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 Pemperton gets tackled during a rushing attempt against Kentucky Sept. 2 at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. Pemperton 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.



Delta junior quaterback Bronson Edwards prepares to throw August 18 duirng week one against Muncie Central. Zach Carter, DN.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Delta defeats Muncie Central in first game of the season

In their first game of the 2023 season, the Delta Eagles received the opening kickoff and started to gain momentum. But then, first-year starting quarterback, junior Bronson Edwards, fired an interception near the endzone, which was returned to midfield. “I think it was mainly my mindset because, after that first pick, it kind of looked like everything was just going downhill,” Edwards said. 


Delta junior quraterback Bronson Edwards prepares to throw July 19 at a scrimmage with Jay County. Zach Carter, DN.
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CARTER: Players to watch

With the 2023 Delaware County high school season starting this Friday, I’ve decided to release the names of players that I think will ball out this season. 


Yorktown head coach Mike Wilhelm points July 12 at a practice at Yorktown High School. Zach Carter, DN.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Delaware County High School Football Preview

The 2023 Delaware County high school football season is right around the corner as week one will begin on August 18. While some teams are looking to continue with what they worked on last season, others are going to have new looks. But the three goals that are the most prevalent are making their school proud, being the best in the county, and making a run in the playoffs. 







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