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  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:00 AM

    Western Boone 22, North Montgomery 14

    North Montgomery        7              0              7              0--14

    Western Boone                                7              7              2              6--22

    Score Summary

    First Quarter

    WB – Solomon 32-run (Huckstep good), 1:21

    NM – Surface 73 from Knecht (Osborne good), 0:00

    Second Quarter

    WB – Kernodle 15 from Gilliam (Huckstep good), 5:15

    Third Quarter

    NM – Knecht 1-run (Osborne good), 8:28

    WB – Safety, 3:33

    Fourth Quarter

    WB – 31 yard field goal Huckstep, 10:34

    WB – 27 yard field goal Huckstep, 2:29

    NM        Category              WB

    5              First Down          14

    2              Rush      9

    3              Pass       5

    0              Penalty 0


    16-58     Yards Rushing    43-199

    120         Yards Passing     110

    10-21-0 Comp-Att-Int     7-14-0

    4-42       Penalties-Yards 4-30

    136         Total Yards          279


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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM

    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

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  • Stars shoot away in 2nd half
    Saturday, September 12, 2015 12:29 AM

    A quick first half and a long second brought the Mounties to a winding halt against the Stars. The Stars shot away with a 39-14 win.

    Both teams started off with good first drives. Western Boone’s Nathaniel Bye connected with Kaleb McCloskey for a 19 yard pass at 7:11 in the first half.

    The duo has connected 31 times this season with McCloskey grabbing 112 yards this game.

    South came right back with a powerful 17-play drive. Zach Worm scuttled for 15 while Jarrett Todd totaled 53 yards rushing for the drive.

    The Stars targeted Farabee and South went with other options for much of the game.

    “They were taking him away and making the quarterback keep the ball,” Coach Desson Hannum said.

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  • Saturday, August 22, 2015 12:15 AM

    The Sagamore Athletic Conference survived opening night of the football season with a decent 5-3 record -- however, the conference's lone state-ranked team fell from the top spot in Indiana.

    Tri-West came into Friday's showdown ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. West Lafayette was ranked seventh, so something had to give. That turned out to be the Bruins' defense as the Red Devils scored 43 points en route to a 43-23 lopsided victory.

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  • Friday, November 7, 2014 6:29 PM
    DOVER - Although behind, the Western Boone football team was confident they could come back in the second half Friday night against fifth-ranked Tri-West in the sectional title game.

    The Stars trailed by five, but had led for most of the first 24 minutes. The second half was a different story.

    The Bruins scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half and held the Stars to 55 second-half yards, pulling away to a 54-28 victory.

    "They just overwhelmed us in the second half," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "We made some big plays in the first half and they made some big plays too. We started dropping like flies in the second half, had to move around some guys and they are just really good. They can run the ball and throw the ball and they proved that tonight. We fired everything we had at them in the first half and we had some chances, we were right there in the game. But we only played a first-half of football tonight."

    The game turned in Tri-West's favor late in the first half.

    Trailing 16-14, Western Boone scored a touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Nathanial Bye to Riggs Baxter with 1:48 left in the half to go up 21-16.
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  • Sunday, November 2, 2014 5:29 PM
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference All-Conference teams were announced late last week for football.

    Montgomery County schools received nine first team selections, nine second team selections and six honorable mention selections.

    North Montgomery, by virtue of finishing in a tie for second place at 5-2 in conference play, took five first team nods. Tight end and defensive end Kobi Wray was the lone senior selected for the Chargers. Juniors include quarterback and safety Baylee Adams, receiver and linebacker Alex Parsons, receiver and cornerback Vince Gwynn and offensive lineman and linebacker Jordan Banta.

    Quarterback / halfback and safety / linebacker Mitch Dehne joined offensive lineman Nathan Jent to represent Southmont. Both are seniors.

    Seniors Nick Corbin and Robert Manns were selected from Crawfordsville. Corbin was a primary receiver for the Athenians, while Manns was a running back and middle linebacker. He led the team in scoring, rushing and tackles.
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  • Stars come from behind to beat Chargers
    Friday, October 24, 2014 8:49 PM
    LINDEN -- It's win or go home time in high school football and sectional 29 featured a great game in the first round between North Montgomery and Western Boone. The game was close from start to finish.

    The Chargers were in control for most of the game. Western Boone led for only four minutes and 52 seconds. It happened in the forth quarter and the Stars never looked back. They took a 27-26 lead over the Chargers with 4:52 left in the game and won by that exact score.

    "It's live or die and it didn't matter who we played," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "When you are in the tournament it's fight and live to see another day."

    "I thought the kids played really well. I'm proud of them. Proud of their effort. It was a dog fight tonight and they were in it till the end" Charger head coach Josh Thompson told The Paper.
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  • Repeating win is step one for NM
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:57 PM
    LINDEN -- Sectional 29 features a first round game between two opponents that met in week eight of the regular season, Western Boone (6-3, 4-3 SAC) and North Montgomery (6-3, 5-2 SAC).

    In the week-eight meeting the Chargers came away with an 8-0 victory at Western Boone. Both teams are on streaks of their own. One, North Montgomery, is on a winning streak and the other, Western Boone, is on a losing streak. The Chargers are on a two game win streak, while the Stars are on a three game losing streak.

    "We are very anxious to play on Friday night. Our guys know it is now or never" Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said.

    "It's huge to have this kind of momentum. You have to be in close games to know how to win and we have," North Montgomery head coach Josh Thompson said. "We have taken the approach that this is just a normal week."

    Western Boone looks to reverse the roles the teams had at the end of the game last time they met. They hope to come out as victors. The Stars felt they made too many mistakes last time and that is something they look to change. Along with fixing mistakes they want to control the football better.

    "We made too many mistakes last time we played. We moved the ball, but failed to produce in the redzone" Pelley said.
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  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:42 PM
    The football sectional draw was held Sunday and the games are just two weeks away. The postseason starts Oct. 24 and no matter how the season went, teams have a chance to make a run.

    North Montgomery and Crawfordsville compete in 3A Sectional 29. There are four teams in the sectional that are ranked in either the media or coaches poll.

    In the coaches' poll, Tri-West (7-1) is ranked No. 3. They will take on West Vigo in the opening round. The winner will play either Brebeuf (5-3) or Crawfordsville (2-6). Brebeuf is ranked No. 6 in the coaches' poll.

    "As a team we are focused on this week and will think about sectionals when that gets here, our focus is Tri-West this week," Crawfordsville head coach Mike Hammons responded when asked about the sectional draw.

    On the other side of the bracket, Edgewood (7-1) will take on Greencastle (3-5). The winner will get either Western Boone (6-2) or North Montgomery (5-3).
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  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:17 PM
    DOVER -- North Montgomery (4-3, 3-2 SAC) is back on the road and travels to Western Boone (6-1, 4-1 SAC) in what is an important conference and sectional matchup. Both teams are coming off games where they lost by one score. Western Boone's 20-13 loss came to the hands of No. 6 Tri-West (6-1, 5-0 SAC). North Montgomery lost 6-0 to the Lebanon Tigers (4-3, 3-2 SAC).

    Coming off the tough loss the Chargers are focused on finishing the season strong and it starts with Western Boone.

    "We have a new opponent this week to focus on and that's Western Boone. So, that's what the focus has been," head coach Josh Thompson said.

    "First of all we got to keep the intensity up on both sides of the ball," junior quarterback Baylee Adams said. "We need to beat Western Boon to pick up steam for Danville and sectionals."

    North Montgomery expects the run game to be a big part of the Stars offense. Thompson expects them to use the strength of senior fullback Zach Martin and the speed of running back Riggs Baxter. The combination of the two has caused problems for most defenses all season.

    Martin has 101 rushes for 615 yards and seven touchdowns. Baxter has 461 yards on 56 carries and eight touchdowns. Baxter is also a threat in the passing game. He has 362 yards on 26 catches and six touchdowns.
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  • Tri-West wins battle of ranked Sagamore teams
    Friday, October 3, 2014 9:33 PM
    LIZTON-The odds were stacked against Western Boone Friday night when they traveled to Lizton to face the Class 3A No. 8 Tri-West Bruins.

    The No. 9 Stars were without three starters who play on both sides of the ball, were facing a tough Tri-West team on homecoming and had to deal with numerous questionable calls go against them.

    Western Boone hung tough throughout the game, but ultimately fell to Tri-West 20-13.

    "I am super happy with our kids," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "They fought hard. This was a good football game. The conditions were not ideal for either team. They like to throw it around so it took them out of their gameplan a little bit and it took us out of ours. Both teams fought really hard and they just got us tonight."

    The loss was the first of the season for Western Boone, dropping them to 6-1 and 4-1 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference. The Bruins are now 6-1 as well, but 5-0 in the Sagamore.
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  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:09 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    How do I say this without sounding too brash - aw the heck with it - I am absolutely on fire, Baby! With a capital F and that rhymes with . . . well, something. But whatever it is, it's hot, smokin' hot. Do you realize that in the last four weeks the most I've missed in any one week was one game? One! A couple of weeks ago I was again perfect, as in perfecto!

    Take me to Vegas, Baby! I'm money. But I digress. While we're speaking of Vegas, this week is a real crap shoot and just for the record, I'm not putting down big bets on any game this week. Everything is close - and home field matters. A bunch.
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  • No. 10 Stars shoot past Mounties
    Friday, September 26, 2014 9:06 PM
    The Mounties entered their homecoming game with Western Boone hoping to knock off one of the Sagamore Athletic Conference leaders. The Stars, however, showed why they've received statewide recognition with a 54-22 win.

    Western Boone (6-0, 4-0 SAC) would waste no time scoring. Starting their first drive at their own 47-yard line, they marched 53-yards, in six plays, capped off by a Zach Martin 33-yard run to make it 7-0.

    Their next drive started at their own 10-yard line. Senior Riggs Baxter took the first hand-off around the right end, and raced 90-yards to pay dirt, and the Stars led 14-0.

    The Mounties (2-4, 1-3 SAC) would respond. Senior quarterback Mitch Dehne found sophomore Kaleb Swick, on the fifth play of the drive, down the right sideline for the 33-yard touchdown, and the Mounties pulled within seven.

    The Stars would capitalize on a Mountie fumble midway through the second quarter. They needed just three plays, to score as Zach Martin found the endzone from 35-yards out, his second of the half, and the Stars stretched their lead to 21-7.
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  • County title up for grabs
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:40 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    Ho-hum, another awesome week for Ol' Bubbles. Of course that's what you've come to expect. Only one game prevented me from being perfect two weeks in a row, and shucks, I didn't mind missing that one. I predicted the Boys of Athens would topple the Mounties and the gang from the South rose to the challenge. Good for them. Had the Mounties fallen it could've been the beginning of a long slide. Tough loss for the Blue and Gold though. We'll get to see how well they can or can't rebound this week.

    For the season, I'm cruising at 22-6. I know. It doesn't get much better than that.
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  • Mounties shooting
for big momentum
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:02 PM
    NEW MARKET-There will be hard hits, big plays and plenty of action.

    It has to be a game between Southmont and Western Boone, right?

    The Mounties (2-3, 1-2 SAC) and Stars (5-0, 3-0) meet Friday in New Market for their annual Sagamore Athletic Conference clash. And if recent history is any indication, it ought to be a good one.

    The Stars have taken the last three meetings, but the Mounties took the previous four.

    "It's probably been that way for five or six years," Southmont head coach Desson Hannum said of the competitiveness of the rivalry. "We always compete well against each other. We hope for more of the same this year. We want to play together and compete well."

    On paper, the teams aren't very evenly matched. Western Boone comes in unbeaten and is putting up nearly 400 yards of offense, on average. Nate Bye, Western Boone's junior quarterback, is 56-for-90 on the year for 806 yards and eight touchdowns against just one interception. His favorite target is Riggs Baxter, who has 24 catches for 351 yards and five touchdowns this year.
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