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Barry Lewis is a Journal Review reporter. He can be reached by e-mail at blewis@jrpress.com.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:15 am

If you take a look at the all-time game-by-game chart (found on 4B) you can see that this series has been a great rivalry.

This week will mark the 43rd meeting, and this year will break a 21-21 tie. Yes, after 42 meeting (once each season since North Montgomery opened its doors in 1971 and once in the playoffs) these two county teams have battled.

Another thing which has made this a great rivalry has been the competitiveness, especially in the past decade or so.

Crawfordsville dominated the early portion of the series winning eight of the first nine and 10 of the first 12. Then each team had a string of four wins in a row and it went back and forth until North Montgomery dominated the series from 1996 through 2004 when it won nine in a row. Since that time — or for the past seven years — the home team has won. The last back-to-back wins came when North Montgomery won in 2003 and 2004. The last visiting team to win in this series was in 2003 when North Montgomery earned a 20-17 win over the Athenians.

When was the last time Crawfordsville won at North Montgomery? A long time ago. Try 1988, long before any of the former players were even born. Maybe some the players’ parents were playing when it happened.

People always say you can throw out records in a rivalry game, and that is true in this case as well. You don’t believe me, look back to 1995. North Montgomery won the state championship that year and went 13-1, and you know who beat the Chargers that year, right? Yep, it was Crawfordsville who put a 22-8 loss on the eventual state champs. By the way, Crawfordsville finished the year 2-7 but won the county championship as they had beaten the Mounties 28-27 the week before.

So will history continue and the home team win? If so, then the Chargers will have reason to celebrate its belated homecoming or will the Athenians pull off a feat like they did in 1996?

After all, it’s a county game and anything can happen.

Barry Lewis is the executive sports editor. His column appears Wednesdays. He can be reached at blewis@jrpress.com.

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