This will be a three day stretch Geoff Sissom will remember for the rest of his life.
Friday, he won a state championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. His Center Grove Trojans defeated the state’s #1 team, Carmel, which featured the state’s top player, Morgan Newton, in a thrilling 36-33 victory in which they came back from 19 down in just eight minutes.
“It was thrilling,” Sissom explained, “It was definitely a roller coaster. We came out defensively and were real sluggish and Newton played a great game. Our offense never quit. We had our fans chanting ‘we believe’ the whole game. They showed us how they truly cared. We knew the game was never over with our potent offense and the special teams came up real big.”
Sissom had seven tackles in the game from his defensive end spot. What made the victory sweeter for him and his teammates is that they lost to Carmel in the regular season in similarly heartbreaking fashion: a 33-32 last minute loss which was the Trojans’ only blemish this year.
“After getting our first and only defeat, we wanted to come out and get that victory back,” he admitted, adding, “I think for most of us, it was a shock, a realization of what we’ve all worked for. We’ve been together now for seven or eight years and growing up, we always talked about our senior year and how we have to win; we have to go out on a high note.”
After accomplishing his goal at the prep level, Sissom now turns his attention towards college and deciding where he will go. The picture got clearer this week when his first FBS offer arrived.
“I received an offer from Army. One of their coaches called me on Monday night and talked to me for a little bit and then told me they were offering me. They’re coming out to the school on Wednesday. I haven’t been there yet, but he’s been to Center Grove before. I’m hoping I’ll get up and get a visit soon.”
An outstanding student in the classroom as well, Sissom still has other options to consider.
“Colorado, they told me I had a preferred walk-on spot there. I got a call tonight from Harvard, just checking in and seeing how it was all going. Princeton is stopping by school on Monday and Cornell will stop by the house here in a couple weeks.”
The chance to receive an Ivy League education is of interest to Sissom. However, so is the chance to be at a service academy. His father is a member of the Naval Reserve and his mother once served in the Air Force.
“Both parents being in the military makes me lean more towards that,” he admitted, “how they’re connected more with NASA and programs like that and I’ve also been interested in the military from my parents being there. The Ivy League, I would clearly have a great education there, so for me, it’s a win-win.”
And lately, winning is something Sissom has become accustomed to.