LINDEN – North Montgomery opens its season Friday evening by hosting the Benton Central Bison. The Chargers have beaten the Bison the last five times they have played, including last year’s 51-7 rout in their first-round sectional game.

However, Charger head coach Josh Thompson is not overlooking their familiar foe.

“It will be important for us to come out and play consistent football to get our season off to a good start.” he said. “Our players will need to execute in all facets of the game.”

The Charger offense could not find the end zone in their scrimmage against Class 5A McCutcheon on Aug. 12, but the offense was able to move the ball. They collected 71 yards on the ground on 26 carries, led by Nate Emmert’s 43 yards and Tanner Webster’s 12. Caleb Randolph was able to find some holes and pick up a few yards as well.

“Offensively we will need to hold on to the football and finish our drives with scores.” Thompson said. “Defensively, we will need to play aggressively and create turnovers.”

The Charger defense did play well in the scrimmage and were led in tackles by Webster and Payton Kobel. They will look to keep the Bison off the board Friday night.

North Montgomery leads the overall series 13-4 and will look to make it six in a row. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Charger Field.