Friday night, Crawfordsville travels to North Montgomery for a county clash on the gridiron, with both teams desperate for a win. The Athenians (0-5, 0-3) haven’t won since 2016, while the Chargers’ (1-4, 0-3) lone win this season came week two against Hamilton Heights 19-7.
The Athenians’ last win over the Chargers came in 2011, 28-14 at Crawfordsville.
North Montgomery’s offense continued to struggle in last week’s 60-14 loss at Western Boone. Led by Jaron Bradford, Bryce Claycomb and Kade Kobel, the Chargers will look to kick-start their offense against a Crawfordsville defense that gave up 49 points in a 49-28 loss to Southmont last Friday.
However, Crawfordsville found some rhythm in its offense, scoring on three straight possessions in the second half. Cameron Saunders, Carsen Tharp, Steven Latre, Cale McCarty and Anthony Gonzales all chipped in and have big play capabilities.
It’ll be interesting to see how this game shakes out. Look for North Montgomery’s defense to prevail, and the offense to get rolling. It very well may be a shootout in Linden on Friday night.
Southmont (3-2, 3-0) will host Danville (2-3, 2-1) in a crucial Sagamore Conference game Friday night.
The Mounties are looking for their first win over the Warriors since 2015, 35-26. Southmont has not defeated Danville at home since 2011, the last year Southmont won a Sagamore Conference title.
Cameron Giles continues to rack up yards on the ground for the Mounties, and with the passing game opening up like it has, Southmont has a good shot at moving to 4-0 in league play.
Danville is still trying to pick up the pieces from last year’s senior class that led the Warriors to the semi-state. Transfer Ben Slaton has helped get the offense rolling again the last couple of weeks with wins over Crawfordsville and Tri-West.
Other games in the Sagamore Conference include 2A No. 1 Western Boone (5-0, 3-0) and Frankfort (0-5, 0-3), and Lebanon (3-2, 3-0) and Tri-West (2-3, 1-2).
Elsewhere in Montgomery County sports, Crawfordsville’s boys’ soccer team claimed a county title with a 5-2 win over North Montgomery. The Chargers also picked up a county title in boys’ tennis with a 3-2 win over Southmont. The Mounties swept the Athenians in straight sets in volleyball Tuesday night and claimed the county crown. Last week Crawfordsville took the county championship in boys’ and girls’ cross country with Riley Fyffe and Madison Fry taking the individual titles. In girls’ soccer, Southmont defeated Crawfordsville 2-0 earlier this week. Last weekend Southmont girls’ golf finished second at the IHSAA Sectional and will play in the regional Saturday. Also advancing individually was North Montgomery’s Jaycee Walden and Chloe Maxwell.