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. 

Near the end of the game Crawfordsville was called for a few un-sportsmanlike penalties as well as frustration started to boil over. Schlicher talked about the penalties and how his team needs to correct those moving forward. 

“Our guys just aren’t disciplined right now,” Schlicher said. “We’ve had this happen every week. We work on and we just can’t seem to figure it out. You can’t win football games with the mistakes that we’re making right now. Those personal foul calls are selfish plays by our guys and we have to clean that stuff, and teach them that those kind of plays are losing plays.” 

The Mounties and the Giles-led-offense put up over 300 total rushing yards and over 400 total yards of offense in the win. Hannum after the game talked about Giles and how he is able to impact the game in many ways for the Mounties. 

“I think the biggest thing that Cameron does for our team is that the kids have confidence in him,” Hannum said of his senior. “He brings confidence into the huddle and the kids feed off of his emotions and the swagger that he brings. Along with being great running with the ball, I think he does a great job of throwing the ball down the field. We have to work on the short and medium throws, but that will come with time.” 

The win for the Mounties marks the third straight victory over the Athenians and pushes their overall record on the season to 3-2 (2-1 SAC). The Mounties will hit the road next week for a tough test in Danville (2-3, 2-1 SAC) who lost a nail biter of a game to Tri-West 27-26. 

The loss for the Athenians drops their record to 0-5 on the season (0-3 SAC). The Athenians will have their homecoming next week as they will host county rival North Montgomery (2-3, 1-2 SAC).