NEW MARKET—The Southmont Mounties football team will look to gain a win on Homecoming night against Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Danville.

Last week, the Mounties had the opportunity to clinch the Montgomery County title for the second time in three years but ultimately fell short to Crawfordsville.

“There is a bit more added pressure to win Homecoming.” Head coach Desson Hannum said. “It’s another conference game and all the teams in the conference have been competitive this year.”

Hannum said that his Mounties team was disappointed that they were not able to clinch the County title.

“We did not play well enough to win last week.” Hannum said. “We have to do things that good football teams do.”

Southmont holds a 1-4 overall record and a 1-2 conference record. The Mounties have relied heavily on their rushing attack as a team averaging 183 yards on the ground. Junior Kyle Nunemaker leads the level-headed rushing attack with 375 yards on 64 carries good for 93.8 yards per game. He has three rushing touchdowns and one game with 100-plus rushing yards.

Sophomore Hunter Chadwick has shown his versatility at the quarterback position throwing 62 times and rushing 50 times. Through the air, Chadwick has completed 53 percent of his passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. He boasts a 64.2 quarterback rating, while rushing for 171 yards.

In the reception department, senior Kaleb Swick has averaged 20.9 yards per catch including a 46 yarder, his longest reception to date. Swick has two touchdowns this season.

“Going forward, if we want to be successful, we have to cut down on the penalties and mental mistakes.” Hannum said. “For us, the margin of error is slim.”

Danville is a 3-2 team that will look to complete that “big play” if the opposing defense lets them. Coming in also at 1-2 in the conference, the Warriors have a trio of offensive stars that can become the spark plug to their offense.

Christian Schabel is the man under center and will not be shy to throw the deep ball. Hannum called him a “multi-year starter who can really throw the ball.”

Schabel has completed 50 passes out of 112 attempts collecting 702 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions. He holds a 63.9 QB rating going into Friday’s contest. Rushing has been held down by senior James Cosgrove, who has 462 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Zach Luken is Schabel’s favorite target with 11 receptions for 228 yards on the year.

“We have to make sure we do very well going into Friday.” Hannum said. “We have to make sure we don’t give up the big play on offense or defense.”