Crawfordsville raced out to a 14-0 halftime advantage over county and Conference rival, Southmont on Friday.

The Athenians were able to withstand a furious comeback to keep the Mounties from clinching the county crown, with a 21-13 win.

“Our guys did a great job of responding to adversity tonight.” Athenian head coach Larry Getts said. “They had every excuse to chuck it in with the injuries we sustained—but, it was next man up, and they got it done.”

The Athenians scored on two 66-yard drives in the first half. They capped first on a 2-yard run by Trent Johnson in the first, and the second on a 4-yard dive by Caden Jones right before half.

Souhtmont had their chances in the first half, with the ball twice in the Athenian red zone. However, two Daulton Bridgewater interceptions kept them scoreless.

“I have to give credit to the defensive line.” An ecstatic Bridgewater said. “They put pressure on Chadwick, which made him throw it sooner than he wanted too, and I was in the right place at the right time.”

Southmont came out of the half looking to get back into it. They took their opening possession 61-yards before Hunter Chadwick found Kaleb Swick wide open for a 14-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-6.

“We didn’t say anything special at the half.” Mountie head coach Desson Hannum said. “We had the ball multiple times in the red zone and were called for penalty after penalty, and then we turned it over.”

“You can’t do those things and expect to win football games.” he continued. “Those things are unacceptable, and we need to convert when we get the ball down there, no matter what happens.”

Southmont was flagged 15 times for 121 yards, including eight in the second half for 83 yards. While Crawfordsville was flagged four times for 20 yards and none in the second half.

Tempers flared with 2:04 left in the third. Bodies flew everywhere after a play resulting in a player from each team being ejected.

Crawfordsville took advantage on their first play from scrimmage. Johnson completed his only pass of the night, a 32-yard reception by Elliott Stewart, to move it to the Mountie 23 yard line. They would score eight plays later for the 21-6 lead.

“The big momentum play was the pass to Elliott.” Getts admired. “We caught them with their heads down trying to make their adjustments—Trent threw it up, and Elliott did a nice job running under it.”

South responded driving 56 yards in four plays, capped by a Boone Welliever 35-yard touchdown run, but could not get the equalizer.

Crawfordsville (2-3, 2-1 SAC) was led by Johnson’s 82 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, while Caden Jones finished with 81 yards on 17 carries and one score. They will look to win the county championship when they travel to North Montgomery next Friday.

Hunter Chadwick led Southmont (1-4, 1-2 SAC) with 81-yards rushing on 12 carries. He also had 69 yards passing and the touchdown to Swick. They will host Danville Friday.