All three Montgomery County football teams hit the gridiron Friday searching for big wins.
North Montgomery (2-5, 1-4) will host Frankfort (0-7, 0-5) in a game that will play a factor in the final Sagamore Conference standings.
The Hot Dogs are coming off a 62-6 loss at Danville, while the Chargers dropped a tough one at Tri-West 16-12, after leading for much of the game.
North Montgomery’s defense has been much improved over the past couple of weeks, and will get another chance to show off against a struggling Frankfort offense that has averaged less than 100 yards a game on the season.
Predictor: North’s offense clicks and leads to victory – 48-6.
Crawfordsville (0-7, 0-5) will host a Tri-West (3-4, 2-3) team that is limping toward the finish line after suffering several injuries to key players.
The Athenians are coming off a 40-13 loss to Lebanon, while the Bruins got back into the win column last week against North Montgomery.
Sam Fulton and Bryce Hendershot have combined for over 700 rushing yards on the season for Tri-West.
Steven Latre, who has amassed over 400 yards rushing for the Athenians will continue to get a heavy workload as Crawfordsville will once again be without quarterback Cameron Saunders.
Predictor: Crawfordsville can’t slow balanced attack by Bruins in loss – 46-24
Southmont (3-4, 3-2) has suffered two straight losses, 40-26 to Danville and 53-7 to Western Boone, but looks to rebound against Lebanon (5-2, 5-0) with another chance to shake up the conference standings.
Lebanon has not lost since dropping their two non-conference games to 5A powers Mooresville and Zionsville. The Tigers have rattled off wins over Danville, North Montgomery, Frankfort, Tri-West and Crawfordsville.
Cameron Johnson leads the Tigers with 768 rushing yards, while Garrett Harker has thrown for over 800 yards. Cameron Giles leads the Mounties with almost 700 rushing yards.
Predictor: South gets a much needed top-tier win at home – 28-21.
Danville (4-3, 4-1) and Western Boone (7-0, 5-0) meet in the other SAC matchup at Western Boone as the 2A No. 1 Stars try to remain unbeaten.
Predictor: Stars withstand test from Warriors – 35-21.
Elsewhere in Montgomery county sports, girls’ and boys’ sectional soccer action is underway.
Southmont was defeated by Frankfort 2-0 in boys soccer, while Crawfordsville beat North Montgomery 1-0 to advance to the championship Saturday evening at 7 p.m. against Frankfort at Lebanon.
North Montgomery’s girls dropped a tough one 3-1 to Tri-West, while Crawfordsville lost to Danville.
Southmont plays Greencastle tonight.
North Montgomery’s Jaxon Plant and Matt Jackman have remained undefeated in doubles tennis and will play in the Kokomo individual regional on Saturday.