Graduate assistant Madison Surface is pictured on FaceTime with her mother, Charity Surface. Hudson French, Photo Provided

Faith, Family and Football

Madison is the granddaughter of two Indiana football coaches, her grandfather Mark Surface, who coached at Marion High School, and her ‘Papaw,’ Calvin Duff, who coached at Lincoln High School. Even after her Papaw’s passing from Alzheimer’s two years ago, his memory and love for the game have continued to push her and Blake to continue down that path as well. 



Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Qian Magwood gets tackled against Georgia Sept. 9 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Magwood received a total of 12 yards in the game. Mya Cataline, DN
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'Throw the records out'

Ball State and Indiana State may both be winless through the first two weeks of the season, but each side remains hungry heading into a rivalry game for the Blue Key Liberty Bell Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. This contest will cap off Family Weekend at Ball State and is the Cardinals' home opener at Scheumann Stadium.


Ball State Daily News associate sports editor Elijah Poe,  reporter Zach Carter, opinion editor Kate Farr, and associate photo editor Mya Cataline pose for photo on the field at Sanford Stadium Sept. 9 in Athens, Ga. Photo provided
FOOTBALL

Ball State vs. Georgia: Our perspective

The Ball State Daily News Sports crew of sophomore associate sports editor and football secondary reporter Elijah Poe, opinion editor and photographer Kate Farr, associate photo editor Mya Cataline and reporter Zach Carter share their experience following their trip to Athens, Georgia, to cover Ball State V. No. 1 Georgia.



Redshirt senior Tyler 'Red' Potts celebrating a defensive play against Kentucky Sept. 2. Ball State fell 44-14 to the Wildcats. Daniel Kehn, DN
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‘The stage you dream about'

After a 44-14 loss to Kentucky in week one, Ball State travels down to Athens, to play the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Georgia. Mike Neu is looking at the positives of the Cardinals' 30-point loss to the Wildcats instead of the negatives coming into their matchup with the Bulldogs. 



Graduate student quarterback Layne Hatcher looks to throw the ball against Kentucky Sept. 2 at Kroger Field. Hatcher was sacked two times in the game. Mya Cataline, DN
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Big Game Purpose

Ball State is winless against Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponents, and largely unsuccessful against any Power Five program. Despite the losses, what do the Cardinals gain from playing this elite competition?


Redshirt sophomore running back Vaughn Pemberton gets tackled during a rushing attempt against Kentucky Sept. 2 at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Pemberton would be helped off the field immediately following the play and would not return for the remainder of Ball State’s 44-14 loss to the Wildcats. Daniel Kehn, DN
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'Bumps and Bruises'

After suffering four injuries, including two that left players out for the rest of the game, against Kentucky, Ball State football is gearing up to face another Power Five opponent in No. 1 Georgia. Will this stiff competition continue to adversely affect the Cardinals health? 



Caden Johnson speaking with Ty Bryant after Ball State's 44-14 loss to Kentucky Sept. 2 at Kroger Field. Johnson went to Fredrick Douglas High School in Lexington, Kentucky, with Bryant. Mya Cataline, DN
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“It looks good on us”

Caden’s girlfriend, Kiara Henderson, grew up with Caden in Lexington, but now attends the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. After making multiple five hour drives to visit Caden at Ball State, she said the two-hour drive to their hometown to support her partner felt like nothing. 


A Warrior catches the ball August 27 during a game against Tri-Central. Photo provided by Wes-Del head coach Matt Nuckols.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Warriors fall to Greenwood Christian Academy

Wes-Del football was on the cusp of its first win of the 2023-24 campaign as they led Greenwood Christian Academy 26-22 with 3:56 left in the fourth quarter. But after multiple missed tackles by the Warriors, Cougars’ starting quarterback sophomore Trey Dobson gave his team the lead with a touchdown run. This score would go on to be the dagger as the Warriors fell 29-26.


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'A great test'

Although Ball State has never defeated an SEC opponent, the Cardinals have high expectations heading into their week one contest against Kentucky. Ball State is set to face off against the Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, at Noon Sept. 3, where the spread has the Cardinals as 26.5-point underdogs.


Redshirt freshman tight end Brady Hunt celebrates scoring a touchdown in the homecoming game against Eastern Michigan Oct. 22, 2022 at Scheumann Stadium. Hunt scored one touchdown during the game. Amber Pietz, DN
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Hungrier than ever

Coming off a 5-7 season in 2022, the Cardinals are looking to ‘accomplish something great’ behind a revamped offense and an anchored defense. Ball State is set to face off against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, at Noon Sept. 3, where the spread has the Cardinals as 26.5-point underdogs.


Senior linebacker Clayton Coll runs onto the football field before a game against Murray State Sept. 17, 2022 at Scheumann Stadium. Amber Pietz, DN
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Hungrier than ever

Despite a tough early schedule and major roster changes, Ball State is hungrier than ever for success in 2023. Ball State is set to face off against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, at Noon Sept. 3, where the spread has the Cardinals as 26.5-point underdogs.






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