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Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:20 AM

    LINDEN – The opportunities were there Friday night for the North Montgomery football team to claim a statement victory against reigning Class 2A state champion Western Boone.

    Three times the Chargers were inside the Stars 30 yard line during the second half. Three times they came away with no points. That proved to be the difference in Western Boone’s 28-14 victory.

    “Unfortunately, we had too many letdowns,” North Montgomery coach Josh Thompson said. 

    The Chargers took the second half kickoff and held the ball for more than six minutes, reaching the Stars 26 before facing a fourth-and-7. Jaron Bradford’s pass to Kade Kobel came up 2 yards shy of the first down with 5:13 to play in the third quarter.

    Western Boone, fueled by that momentum swing, marched 79 yards in seven plays and 2:36 to take a commanding 28-14 lead on Spencer Wright’s 3-yard run up the middle. 

    North Montgomery again surrendered the ball on downs, this time at the Western Boone 44. But the Chargers defense stiffened and a bad snap on a punt attempt set up North Montgomery at the Stars 28 with 9:27 to play. 

    Facing a fourth-and-3 at the Western Boone 12, Bradford’s pass was dropped. A completion would have been good enough for at least a first down.
    “We had to capitalize right there,” Thompson said. “We didn’t finish plays.”

    The Chargers defense got the ball back with 3:07 to play and the offense quickly marched to the Western Boone 15. But once again, a dropped pass on fourth down with 1:56 to go ended any hopes of a comeback.

    North Montgomery relied on a couple of big plays to keep pressure on Western Boone in the first half.

    The first came when Zak Searle stripped Spencer Wright of the ball during a sack. For the second week in a row, Keifer Carmean was in the right place at the right time – scooping up the loose ball and sprinting 10 yards for the touchdown that brought the Chargers within 13-6.

    The second big play came after the Stars extended their lead to 20-6 on Wright’s 5-yard touchdown run. Kade Kobel took the pooch kickoff 54 yards down to the Western Boone 22.

    Two plays later, Jalen Bradford connected with Carmean for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Bradford’s two-point toss to Kai Warren drew the Chargers within 20-14 at halftime.

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  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:18 AM

    NEW MARKET – The Southmont Mounties were looking for a happy homecoming on Friday night as they played host to cross-town rival Crawfordsville who coming in, were still in search of their first victory of the season.  

    The first half of the game saw both teams come out slow as the Mounties held a 7-0 lead heading into the locker room. Senior Running Back Cameron Giles was playing Quarterback this evening and used his dual threat abilities to score the half’s only points from one yard out. 

    The Athenian defense in the first half allowed the Mounties to drive down the field and gain yards, but they did a great job of keeping them out of the end zone. The Athenians even intercepted a Giles pass down near the goal line to keep the score at 7-0. 

    Head Coach Desson Hannum talked about the slow start and the adjustments that his team made at halftime and how they were able to break open the score. 

    “We didn’t play well coming out of the gate,” Hannum said. “We looked sluggish and sloppy and didn’t’ get out to a great start. We have to be a bit sharper on offense throughout the game. Give credit to Kurt (Schlicher) because he had his kids playing well early on. They were a lot more physical than we were. From our perspective we were getting beat up front and that started to change in the second half as we started to increase the tempo and catch them off guard a little bit.” 

    For the Athenians they attempted to mix things up in the second half as they moved Senior Quarterback Cale McCarty to running back, and inserted Freshman Kaiden Underwood under center. Schlicher talked about that decision after the game. 

    “Cale has been an excellent player for us no matter where we put him on the field,” Schlicher said. “He runs well at full-back and we’re excited about the future of what Kaiden can do. This wasn’t a demotion for Cale or a promotion for Kaiden, we’re just trying to see what works best for us right now, and it’s something we’ve worked on a little bit and it showed some promise tonight.” 

    Looking back on the game the thing that will probably haunt the Athenians the most is the penalties that they had tonight. Crawfordsville had numerous false start penalties on offense that put the offense in long-yardage situations, and on defense the Athenians had a penalty that gave the Mounties a first down on a 4th and 2 play. 

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  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:00 PM

    It will be another good old fashioned Montgomery County rivalry game on Friday night as the Crawfordsville Athenians will travel just down US 231 to take on the Southmont Mounties. The Athenians are coming off a blowout 54-6 loss against Danville last week while the Mounties picked up their second win of the season as they picked up a 33-12 win over Frankfort.  

    Both Head Coaches, Kurt Schlicher for the Athenians, and Desson Hannum for the Mounties, talked about what this rivalry means for the kids and how they have talked with their teams about preparing for tonight’s game. 

    “Some of these guys have been known each other and played against each other since elementary school,” Schlicher said of the rivalry. “It certainly adds to the excitement of the game and we know this game means a lot to the people in the county and to the people of both communities of Southmont and Crawfordsville.” 

    Adding to the excitement of the game, it will be Homecoming for the Mounties. Hannum talked about the distractions that his team has to deal with this week and what the team is doing to attempt to block out those distractions. 

    “I think for the kids, they have to focus on what’s most important and that’s picking up a win on Friday night,” Hannum said. “We just have to make sure that we keep the main thing being that we have a job to do on Friday. Anything can happen when you get into a county rivalry with all of the emotions and energy being there. We have to be at our best to come out with a win.” 

    For the Athenians a main focus has been trying to take what they do during the week in practice and make sure they execute those things in a live game situation. Schlicher talks about how the team is preparing to do just that. 

    “I think the big thing is getting some confidence in ourselves,” Schlicher said. “We’ve been seeing improvement each week in practice in everything that we’ve been doing. You build that confidence by getting it during practice. Once we gain that confidence I think it can translate into the game.” 

    The Athenians at 0-4 are still looking for their first win on the season and Schlicher knows that having some success during games can go a long way in order to gaining that confidence throughout the rest of the season. 

    “It’s been obvious that we’ve struggled the last couple of weeks,” Schlicher said of the team’s record so far. “Our goal coming in is just to pick up some first downs because that will get the kids going and also forcing Southmont to punt. If we do both of those things, then our kids will get some confidence.” 

    Hannum talked with his team this week about what they can become and how they can reach higher goals than what they have currently set for themselves. He shared some of what he told the team about setting their goals and raising the bar each week.

    “A lot of our kids on the team have a high ceiling,” Hannum said. “You don’t want them to be satisfied with just being average, you want to push them to become elite players. That has to be the standard that we have for ourselves.” 

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  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:58 PM

    LINDEN – The North Montgomery football team is coming off a loss to the Lebanon Tigers last week as the Chargers comeback fell just short as they were defeated 35-30. This week it doesn’t get any easier for the Chargers as they will welcome Western Boone to North Montgomery as the Chargerswill take on the 3-1 Western Boone Stars. 

    For Head Coach Josh Thompson and his staff, the message to his kids has been simple. 

    “Our biggest thing this week is that we have to believe in ourselves and not be overwhelmed,” Thompson said. “We have to believe that we will go out and compete with Western Boone and put ourselves into a position to win the game. I have no doubt that our kids have that ability to do just that, we just have to show it on the field, and just play more consistently than we did last week against Lebanon.” 

    The Stars ground game this season has been deadly as they have ran for 224 yards per game. It all starts with Senior Brett Wethington who is the main workhorse for the Stars. On the season Wethington has carried the ball 58 times for a total of 459 yards and five scores. 

    Senior Quarterback Spencer Wright is the man under center for Stars as he has thrown for 431 yards and six touchdowns. Wright is really efficient with his passing as he has only thrown one interception on the season. 

    With the season being almost halfway over, Thompson gave his thoughts on how his team has played through the first four games of the year. 

    “On offense we just have to work on moving the ball more consistently down the field,” Thompson said. “On defense I think we have a pretty good season so far. We had a couple of letdowns against Lebanon last week so just like the offense we have to be more consistent week to week. The defense has also increased the amount of turnovers they are coming up with each week. I just think the biggest thing is playing consistent on both sides. When we show up and compete like I know we can, I think we can compete against anybody.” 

    When speaking of the Stars, Thompson had many good things to say and knows that they will provide a tough challenge but re-stated that his team is up for the challenge and is ready to take it to the defending 2A State Champions.

    “They are going to go out there and play their style of football and do so very consistently,” Thompson said. “They are very good on both sides of the football but we just have to go out there and believe in ourselves and I think we can beat anyone on our schedule.” 

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  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:57 PM
    This week’s countdown of the top 150 players in Purdue football history features a handful of standouts from the Jack Mollenkopf era, which remains the Boilermakers’ standard for long-term success.

    There’s also a quarterback in this countdown – surprise, surprise. But this QB’s story is one of the greatest surprises in the last 25 years.

    No. 130
    Steve Bryant

    Bryant’s finest moment at Purdue came early in the 1981 season, catching a fourth down, 7-yard touchdown pass from Scott Campbell with 19 seconds remaining to draw the Boilermakers within a point against Notre Dame. Bryant then caught the game-winning 2-point conversion throw. The TD reception was one of a then-record 11 Bryant would catch during his senior year.

    No. 129
    Billy Dicken

    At the lowest point of his Purdue career, Dicken considered a move to defensive back because of all the injuries he suffered. Luckily for him, Joe Tiller brought his basketball on grass offense in 1997. Dicken earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a fifth-year senior, leading the conference in pass attempts (407), completions (224), passing yards (3,136) and touchdown passes (21).

    No. 128 
    Bob Corby

    A three-year starter at defensive back, Corby (1965-67) became the first Boilermaker to reach 10 career interceptions. His six interceptions as a senior gave him 11 for his career.

    No. 127
    Gilbert Gardner

    He came to Purdue from Texas as a wide receiver, but Gardner was one of several impact freshmen on the 2000 Big Ten championship team as a linebacker. He would go on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts during a five-year NFL career.

    No. 126 
    Marc Foster

    One of only three Purdue defensive backs to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors twice in the past 31 years (Jimmy Young, Stuart Schweigert), Foster matched Corby’s 11 career interceptions in 1988.
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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:33 PM

    Crawfordsville, North Montgomery, and Southmont’s girl’s golf teams met at the Crawfordsville Country Club on Wednesday night with the County Championship on the line. After finishing just one stroke short of a conference title last Saturday, the Mounties were playing with a chip on their shoulder. That chip fueled the team to shoot a 174 on the night and the Mounties walked away with the county title. 

    It came down to a tie-breaker between the Athenians and Chargers to see who came out in second place as both teams shot a 214. The fifth place score of 59 from North Montgomery’s Grace Littell, ended up being better than the 61 of Crawfordsville’s Sadie Walker. That two stroke difference gave the Chargers second place. Head Coach Nick Johnson talked about his team’s performance and looked ahead to Saturday’s sectional.

    “214 is a lot better than what we have been shooting recently,” Johnson said. “I want to say that we’re peaking at the time, but we will see come Saturday. Having Chole back definitely helped us tonight and Abbie Horn played really well tonight as she shot a 49 as she improved 14 strokes from her last meet. If we play well on Saturday, I could see us getting one or maybe two of our girls advancing to regionals. I think if we shoot under 400 as a team that we will have a shot. Overall I’m very optimistic that there’s a chance that we can get out, it all depends on how the kids swing.” 

    The Mounties were plagued by putting woes at the conference meet and Head Coach Bill Whalen used that to motivate the team heading into Wednesday night and it worked. 

    “We still had the score sheet up there at practice on Monday and all we did at practice that day was putt for two hours. We know the task that we have ahead of us and what we have to accomplish. I also didn’t want them to overlook tonight and they did a great job overall. I hope they use this as a springboard into Saturday.” 

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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:36 PM

    The Crawfordsville Athenian girls’ soccer team was able to pick up their first win on the season on Wednesday night as the team hosted South Vermillion and came away with a 1-0 victory. Coming into the matchup the Athenians sat at 0-9. The lone goal for the Athenians was scored by Freshman Lorelei Schmitzer Torbert with a little over four minutes remaining in the game. 

    “I think this win was the uplift that our team needed half way through the season,” Head Coach Laurie Vellner said after the win. “It definitely was a great feeling not only for us a coaching staff, but most importantly for our girls to come away with their first win.” 

    The Athenians controlled the ball for much of the game and were able to be aggressive and attack the goal which has been an emphasis for Vellner and her staff this season. 

    “I think that was a huge confidence boost for us tonight,” Vellner said of her team’s offensive performance. “We’ll go back and watch film so we can show them that they can possess the ball and move the ball down the field for most of the game.”

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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:51 AM

    NEW MARKET – The Southmont Mounties volleyball team hosted Sagamore Conference opponent Lebanon on Tuesday night. This matchup featured two of the top teams in the SAC with the Mounties having a record of 11-2 and the Tigers 9-4.

    The two teams battled back and fourth all night and it came to a fifth and final set to determine a winner. The Mounties were able to pull through and come away with the victory 3-2 by a final score of 25-17, 24-26, 25-18, 21-25, and 15-11. Head Coach Lauran Thompson talked about her team’s perseverance in the five-set win.

    “I just told them that they’re a resilient group,” Thompson said. “We’ve been battling some injuries and even had a girl who left because she was sick tonight an hour before the match. They just find ways to win never give up and down the road when we’re playing in the tournament I hope that nights like these will serve us well.”

    In the fourth set the Mounties almost put the game away, but their comeback fell just short. Down 13-22, the Mounties rallied to lose by just four points.

    As the team posts a 12-2 record Thompson knows that her team can play even better and has her girls focused on that.

    “The best thing is we aren’t even playing our best volleyball yet,” Thompson said. “It’s exciting to think about what we can be when we are at that point. Our record and the success we’re having so far speaks to the work ethic that our girls have.”

    Thompson mentioned that she uses a seven girl rotation in her lineups. The Mounties are able to find success with having multiple people playing multiple possessions. Thompson talks about that versatility that her team is able to have.

    “It’s really nice to have those different options out there on the court ,” Thompson said . “If someone isn’t on their A-game that night it always helps when you can have one of your talented JV girls give you some sets out there.”

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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:39 PM

    NEW MARKET – The Southmont Mountie tennis team continued their impressive season on Tuesday night as they traveled to Covington to take on the Trojans. The Mounties came out victorious 3-1-1 with the tie coming in No. 1 singles because of it becoming too dark for play to continue. 
    Connor McVay played the fastest match of his career and improved his individual record to 13-1 on the year.

    Full results for the Mounties are as follows: 

    No. 1 singles Adam Cox (SM) TIED (darkness) Calvin Springer (Cov) 6-7, 7-6
    No. 2 Singles Evan Norton (Cov) def. Trevor McKinney (SM) 5-7, 2-6
    No. 3 Singles Connor McVay (SM) def. Eli Bately (Cov) 6-0, 6-0
    No. 1 Doubles Reese Long & Micah Kohorn (SM) def. Nolan Potter & Myles Potter (Cov) 6-2, 6-2
    No. 2 Doubles Luke Tesmer & EJ Brewer (SM) def. Nick Turner & Jack Kindell (Cov) 4-6, 6-0, 7-5

    The win for the Mounties improves their record to 12-2 on the season. The team will return to action on Thursday when the team will be on the road again as they travel to Terre Haute South Vigo.

    Chargers fall in competitive match against Frankfort

    FRANKFORT – The Chargers tennis team were back on the courts Tuesday as the team traveled to face Sagamore Conference opponent Frankfort. The Chargers after coming off a 2-3 loss yesterday to the Athenians were looking to build off that loss against the hotdogs. 
    In the end the Hotdogs would come away with 5-0 win.

    Full results for the Chargers are as follows: 

    No. 1 Singles Noah Wilder (FF) def. Jakob Kirsch (NM) 6-0, 6-1
    No. 2 Singles Jim Ostler (FF) def. Hunter Kashon (NM) 6-2, 6-4
    No. 3 Singles Chase Thomas (FF) def. Brookes Walters (NM) 6-3, 6-1
    No. 1 Doubles Riley Grasham & Jesus Garcia (FF) def. Carter Livingston & Will McKinniss (NM) 4-6, 7-6. 10-5
    No. 2 Doubles Luke Hodge & Carter Wilson (FF) def. Hayden Turner & Ben Eldridge (NM) 6-3, 7-6

    The Chargers will be back in action on Thursday as they will host Seeger. 

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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:05 PM

    The public school system began in Waveland in the late 1880s, probably 1888.  As was the case in several of the larger towns in the County, Waveland had some private educational institutions, most notably the Waveland Presbyterian Academy.  They were playing organized sports as early as 1901 as they were fielding a football team. They were also playing baseball in the early 1900s. The earliest basketball team that I can find a picture of is the 1914-15 team.

    The Waveland Hornets won six sectional tournaments and four County crowns. There were many outstanding players from Waveland including Charlie Arvin, Bob Gooding, Lowell Harbison and Don Priebe from the 40’s, John Miles, Richard “Red” Smith, Bill Wheeler, Keith Greve  and Bob Harbison from the 50’s, and Herschel Tague, Don Evans, and Mike Mitchell from the 60’s. Mike Mitchell ended up with 1473 career points placing him second to Bill Greve with 1777 points. The Hornets boasted six players who scored over 1,000 points in their careers. Bill Greve and Mike Mitchell were followed by Bill Wheeler with 1065 points, Keith Greve with 1048 points, Herschel Tague with 1035 points, and Phil Myers with 1014 points.
    Two other Hornets who played with Harbison and were outstanding were Daryel Newell and Bill Wheeler.  Newell was a classmate of Bob Harbison graduating in 1953.  He played on five championship teams as the Hornets won the County and sectional in 1951, the sectional in 1952 and the County and sectional in 1953.

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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:31 AM

    NEW MARKET – The Lady Mounties hosted undefeated Tri-West on Monday and The Bruins offense continued to shine as they scored seven goals in a 7-1 win over the Mounties.

    The first 20 minutes of the game saw the Mounties play very well as they held the Bruins scoreless. The Bruins then found their rhythm and scored all three of their first half goals in the last 18 minutes of the game. The Bruins tallied four more goals in the second half to pull away.

    “Tri-West is a very good team and they showed that tonight,” said Head Coach Phil Keller. “I think this humbles us a little bit since we’ve been playing pretty well the last couple of game. We definitely know what we need to work on now.”

    The Mounties have been battling a few injuries to some key starters on their team as. Heading into the game they were down two starters and during the game they lost a third starter. Fortunately for the Mounties they will have a week off before their next match.

    “It was tough that we didn’t have three of our starters tonight,” Keller said. “I’d rather them sit out and rest and have them for the rest of the season than risk losing them for the rest of the year.”

    The loss drops the Mounties record to 3-3 -1 on the season and they will be back in action next Monday (9/23) as they will host Cascade.

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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:05 AM

    LINDEN – The Crawfordsville and North Montgomery Tennis teams met for the first time this season on Monday night. Both teams were looking for their first victory on the season and it was the Athenians who came out on top in a very close 3-2 win. 

    For the Athenians their three wins came in No. 1 singles with Austin Motz, No. 2 singles Thatcher Gambrel, and in No. 1 doubles with the duo of Owen Bennett and Zach Fichter. 

    The Chargers win came via No. 3 singles Brookes Walters and in No. 2 doubles with the tandem of Hayden Turner and Ben Eldridge. 

    Full results are as follows. 

    No. 1 Singles Austin Motz (Cville) def. Jakob Kirsch (NM) 6-3, 6-0
    No. 2 Singles Thatcher Gambrel (Cville) def. Hunter Kashon (NM) 6-3, 6-1
    No. 3 Singles Brookes Walters (NM) def. Ziair Morgan (Cville) 6-1, 6-1
    No. 1 Doubles Owen Bennett & Zach Fichter (Cville) def. Carter Livingston & Will McKinniss (NM) 6-3, 6-3
    No. 2 Doubles Hayden Turner & Ben Eldridge (NM) def. Peyton Greoumautis & Jacob Burke (Cville) 7-8, 6-0, 6-1

    The Athenians will host Danville on Tuesday while the Chargers will also be in action Tuesday evening as they will travel to take on Frankfort. 

    Mounties come away with win over Greencastle

    NEW MARKET – The Southmont Mounties also were in action on Monday as the team hosted Greencastle. Despite a loss in No. 1 singles by Freshman Adam Cox, the team was able to pick up a 3-2 win over the Tiger Cubs. 

    Results for the Mounties are as follows: 

    No. 1 Singles Trent Ross (GC) def. Adam Cox (SM) 6-1, 6-0
    No. 2 Singles Anthony Conley (GC) def. Trevor McKinney (SM) 8-6. 6-4
    No. 3 Singles Connor McVay (SM) def. Henry Carter 6-3, 6-0
    No. 1 Doubles Reese Long & Micah Kohorn (SM) def. Holton Miller & Collin Gasway 6-3, 6-0
    No. 2 Doubles Luke Tesmer & EJ Brewer (SM) def. Eli Hardwick & Boyd Ensley 6-2, 6-2

    The Mounties improve to 11-2 on the season (2-1 SAC) and will travel to take on Covington Tuesday night. 

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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:03 AM

    The Crawfordsville girl’s golf team celebrated senior night on Monday night honoring Georgia Kincaid as they hosted Attica and Seeger. Kincaid along with the rest of the Athenians were able to celebrate a win to go along with their last home match of the season as they shot a 210 on the night to pick up the victory. 

    Seeger finished in second place with a 212 while Attica shot a 245. 

    The Athenians were led by First Team All-Conference selection (with her performance at the conference meet over the weekend) Bailey Mittal who took home the individual medalist honors with a 47. Gwen Redding followed in second for the Athenians with a 52. Twin sister Evie Redding carded a 54 with Kincaid shooting a 57 in her last home meet. Rounding out the score for the Athenians was Sadie Walker (67) and McKenzie Wilson (69). 

    The Athenians will be back in action on Wednesday as the will face off against Southmont and North Montgomery for the county title. 

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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:01 AM

    NEW MARKET – The Lady Mounties were back in action on Monday night as they would host the South Putnam Eagles. The 10-2 Mounties coming in were winners of two straight and looking to continue that with a win. 

    The Mounties claimed the first set of the match 25-16. The Lady Eagles responded in a big way in the second as they were the aggressors and were able to win the second set going away by a final of 25-14. After losing the second set the Mounties wouldn’t hold back and claim the next two sets 25-15 and 25-14 to pick up their 11th win on the year by a final of 25-16, 14-25, 25-15, and 25-14. 

    “In the second we were just making silly errors,” Head Coach Lauran Thompson said. “We got back to serving much more efficiently and started to take control of the game. I want our girls to go out there and be aggressive, but you can’t just give teams free points like we did. It all comes down to playing more consistently and keeping those errors down to a minimum, and let the other team make those errors instead then you won’t be having those self-inflicted wounds. “

    The Mounties front-line of defenders can be pretty intimidating for the opponent as they have Junior setter Sidney Veatch who stands a 5’10, and Senior Outside Hitter Alexis Nelson (5’11) blocking opposing teams shots often. Nichols talked about how big of an asset that those two ladies are and how they impact the game with their size. 

    “Having a front-line like we have and combining that with a great defense behind them is a really great thing to have,” Thompson said. “As an opposing player it affects you mentally when you have to go up against that. Along with affecting the other team, it gives us a huge boost of energy when we get blocks like we did tonight. It’s nice to have that front-line because we haven’t always had that in the past.” 

    The win improves the Mounties record to 11-2 on the season. The team will return to action on Tuesday as they will host Lebanon. 

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  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:02 AM

    NEW MARKET – The Southmont Mounties had something to prove on Friday night as they hosted the Frankfort Hotdogs. Coming off a week in which the Mounties were defeated by county rival North Montgomery, the Mounties were looking to get back to the physical style of play that Head Coach Desson Hannum wants his team to play. 

    The Mounties did just that and were able to win convincingly by a final score of 33-12 to pick up their second win of the season. 

    “I thought our team responded really well tonight,” Head Coach Desson Hannum said of his team’s performance. “We were able to get back to running the football effectively and in the process able to put some points on the board.” 

    Last week against the Chargers, the Mounties were beaten on the offensive and defensive lines. Hannum made that a focal point this week in practice and it showed in the win. 

    “We did a great job of finishing our blocks tonight,” Hannum said. “Both sides of our line played a lot better than last week and that was key for us because with them playing well, we were able to establish our ground game.” 

    On the defensive side of the ball the Mounties keen in not giving up many big plays. That stayed true tonight as the defense was pitching a shutout until with five minutes remaining in the game when the Hotdogs were able to end the shutout bid. 

    “Our defense tackled extremely well tonight,” Hannum said of his defense. “Hopefully this win can get us moving in the right direction as we continue to improve every week. That’s the goal for us is to continuing to get better and that starts in practice and we hope it translates on Friday nights.” 

    With the win the Mounties improve to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in Sagamore Conference play. They will stay at home next week as they will welcome in county rival Crawfordsville (0-4) who lost to Danville 54-6, as the Mounties will look to get their overall record, and conference record above .500

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