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  • Hot Dogs dampen Athenian Homecoming
    Saturday, September 12, 2015 12:23 AM

    The Frankfort Hot Dogs scored on five of their seven first half possessions, and tacked on a defensive touchdown, as they raced to a 28-7 first quarter lead and never looked back, beating Crawfordsville on Homecoming 58-23.

    Frankfort’s Dyllan Shelley took the opening kickoff from his own 12 yard line, and raced 71 yards down to the Athenian 17 to give the Hot Dogs great field position. Quarterback Jarrod Smith would scamper in on the next play for the 8-0 lead.

    He and Shelley also played roles on the next two Frankfort scores from the defensive side of the ball. Smith’s interception set up a 10 play 63-yard drive that he capped off with a 1-yard run. Shelley would return his interception 48-yards for the score and a 22-0 Frankfort lead 7:06 in.

    “They showed up to play, and we didn’t,” said Athenian head coach Mike Hammons. “I think it’s as easy as that. We’re struggling at the beginning of games to be ready to play.”

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  • Saturday, August 22, 2015 12:15 AM

    The Sagamore Athletic Conference survived opening night of the football season with a decent 5-3 record -- however, the conference's lone state-ranked team fell from the top spot in Indiana.

    Tri-West came into Friday's showdown ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. West Lafayette was ranked seventh, so something had to give. That turned out to be the Bruins' defense as the Red Devils scored 43 points en route to a 43-23 lopsided victory.

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  • Sunday, November 02, 2014 5:29 PM
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference All-Conference teams were announced late last week for football.

    Montgomery County schools received nine first team selections, nine second team selections and six honorable mention selections.

    North Montgomery, by virtue of finishing in a tie for second place at 5-2 in conference play, took five first team nods. Tight end and defensive end Kobi Wray was the lone senior selected for the Chargers. Juniors include quarterback and safety Baylee Adams, receiver and linebacker Alex Parsons, receiver and cornerback Vince Gwynn and offensive lineman and linebacker Jordan Banta.

    Quarterback / halfback and safety / linebacker Mitch Dehne joined offensive lineman Nathan Jent to represent Southmont. Both are seniors.

    Seniors Nick Corbin and Robert Manns were selected from Crawfordsville. Corbin was a primary receiver for the Athenians, while Manns was a running back and middle linebacker. He led the team in scoring, rushing and tackles.
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  • Friday, October 17, 2014 9:41 PM
    FRANKFORT - The Sagamore Athletic Conference clash between Southmont and Frankfort on Friday was supposed to be a knock-down, drag-out battle of running games.

    Instead, Southmont coach Desson Hannum made major personnel changes, including plugging in freshman Cam Chadd at quarterback. Chadd threw for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mounties to a 21-8 win. The Mounties held Frankfort to just a single touchdown, which came through the air.

    "(The decision to start Chadd) was made Tuesday. We talked going into this week that we needed to make some changes. Maybe this was the time to make changes offensively and defensively that could help us out." Hannum told The Paper. "When you're in a position to make those decisions, you hope to heck they work out. And I thought they worked out tonight."

    The biggest play of the night for the youngster came as seconds ticked off the clock in the first half. After starting their two-minute offense at their own 33, the Mounties found themselves on Frankfort's 32 and hustling to the line of scrimmage to get another play off, trailing 8-7.
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  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:56 PM
    FRANKFORT - With the Sagamore Athletic Conference out of reach, this week for Southmont is about getting better and building momentum toward the sectional.

    They will have a chance to do that with a trip to Frankfort Friday night.

    The squads enter with identical 2-6 marks overall and 1-5 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference.

    The teams will also look similar in their play calling. Both teams like to keep in on the ground. The Mounties churn out 174 rushing yards per game while the Hot Dogs go for 150, on average.

    "We're ready to play this game. Frankfort's a decent team and they've been competitive in a lot of games. Their record might not show how good they've been this year," Southmont head coach Desson Hannum said. "The team that executes is going to come away with this one."

    Nathaniel Farabee is Southmont's leading rusher with 86 yards per game. He will be countered by James Brandenburg and Luis Medina.
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  • CHS can't cool off Hot Dogs
    Friday, October 03, 2014 9:38 PM
    The Crawfordsville football team entered Friday's game looking for their first Sagamore Athletic Conference win. However, it was Frankfort's big play capability that prevailed as the Hot Dogs helped dampen the spirits of the Athenian Homecoming crowd with a 62-14 victory.

    The Athenians controlled the time of possession in the first half. They held the ball 18:52 while running 36-plays, to the Hot Dogs 5:08, running just 11-plays. Yet, it was Frankfort that capitalized on their opportunities.

    After a three and out on their first series, the Athenians second drive resulted in their first turnover. Moving the ball to Frankfort's 42-yard line, Trent Johnson's pass, intended for Nick Corbin, was picked off by junior Jarrod Smith and returned 60-yards for the score.

    Frankfort (2-5, 1-4 SAC) would score three more times in the half. The first on a 58-yard run by Luis Medina. Patrick Brandenburg would score on runs of 66-yards and 4-yards. The two would account for all of Frankfort's 208-yards in the first half.
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  • Thursday, October 02, 2014 7:09 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    How do I say this without sounding too brash - aw the heck with it - I am absolutely on fire, Baby! With a capital F and that rhymes with . . . well, something. But whatever it is, it's hot, smokin' hot. Do you realize that in the last four weeks the most I've missed in any one week was one game? One! A couple of weeks ago I was again perfect, as in perfecto!

    Take me to Vegas, Baby! I'm money. But I digress. While we're speaking of Vegas, this week is a real crap shoot and just for the record, I'm not putting down big bets on any game this week. Everything is close - and home field matters. A bunch.
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  • Athenians ready to play for 4 quarters
    Wednesday, October 01, 2014 7:05 PM
    The Frankfort Hot Dogs and Crawfordsville Athenians will look to get back on the winning track Friday evening when they meet for Crawfordsville's Homecoming.

    Third year head coach Mike Quick leads the Hot Dogs, who enter the contest at 1-5 on the season, and are on a 5-game losing streak. They currently set tied with the Athenians at 0-4 at the bottom of the Sagamore Athletic Conference.

    Frankfort averages a little more than 36-yards per game passing. Junior quarterback Jerrod Smith has completed just 36 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions. He averages a little more than seven pass attempts per game.

    "They're a run heavy team, and they try to run the ball down your throat," said Crawfordsville coach Mike Hammons. "They're very good up front, and they have a few good skill players."
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  • County title up for grabs
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:40 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    Ho-hum, another awesome week for Ol' Bubbles. Of course that's what you've come to expect. Only one game prevented me from being perfect two weeks in a row, and shucks, I didn't mind missing that one. I predicted the Boys of Athens would topple the Mounties and the gang from the South rose to the challenge. Good for them. Had the Mounties fallen it could've been the beginning of a long slide. Tough loss for the Blue and Gold though. We'll get to see how well they can or can't rebound this week.

    For the season, I'm cruising at 22-6. I know. It doesn't get much better than that.
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  • Bubbles rolls
to perfection
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:45 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    What's the only thing better than a perfect week for ol' Bubbles? A county rivalry week, that's what!

    Yeah, yeah, we all know that I'm having - in the immortal words of Gene Conard, a helluva year. I was perfect last week once again and for the season stand at a gaudy 19-5 record. But listen, let me set the record straight. No, Trump Casino in Atlantic City did not close this week because of me. Sure, I was there. Yes, I did a little playing of the odds. But I'll deny any connection that my time there caused them financial distress. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    So let's get to rivalry week.
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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:42 PM
    Hello world!

    It's a huge week in the Sagamore football ranks, so let's waste no time.

    We'll have a clash this week between Crawfordsville and Southmont that won't go very far in deciding the final outcome of the conference, but it might be one of the best games of the week.

    This game is going to be interesting for a lot of reasons. The teams don't have styles that clash. Southmont packs it in and runs the ball to try to set up some big hits with the pass. Crawfordsville spreads it out a little bit and tries to get the ball into open space.

    Neither team has done a very good job at stopping the others' type of offense so far this year. So this could very well be a shootout.

    As strange as it may sound, the Mounties have all the momentum right now. Sure, they lost 21-0 to Lebanon last week. But it was 7-0 most of the game and South had scoring opportunities to tie and take the lead. Lebanon has the best defense in the conference. Southmont will be able to capitalize this week.
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  • Chargers run past Dogs
    Friday, September 12, 2014 9:07 PM
    LINDEN- The past two weeks have been all but normal for North Montgomery and the rest of Indiana High School football. Mother Nature played a role in both of the games the last two weeks, but this week she did not.

    The game between North Montgomery (3-1, 2-0 SAC) and Frankfort (1-3, 0-2 SAC) was unusual for other reasons. North Montgomery beat Frankfort 36-26. The game was even closer than what the scoreboard and stat sheets showed.

    Before the game started Frankfort's star senior running back James Brandenburg was out due to an injury he suffered last week. His younger brother Patrick Brandenburg replaced him.

    The Chargers start the game with the ball on their 31-yard line. On the fifth play of their opening drive junior quarterback Baylee Adams kept the ball and turn the corner where he met a couple of Hot Dogs who caused him to fumble the ball. Junior running back Patrick Brandenburg recovered the ball and ran it 43 yards for a Hot Dog score.
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  • Ol' Bubbles
on fire, baby
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:44 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    What do the Ohio Players, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson, Blue Oyster Cult and Ol' Bubbles have in common? We're all on fire, baby! (Hey, exactly what is a blue oyster cult anyways?)

    Yup, they sang about fire and I'm on it! After three weeks the Caldron is 15-5 - and if you give me a break for a cool first week, then I'm a sizzling 10-2! Whoa! It doesn't get much better than that!

    So sit right back and relax as we torch another week of Friday Night Pyrites!

    C'ville at Western Boone

    Do I get some partial credit for last week? Yeah, yeah, I missed it when I went with CHS to start the season undefeated at 3-0. But I did say that Dannyville was going to score 28 and they actually scored 33. That count? Nah, didn't think so.

    This week could get worse.

    The boys of Athens are taking on the boys of Boone and it looks like one of the better years for the Stars. Maybe it's something in the water over by Dover, but somehow little Western Boone keeps finding pretty strong athletic teams here and there. This year's football team is one of those. Webelo is ranked among the top 10 teams in Class 3A and looking to go 4-0 before facing some tough challenges.
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  • North tries to get on roll
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 6:35 PM
    LINDEN- North Montgomery (2-1, 1-0 SAC) is coming off a big win not only on the scoreboard, but also in county and Sagamore Athletic Conference play. The Chargers beat the Mounties 40-14. Their opponent this week is the Frankfort Hot Dogs (1-2, 0-1 SAC). Frankfort is coming off a loss to conference foe Western Boone (3-0, 1-0 SAC). The Chargers are looking to carry the momentum gained from the win to beat Frankfort.

    "It was good momentum to get that first county and conference win and just carry that over into Friday," head coach Josh Thompson said.

    Frankfort is on a two-game losing streak. They lost on the road 21-6 to Twin Lakes (2-1 0-1) and at home against Western Boone 26-14. The Hot Dogs will look to bounce back against the Chargers and get their first conference win.

    Frankfort will look to pound the ball against the Chargers Thompson said.

    "They will line up double tight with a wing and run the ball quite a bit. They have a couple of fast backs," Thompson said.

    The fast backs that he was talking about are senior running back Luis Medina and senior James Brandenburg. Through three games Medina has 107 yards on 21 carries and 107 yards on five catches. Brandenburg has 223 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns during those same three games. Frankfort has only attempted 25 passes in their first three games.
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  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 7:22 PM
    Hello World!

    Who would have thought it could happen again?! But it did!

    What am I talking about?

    Well for starters, the storms. Two Fridays in a row. C'mon. I have enough gray on the top of my head as it is, I don't need it to start in my beard too!

    But another thing happened that just couldn't be . . . for the fourth straight year the North Montgomery vs. Southmont football game was won by the visitors. Who would have thought?!

    I did get the pick right in our little contest we have every Friday, but it's still one of those things that stand out in sports that just doesn't make sense.

    Another shocker, at least to me, was the Danville and Crawfordsville outcome. I picked the Athenians and if I had to do it again I would pick them again. I thought that they had the momentum to carry them through. What I underestimate was how ticked off Danville was.

    Turns out, getting beat up on by the likes of Plainfield and New Palestine doesn't put a very good taste in your mouth. The Warriors could be a threat in the Sagamore this season. COULD be. They won't. But they could.

    Part of the reason they won't is that there's a pair of legit squads that are in mid-season form already. Other can keep getting better and get there, but Tri-West and Western Boone are two of the best in the state.

    The Bruins are ranked 10th in the media poll and the Stars are right behind them at No. 11.
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