LINDEN — North Montgomery had no answer for Tri-West in a 39-0 Sagamore Conference loss to the Class 3A No. 10 ranked Bruins on Friday night.
Tri-West (5-2, 3-2 SAC) out-gained North Montgomery 468-41 and scored points on all five of its first half possessions. The Chargers (2-3, 1-3 SAC) didn’t pick up a first down until the second half and were in the negative with total yards at the half.
“We talked with our kids before the game and I told them that it starts with that they have to believe they can come out and play with any team on our schedule, and I’m not sure we actually believed that tonight, so that’s something we are going to have to work on,” North Montgomery football coach Josh Thompson said.
Big plays hurt the Chargers defensively. Jacen Mohr caught nine passes for 108 yards, including the first two touchdowns of the game on 10 and 9-yard passes from quarterback Ty Owens. The junior threw for 317 yards in the game.
Davon Brown added a pair of scores in the first half on the ground as Tri-West led 31-0 at halftime. The junior tailback had 77 yards on 12 carries.
“We are not good enough yet to overcome little mistakes,” Thompson added. “We have to have all 11 players firing on every single play. And again, I think this all goes back to whether or not we believe we can play on the same field as these teams. Tri-West is a good football team. I believe if we want to show up and play, we can play a solid game with them, if we don’t believe that, then it’s going to be a rough night.”
North Montgomery’s best defensive stand came in the third quarter when the pressured the Bruins into a third down and 30 situation. Only to watch Owens hit Jeffrey Marsh for a 63-yard touchdown.
Gage Galloway led North Montgomery offensively with 25 yards on five carries, while Gabe Laws caught two passes for 21 yards.
Tri-West welcomes Crawfordsville next week, while North Montgomery travels to Frankfort.
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