Last time out, North Montgomery rushed the ball to a 21-7 victory over County rival Crawfordsville.

The Chargers only passed the ball three times the entire game last week as they differed to the run play 45 times for 213 yards.

The Western Boone Stars come into Friday’s game sitting at 4-2 on the year and 2-2 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference. The Stars like to go to the run-option offense where quarterback James Gilliam can decide whether he wants to pitch the ball to the tailback or keep it himself to gain yardage. Gilliam has rushed the ball 38 times for 95 yards. His QB rating is a pedestrian 63.1 as he has completed 20 passes on 50 attempts for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior running back Zach Belcher has 59 carries for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Ryan Solomon has five touchdowns to go with 236 yards on an even 50 carries.
Senior wideout Aaron Cook has 12 receptions on 141 yards with one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Garrett Miller leads the team with tackles with 55, 20 of them being assisted. Bryce Coppock has four sacks to lead the defensive unit.

North Montgomery head coach Josh Thompson says that the team’s primary focus during the week of practices was to be “assignment-perfect,” and to contain the Stars big plays.

Thompson also said that his Chargers are going to take whatever the defense gives his offensive unit led by the arm of QB Collin Knecht and the feet of sophomore halfback Bryce Claycomb.

Knecht has completed half of his 122 passes for 791 yards while finding the end-zone six times. The junior signal-caller has also rushed for a team-high six touchdowns. Claycomb has rushed for 216 yards on 57 carries. Senior running back Caleb Randolph has 177 yards on 35 carries. Junior wideout Dalton Surface has caught 15 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensively, senior Tanner Webster leads the Chargers with 79 total tackles. 35 of those tackles were assisted. Senior Cole Slavens leads the team in hunting the QB with three sacks.

The Chargers are 3-3 on the year and 1-3 in the conference. They travel to Thorntown, Ind. on Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff.