We can learn a lot in a week
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:01 PM
Neil Burk is the sports editor of The Paper of Montgomery County. This is his third year of covering sports in the county after graduating from Wabash College. You can contact Neil at 361-0100 ext. 31 or by email at email@example.com
And congratulations to Crawfordsville!
We told you the boys in blue and gold looked good in their scrimmage against Sheridan. And they made us look good by coming back with a win over Cascade Friday night.
It broke a streak of 19 straight losses for the Athenians and it was about time.
I said over and over again last season that Mike Hammons was getting it right with the way he was running the program. I'll still say it. Does that mean that the Athenians are going to go undefeated this year? Not at all. But they have a couple more wins on the schedule this year, I think. And the program will continue to develop and get better over the years.
So what do we know about the Athenians after the first week of the season? Well, we know that they aren't ready to accept defeat. They battled in their 10-8 win over Cascade in a way that teams don't do if they don't believe in themselves.
And we know that the defense looked pretty solid. They recorded two safeties. And yes, both of the safeties were because of bad snaps. But bad snaps come from creating pressure at the line of scrimmage. When the center has to think about his assignment too much he stops thinking about doing the first part of the job.
Sophomore quarterback Trent Johnson also learned a lot about the speed of the game in his first varsity start. He didn't have the game of his life, but he led the team to a win, and that's what quarterbacks should do.
We're only a week in, so we can't write the story for the Athenians just yet. But the first chapter has me ready to read the rest.
Up north, the young Chargers looked mighty fine as well. Alex Parsons, aka "The Project" (get it . . . the Alex Parsons Project . . . heck I don't know), got two touchdowns to start the season. That picks up right where he left off last year as the county's co-leading scorer. But this time around they were on defense. He took two interceptions to the house and let Jeremy Johnson do the heavy lifting on offense. Johnson, a junior who looked brilliant in limited action last year, scored twice and totaled 136 yards on 10 carries. Not too shabby in his debut start.
But that Charger defense. Man, they looked tough.
They limited Benton Central to just 115 total yards of offense. The Bison's freshman quarterback was no match for the defensive line. The secondary did their job of stopping big plays and capitalizing on mistakes.
It was a different story for the Mounties. There were questions to be answered by Mitch Dehne at quarterback and by the defense. Well, Dehne answered with a nice performance that saw him get the job done with his legs and his arm. He had a solid performance, there just wasn't enough offense.
The young defense was no match for the experienced Mustangs of Fountain Central. FC quarterback Koby Pierce slashed up the defense in the opener and led the 'Stangs to the most points they have every scored against the Mounties, 60.
The Mounties have the benefit of looking ahead to an opponent that shouldn't be nearly as tough in North Putnam. It's good in the early weeks of the season to be able to make adjustments and see what you need to fix. So a loss isn't that bad. When the season comes to an end, the first two games of the year, which are non-conference for our schools, won't be at the top of the priority list.
Mountie coach Desson Hannum is one of the best at making adjustments in the pregame and on the fly, so look for a much-improved Mountie effort this week.
That's going to wrap things up for this week. I'll be in New Market Friday to see the Mounties.
I'll see ya out there.