North Montgomery will honor the past, Friday night when they host County and Sagamore Conference rival Crawfordsville.

The Chargers will honor their state championship football teams from 1995 and 1996 and they will also celebrate Homecoming. The guys on the gridiron will look to earn their first conference win against the Athenians in the meantime.

“The players know that Friday is a big night for us with homecoming and recognizing the state championship teams, but we are going to focus on what we can control.” Charger head coach Josh Thompson said.

The Athenians on the other hand are looking to earn their first Montgomery County championship since 2007 and continue making strides in head coach Larry Getts first year.

“Winning the county championship would be a great boost to building a program and hopefully serve as a springboard for the future.” Getts said. “Both teams are aware of what’s at stake.”

The Chargers (2-4, 0-4 SAC) have played one of the toughest Conference schedules thus far. With losses to Tri-West and Lebanon, who are both 3-0 in Conference play, and a loss to county rival Southmont in week three, they will look to keep the Athenians from that county championship.

“Playing a county rival is always a big game for us.” Thompson said. “We need to come out and play physical football—we’ll need to execute in all phases of the game to be successful.”

Crawfordsville, after two close losses in their non-conference schedule, have Conference wins over Western Boone and Southmont, while falling at Frankfort.

“We’re not playing the 95/96 champions, or their crowd, it will be about our 11 and their 11.” Getts said. “The team that plays with heart and makes the fewest mistakes will win.”

The Chargers have won seven of the last 10 meetings, including last year’s 73-20 win at Crawfordsville. The Athenians last victory in the series was in 2011 when they upset the Chargers 28-14 also at Crawfordsville.