft

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

Every year, just a few months after the Super Bowl, 256 young men, fresh out of college, are selected by a team in the National Football League Draft. Over the span of three days, 256 dreams come true, and hundreds of others are crushed.

The picks are spread out over a total of seven rounds, with the first two containing 32 picks each. The remaining five rounds each vary in their amounts of picks.

“With the first pick, in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select, Jameis Winston, a quarterback from Florida State University,” said Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner.

These were the words that fans all over the world had been waiting to hear for several months. Winston was predicted by many experts to be the first overall pick, and by the day of the first round, it was nearly a guarantee. It is not uncommon for reports of which players each team is going to select to be leaked out prior to the start of the draft, and that held true this year.

Among the notable draftees this year was Marcus Mariota, a Tennessee Titans draftee and a former Heisman Award winner. The Heisman Award is the most prestigious award given out in college football, and it was the first time ever that two Heisman winners were taken with the first and second overall picks in the draft.

The hometown Indianapolis Colts drafted wide receiver Phillip Dorsett from the University of Miami, a pick disputed by many fans. The Colts already have a deep core of receivers and tight ends, so the pick will only deepen Andrew Luck’s weapons arsenal.

“I really don’t understand what the team is doing here. We already have the offensive weapons we need. What we really needed was a safety,” said Luke Duckworth, 10.

For all who went undrafted, the days after the draft annually bring opportunities to sign with a team as an “Undrafted Free Agent,” with a chance to still keep their dreams alive. Though many don’t make it, it’s a chance to be a diamond in the rough, and prove their worth.