NEW MARKET – Southmont looks to bounce back this Friday when they entertain North Putnam Friday night at Mountie Field.

The Mounties will look to improve on all facets of their game after last week’s loss at Fountain Central. Southmont was able to muster just 137 yards of total offense. 52 of those yards were in one play when sophomore Logan Smith broke free down the sideline in the fourth quarter.

“Fountain Central physically overran us, and it was demoralizing as a team that is usually the aggressor and manhandles their opponent.” Head coach Desson Hannum said. “We’ll have to come out more aggressive against the Cougars.”

North Putnam enters the game 1-0 behind a 20-13 win over former West Central Conference, and now Western Indiana Conference rival, Cascade.

The Mounties do lead the overall series 26-19. However, North Putnam won last year’s game 31-21 in Roachdale, Ind. Southmont had won the previous three meetings in the series by an average of 18 points per game prior to last year’s setback.

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Chadwick led Southmont against the Mustangs as he completed 4-for 8 for 16 passing yards and garnered 39 yards on 10 carries. Seniors Boone Welliever and Kaleb Swick led the receiving corp. Welliever had two catches for 14 yards and Swick had a grab, good enough for five yards.

The Mounties big play on the night came in the second quarter when Antonio Burks returned the Mustang kickoff 82 yards to the house.

The Mounties will look to sustain drives, and finish them in the end zone, as they host the Cougars Friday at 7 p.m.