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.” 

The Mounties coming into the Homecoming game, have defeated the Athenians the last two seasons. Both of the wins the last two years have seen the Mounties score over 40 points. 

Both teams will want to get their ground games established as the Mounties and Cameron Giles will look to continue to dominate the ground. Giles has ran for 345 yards and six touchdowns on the ground for the Mounties. 

Senior Running Back Noah Allen has carried the ball 61 times for 261 yards for the Athenians so whichever team is able to establish the ground game early, will be put in good position to come out with a win.