With a win over Tri-West on Friday, Southmont can finish no worse than tied with Danville for third in the Sagamore Conference. With a Lebanon loss to Western Boone, and a Southmont win, the Mounties would finish second.
A win Friday would mean back-to-back winning seasons for Southmont (4-4, 4-2) and a second straight top-4 finish in the conference.
After dropping games to Danville and Western Boone, Southmont handled Lebanon (5-3, 5-1) 35-21 last week.
Tri-West (4-4, 3-3) suffered three straight losses, but has bounced back the last two weeks with wins over North Montgomery and Crawfordsville.
The Bruins have battled injuries all season long, but Sam Fulton and Bryce Hendershot continue to get the load in the backfield with both rushers over 300 yards.
Cameron Giles leads the Mounties with nearly 700 rushing yards and eight scores. Hunter Chadwick has thrown for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns.
Predictor: Southmont – 40-28
North Montgomery (3-5, 2-4) has shown much improvement over the last few weeks, with wins over Crawfordsville and Frankfort and a narrow defeat to Tri-West.
The Chargers will look to catch Danville (4-4, 4-2) on the decline, as the Warriors are coming off a 46-6 loss to 2A No. 1 Western Boone (8-0, 6-0).
Ben Slaton has thrown for 1351 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead the Warriors.
Predictor: Danville – 28-21
Crawfordsville (0-8, 0-6) will travel to Frankfort (0-8, 0-6) on Friday for a battle of the winless teams.
I truly think the Athenians will get their first win since 2016 to wrap up the regular season.
Predictor: Crawfordsville – 38-14
The sectional pairings were announced Sunday, and North Montgomery will host week one, while Crawfordsville and Southmont go on the road.
The Chargers will host Hamilton Heights (1-7) on October 26, a team they beat 19-7 back in August.
Crawfordsville will travel to Guerin Catholic (5-3), while Southmont goes to Brebeuf (6-2). The Braves defeated the Mounties 48-14 in the sectional championship last year.
Elsewhere in Montgomery County sports, Southmont celebrated a second straight sectional championship in girls’ soccer with a win over North Putnam on Saturday. Crawfordsville’s boys’ team saw their season come to and end with a loss to Frankfort in the sectional final.
In Cross Country, Crawfordsville’s boys’ team plus several individuals advanced out of the sectional and to the regional. The Athenians’ Madison Fry finished third overall in the South Putnam Sectional, while Lauren Kellerman and Shelby Greene also advanced. Riley Fyffe led the boys’ team that finished third with a seventh place finish. Thomas Richardson advanced as an individual for Southmont.
Out of the Benton Central sectional, Logan Harper, Claire Bonwell and Katlynn McClerkin advanced for North Montgomery’s girls’ team. Elijah McCartney, Shane Alenduff, Gabe Hatley and Colin Crippin advanced for the boys’ team.
In volleyball, Southmont and North Montgomery battle in the sectional opener, Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Southmont, while Crawfordsville will play the winner on Saturday at noon.