LINDEN – The North Montgomery Chargers (6-4) were able to advance in the Class 3A Sectional 28 tournament last week when they defeated cross-town rival Crawfordsville in dominating fashion by a final score of 49-12. This week in order for the Chargers to advance to the sectional championship game, they will have to take down the No. 1 team in 3A and No. 3 ranked overall, as they host the Bishop Chatard Trojans (9-1). 

The Trojans come in after a dominate 49-14 win over Brebeuf last week. Head Coach Josh Thompson is keeping the same mentality as normal as the Chargers prep to take on the Trojans. 

“We just have to come ready to play,” Thompson said. “We also have to come and get off to a great start. Offensively after fumbling the ball a few times last week, we have to make sure that we maintain ball security. On the defensive side of the ball limiting their big plays will also play a factor in the game for us.”

The Chargers have been hard at work all week in practice and in the film room in preparation for the game. Thompson talks about what the Trojans do so well and how his team is will attempt to slow them down during the game. 

“They do the little things very well,” Thompson said of the Trojans. “They block well up front, their running back runs the ball really well and very hard. On defense we expect to see some different blitzes from them, some of which we haven’t seen all year. Some of that will come down to communication and having our eyes up on offense in order to pick those things up.” 

The Trojans come into the game averaging right around 364 yards of total offense. The team is led by Senior Quarterback Kyle Cheek. Cheek on the season has thrown for 1596 yards, 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions. On the ground Daylen Taylor will be the back who gets a bulk of the carries as he has carried the ball 156 times for 1362 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Taylor has seven games this season where he has ran for over 100 yards. 

Despite all the numbers and records favoring the Trojans to win this game, Thompson has constantly stated throughout the season that he believes his team can compete with any team they match up against. Thompson talks about how his team can come out on Friday night and compete with the Trojans. 

“We know it’s tournament time and we’re going to get everyone’s best,” Thompson said. “Like every game this season, we’re going to try to stop what they do well and on offense take what we can. It comes down to playing good, solid football if want to compete with them.” 

This will the first time since Oct. 22, 2010 that the Trojans and Chargers have met against one another. The Trojans won that matchup by a 49-14 final score in the opening round of sectional play. Thompson talked about what it would mean if his team was able to pick up a win and move on to play for a sectional title game. 

“It’d mean a lot to our kids to be able to advance and have the chance to play for a sectional title,” Thompson said. “They’ve all worked really hard and for them to have that kind of success would be great. For that to happen we have to make sure that we take what we’ve done in practice this week and carry it over into the game tonight. I have no doubt that we can come out and play well, but we have to have great execution in order for that to happen.” 

The Chargers will be looking to advance to their first sectional title game since 2015.