LINDEN—Friday’s storms did not delay the contest between visiting Owen Valley and North Montgomery.

Instead, the Chargers raced out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. With 6:02 left and the ball at the five yard line, quarterback Collin Knecht rolled to his left on a play-action pass only to tuck the ball under his left arm and race a Patriot defender to the pylon.

Running back Caleb Randolph took a handoff up the middle from the Patriot’s 2-yard line to increase the lead to 13 with 2:07 remaining in the opening quarter.

The second quarter seemed to drain the Chargers’ energy as both teams started to trade punts. Knecht would get a ball thrown down the middle intercepted before Randolph stripped it out for a fumble recovery before the Owen Valley defender could even get a stride going. Still in the Patriots red zone, Knecht would attempt a fade to Isaac Fruits only to be picked off again.

The second half continued to be rough. Both teams traded 3-and-out possessions before North Montgomery sustained a drive. Knecht would score his second rushing touchdown with a quarterback keeper. The signal-caller would get a passing touchdown as well as he completed a 39-yard strike to Micah Wray to cap things off at 27-7.
“I really wasn’t too happy with our second or third quarters.” Head coach Josh Thompson said. “I thought the kids played well defensively in the third, offensively is where we kind of shot ourselves in the foot—there are times where one side has to pick up the other side, and we did that tonight”

Senior running back and linebacker Tanner Webster was the difference maker on both sides of the slippery, muddied grass Friday evening.

Webster rushed the ball eight times for 67 yards and led the game with 15 total tackles, four of which were assisted.

“This was definitely a team we should have competed well with and obviously we came out on top.” Thompson said. “Improvement is the goal throughout the season.”

With County and Conference play coming up, Thompson feels that his team knows that they need to improve to be one of the teams competing for a state title in November.

“It’s going to be huge to continue our momentum.” He said. “It begins next week with a County and Conference rival in Southmont and our kids know that.”

Southmont gets to stay home for the county rivalry. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.