Week 5 Football

Chargers host 9th ranked Stars for homecoming

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North Montgomery football is looking for consistency. Coming into week five of Friday night lights the Chargers have alternated wins and losses each of the first four weeks. They sit at 2-2 (1-1 SAC) and will be back home at Charger Field on Friday when they host the 9th ranked Western Boone Stars for Homecoming.

The Chargers are coming off a 42-22 loss to Lebanon a week ago while the Stars (3-1, 1-1 SAC) are also coming off a loss in what was a 21-26 thriller against Tri-West.

North Montgomery will be looking for their first win against the Stars since 2014 when current head coach Josh Thompson was in his first season at the helm. This week in practice the focus for the Chargers has been back to what they can do to get better.

“We had a couple of miscues against Lebanon last week that really changed the momentum of the game,” Thompson said. “We have to make sure that we get those cleaned up and I think our kids have responded well this week in practice. Now it comes down to taking that on to the field with us on Friday.”

Games in the Sagamore Conference are usually decided by those ‘little things’ that Thompson alluded to. Some of those things allowed the Tigers last week to score 21 points in the final two minutes and 39 seconds to go from trailing 8-7 to up 28-8.

“Game in this conference usually boil down to which team can block and tackle better,” Thompson said. “We have to be able to execute what we want to do on both sides of the football and not let the other team dictate what we do. That boils over to special teams too for us. I was pleased with where our level of focus and attention to detail was this week.”

The Stars are run first team and love to control the line of scrimmage. Senior tailback Cannon Brunes is the Stars leading rusher with 327 yards on 50 carries. Brunes has added five trips to the endzone. Junior Brandon Potter is the man under center for WeBo. He’s completed 33-57 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. His go-to receiver is junior Marcus Fortner who has 10 catches for 106 yards.

Brunes is also one of the state’s best linebackers with 59 total tackles (14.8 per game). Those numbers are good enough for a tie for seventh in the state. His 15 tackles for loss also are tops in the state.

The Chargers as they have been all season are led out by senior signal caller Ross Dyson. Dyson has been the do-it-all player for the Chargers as he’s thrown for 763 yards and nine touchdowns in the Chargers first four games. He’s also carried the ball 62 times for 260 yards and another score. His 763 yards and nine TD’s are the tops in the SAC. Dyson has spread the ball well to Roman Utterback (17 catches 219 yards, 4 TD’s), Jarrod Kirsch (10-187-1), Kelby Harwood (10-198-3) and even running back Austin Sulc nine catches for 76 yards.

“Western Boone is always going to have a good line up front,” Thompson said of the Chargers opponent. “It’s going to be up to us to match their physicality. That’s where I think the game will either be won or lost is up there on the line of scrimmage.”

Homecoming festivities will take place during halftime of the game. You can also catch a live broadcast of the game on Thunder 103.9 WIMC as Bob Cox and Kevin Kirsch will have the call.

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