Mishawaka wins first 16 Spirit Award of 2017

Published: Aug. 21, 2017 at 11:43 AM EDT
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Mishawaka students celebrated in a big way as they received the first 16 Spirit Award of the season on Thursday afternoon at the Cave.

NewsCenter 16 Sports Director Angelo Di Carlo presented the Cavemen students with a plaque courtesy of Monteith's Best One for showing the most school spirit on Friday Night Football.

"This school deserves everything," Mishawaka senior running back Isaiah Evans told Angelo over the roar of the crowd. "Constant day in, day out good games and hearing their good lucks. Obviously they came out and supported us and it's Mishawaka, we love our community.

Evans scored three touchdowns en route to the Cavemen's thrilling 47-45 win. It was the first game at Steele Stadium for Mishawaka since the field was redone and new lights were put in.

"It's amazing," Evans said of the atmposhere on home gamedays. "To hear everyone cheer when we are coming out, the band is going and you hear, 'here come the Cavemen' and everyone goes crazy. There's no experience like it. No experience like it "

Mishawaka is hoping that big fan base will now follow them out to Valparaiso where Mishawaka will have a tough task on the road in week 2 against a Vikings team that upset Penn in the season opener.

It's the 8th Spirit Award in school history for Mishawaka and their first since 2012.

Mishawaka dominated the polls, winning with more than half the votes in this week’s poll. Plymouth finished a distant 2nd with 28% of the vote, following by NorthWood, Northridge and Bremen.

At the end of the year, five of the nine weekly winners will be nominated for the 16 Spirit School of the Year Award, voted on by the fans. The 16 Spirit School of the Year will receive another plaque presentation along with a check for $1,000 from Monteith’s Best-One.