September 6th Review: For the first time since 1977-79, Southmont defeated North Montgomery for a third consecutive season last Friday, 28-0. It was the first recorded shutout by the Mounties in the series.
Southmont, now 1-2, 1-0 on the season will look to build momentum with a road game at Frankfort (0-3, 0-1). The Hot Dogs have struggled in the early part of the season, dropping games to Clinton Central 18-6, Logansport 48-0 and Tri-West 63-14.
The Mounties defeated the Hot Dogs last season 28-7.
Southmont has had a pair of strong efforts on both sides of the ball this season, and finally put it all together in the win over North Montgomery. Expect much of the same as the Mounties travel Friday for a key Sagamore Conference game.
Crawfordsville (0-3, 0-1) travels to Danville (0-3, 0-1) to face the Warriors in a matchup between two winless teams. Danville has dropped games to Cascade 28-21, Mooresville 28-26, and Lebanon 27–13 to start the season, after going 13-1 last year and losing to the eventual state champion Evansville Memorial 28-7 in the semi-state. That undefeated regular season included a 58-14 win over Crawfordsville.
Danville has a 21-7 record in the series, and have won nine of the last 10. Crawfordsville’s last win over the Warriors came in 2008, 38-20.
With both teams struggling, one will need to make a statement. Danville has the advantage with Plainfield transfer quarterback Ben Slaton getting acclimated to the offense, and Crawfordsville down a running back with Steven Latre sidelined with a broken hand.
North Montgomery (1-2, 0-1) looks to bounce back with a win, as the Chargers welcome Lebanon (1-2, 1-0) on Friday. The Tigers are coming off a 27-13 win over Danville.
Bryce Claycomb leads the Chargers with 105 yards rushing, while Jaron Bradford has thrown for 107 yards and a score.
North Montgomery has struggled mightily offensively with the exception of the second half against Hamilton Heights. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers approach their offensive game in a crucial Sagamore Conference home game against the Tigers.
Lebanon won last year’s meeting 63-27.
Western Boone (3-0, 1-0) and Tri-West (2-1, 1-0) meet in the other Sagamore Conference matchup at Tri-West in what might produce the eventual conference champion.
Special thanks to Barry Lewis for tid-bits and facts that helped allow this column to come together.