On paper, Friday night’s game between Tri-West and Southmont should not have even been a contest.

As expected the Bruins got the victory, 34-7 over the Mounties but it was not as easy as they had hoped.

Instead, the Mounties gave the Bruins (6-1, 5-0 Sagamore Athletic Conference) all they could handle, dominating the time of possession and driving the ball deep into Bruin territory on nearly every offensive possession.

“I don’t care what the papers say or what the records show, this is a tough win every year.” Tri-West coach Chris Coll said. “Coach Hannum has been very successful and they’re a very tough program to play against."

Big stops by Bruin defensive ends Cameron Cole and Peyton Hendershot halted any would-be drives for the Mounties (1-6, 1-4 SAC). They got as close as the Bruin 1-yard line on their opening drive but a couple of big plays by the Bruin front four nullified those excellent opportunities.

Coll praised his defense’s "bend but don’t break" mentality against a hard-nosed Mountie attack.

“Our kids battled and I’m proud of the way they competed." Coll continued. “They found a way to get a victory because it was tough.”

Once the Bruins found their offensive mojo in the second quarter it went all downhill for the Mounties. 

Bruin quarterback, Jake Hill put the team on his back in the waning minutes of the second quarter. He scored once with his legs from 18 yards out and then through the air with a 46-yard strike to Hendershot after the Bruins were backed up with a penalty.

Once he opened things up, that’s when the Tri-West rushing attack started to take hold. 

Derek Lucas, Casey Coll and Sam Fulton each grabbed a score in the second half a combined for a total of 139 yards on the ground; most of which came in the second half. Lucas earned the bulk of those yards with 110.

Coach Coll knows he’s got a pretty extensive arsenal to work with but preaches that his team needs to maintain a constant edge.

“We do have some different ways of doing things but tonight, constancy was an issue." he said. “We weren’t overly efficient with the ball at times and we made some mistakes. We need to be more consistent on offense, especially when our defense is battling like (they were tonight)."

Dawson Beck led the way for the Mounties offensively, running the ball 21 times for 92 yards. He also caught two passes for 30 yards and Southmont’s lone touchdown in the second quarter.

Tri-West will take their talents up north to Montgomery County to take on SAC rival Crawfordsville. The Bruins won last year’s contest over the Athenians (2-5, 2-2 SAC) 56-21. The Mounties will return home for a date with Class 4A Lebanon, a team that beat them 55-20 a season ago. The Tigers (5-2, 4-1 SAC) are averaging just over 43.5 points a game this year.