LINDEN – The North Montgomery Chargers knew they had a very tall task ahead of them on Friday night as they hosted the No. 1 team in Class 3A (No. 3 overall in the state) the Bishop Chatard Trojans. (9-1). 

The game started out pretty well for the Chargers defense as they forced the Trojans to go three and out on their first drive. However after that drive the Trojans offense woke up in a big way. Daylen Taylor took a swing pass into the end zone for the first score of the game for the Trojans with 6:49 left in the first quarter to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead and they never looked back as the Chargers season came to an end as they fell by a final score of 49-12. 

Head Coach Josh Thompson talked about the message he shared with his team after the Chargers season ending loss. 

“We ask the kids at the end of each season to shake the senior’s hands after our final game,” Thompson said. “These guys, especially the ones who have spent four years in the program deserve that. I told them that high school football is a game that unfortunately doesn’t last long enough. You’re guaranteed 10 games a season, then after that it’s whatever we can do in the post-season. I told them to enjoy it because it will be gone before you realize it. You can see that in our senior’s eyes tonight.” 

Thompson has talked all season about how his group of seniors have led the way for the program. One last time after the game, he reflected back on this senior class, and what it’s meant to him and to North Montgomery Football. 

“I’m really going to miss these guys,” Thompson said of his eight seniors. “They’re a great group of guys and the program will miss them as well. They’re a real fun group to be around and they love the game of football and you can tell when they practice and when they play out on the field. Unfortunately for them it ended too soon.” 

The Trojans were able to use their prolific running attack all night as they were able to get anything they wanted on the ground as Taylor accounted for three touchdowns on the night. Senior Quarterback Jaron Bradford did not have the end to his high school career that he would have liked as he threw three interceptions in the game, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Thompson talked about how the Trojans were able to dominate the game all night long. 

“They were able to block up front very well tonight,” Thompson said. “All of their running backs ran the ball hard and we just struggled with our tackling tonight. That was a focus during the week was being able to finish tackles and we just weren’t able to do that tonight. You have to give credit to Chatard, they’re a really good football team. 

Overall the Chargers can look at this season and be very proud of the way they played. It seemed as if they were in every football game in a tough Sagamore Conference. Their losses this season were to North Putnam (21-20), Lebanon (35-30), Western Boone (28-14), and Tri-West (39-36). Thompson gave his thoughts on what was a great season for his team. 

“I thought our kids competed well in every game this season,” Thompson said. “We had a few games last year which were a struggle, but I thought this season we competed and never gave up in any game. I couldn’t be more proud of this team, especially the seniors. We made huge strides this season and our seniors are a big reason for those strides.” 

The Chargers end their season with an overall record of 6-5.