NEW MARKET – If you look at records coming into Friday’s game at Southmont, you’d think the Chargers would have the upper hand.

However, just like any rivalry game, you can throw out the records and it’s anyone’s ballgame.

The teams have split the last three meetings, with North Montgomery winning the last two including last year’s 48-6 win at Charger Field.

North Montgomery currently stands at 2-0 with wins over Benton Central and Owen Valley. They average 27 points per game offensively while giving up just 10.

The Mounties are 0-2 with a week one loss to Fountain Central and a 12-6 loss at the hands of North Putnam last Friday. The Mounties score 10 points per game while surrendering 33.5.

The Chargers strength is their offensive line. Behind those five guys, North averages over 200 yards rushing and 152 through the air.

Caleb Randolph leads the ground attack with 141 yards on 22 carries while Nate Emmert has 110 yards on 18 touches.

Isaac Fruits leads the receiving Corp with seven catches for 115 yards and Dalton Surface has four catches for 60 yards.

North’s defense is led by Tanner Webster’s 23 tackles and Cole Slavens 10, including two sacks.

“We’ve been doing a great of job of having our defense pick up our offense or vice versa.” Third year Charger coach Josh Thompson said. “We need to continue that momentum heading into the South game.”

The Mountie defense stepped up last week keeping the Cougars out of the end zone. They are led defensively by Boone Welliever with 17 tackles and 14 from Elijah Sparks.

“I was very proud of our defensive effort last week.” Head coach Desson Hannum said, who’s in his tenth year with the Mounties. “We need to do a better job limiting our turnovers.”

Offensively, they average almost 100 yards on the ground and 82 through the air. Kyle Nunemaker’s their leading threat with 64 rushing yards and Hunter Chadwick has 35 on the ground.

Chadwick’s favorite targets are seniors Kaleb Swick, four catches for 83 yards, and Welliever’s, 62 yards on five grabs.

Both teams will look to start 1-0 in Conference play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Southmont.