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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Mounties to get first crack of action Friday, Athenians and Chargers head into week 2

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After one week of high school football, all four area teams are in different places.

Crawfordsville found its offense in week 1, but struggled defensively, while North Montgomery used a balance attack offensively and a stout defensive effort to move to 1-0. Fountain Central and Southmont did not play week 1 because of COVID concerns, and while Fountain Central will miss at least one more week, the Mounties will get first game action on Friday night.

Hamilton Heights (0-1) at North Montgomery (1-0)

Friday night will be the third-straight season the Huskies of Hamilton Heights and North Montgomery will meet in the regular season, and overall the Chargers have a 3-game winning streak overall.

The Huskies fell to Lapel 42-19 in week 1, while North Montgomery beat North Putnam 22-8.

“We have to stay focused on improvement and not become complacent,” North Montgomery coach Josh Thompson said heading into week 2. “We played well enough to win last week but we will have to correct mistakes and be ready for Hamilton Heights.”

North Montgomery quarterback Donavan Haworth threw for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in week 1, and added another 72 yards rushing, while Logan Kelly caught six passes for 68 yards and a score. Hamilton Heights’ QB Guy Griffey threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a week 1 loss.

Red’s Prediction: North Montgomery 30, Hamilton Heights 14

North Putnam (0-1) at Southmont (0-0)

Southmont is just ready to see another opponent, and they’ll get that chance on Friday against a winless North Putnam team.

“We are definitely ready to see another opponent at this point,” Southmont coach Desson Hannum said. Typically we would have had a scrimmage and a game, so I am hoping that we adapt quickly to game speed.  It is was a let down not playing last week, so I hoping that makes us want to play that much more this week. We are doing everything we can to be to be ready for Friday night.”

The Mounties, much like the Cougars did in their week 1 22-8 loss to North Montgomery, will have a lot of new faces on offense. Nick Scott will be the quarterback for the Mounties, with Isaiah McMasters the featured running back. 

Gunner Burress led the Cougars with 102 passing yards in week 1.

Red’s Prediction: Southmont 18, North Putnam 16

West Vigo (1-0) at Crawfordsville (0-1)

Crawfordsville’s defense has a long way to go after allowing 533 yards in a 55-14 loss at Greencastle week 1, but the Athenians are confident they can improve this week against West Vigo.

“Defensively, the key is to be better on 1st down to create longer yardage situations for the opposing offense,” Crawfordsville coach Kurt Schlicher said. “Also, we are continuing to work on being a better tackling team as well.”

Offense was a bright spot for the Athenians in week 1, especially from sophomore quarterback Kaiden Underwood, who completed 19-of-30 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Mikale Willis, Ethan Powell, and Andrew Martin all had at least three catches, while Ethan McLemore caught two passes for 56 yards and a score. 

West Vigo is coming off a 46-0 win over Purdue Polytechnic.

Red’s Prediction: West Vigo 34, Crawfordsville 30

Game Capsules 


Hamilton Heights (0-1) at
North Montgomery (1-0)

COACHES: Jon Kirschner, 4-17 in 3rd year at Hamilton Heights. Josh Thompson, 33-33 in 7th year at North Montgomery.

SAGARIN RATINGS: North Montgomery, 62.04, 105th overall, 18th in 3A. Hamilton Heights, 39.03, 223rd overall, 45th in 3A.

LAST OUTING: Hamilton Heights lost to Lapel, 42-19. North Montgomery defeated North Putnam, 22-8.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Hamilton Heights 1-0. North Montgomery 0-1.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: North Montgomery, 3-2

LAST MEETING: North Montgomery, 28-14, Aug. 30, 2019.

jh PREDICTION: North Montgomery, 38-14.


North Putnam (0-1) at Southmont (0-0)

COACHES: Ryan Burress, 0-1 in 1st year at North Putnam. Desson Hannum, 60-79 in 14th year at Southmont.

SAGARIN RATINGS: North Putnam, 46.68, 185th overall, 30th in 2A. Southmont, 45.54, 194th overall, 35th in 2A.

LAST OUTING: North Putnam lost to North Montgomery, 22-8.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: North Putnam 1-0. Southmont 0-0.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: North Putnam, 19-16

LAST MEETING: North Putnam, 28-26, Aug. 30, 2019.

West Vigo (1-0) at Crawfordsville (0-1)

COACHES: Jeff Cobb, 72-84 in 16th year at West Vigo. Kurt Schlicher, 1-10 in 2nd year at Crawfordsville.

SAGARIN RATINGS: West Vigo, 50.86, 169th overall, 36th in 3A. Crawfordsville, 21.12, 296th overall, 63rd in 3A.

LAST OUTING: West Vigo defeated Purdue Polytechnic, 46-0. Crawfordsville lost to Greencastle, 55-14.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: West Vigo 0-1. Crawfordsville 1-0.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: West Vigo, 14-5

LAST MEETING: West Vigo, 45-18, Aug. 30, 2019.

jh PREDICTION: West Vigo, 45-21.13-12.

Sagamore Conference Stat Leaders

PASSING PERCENTAGE

Name                     C    A    %

Kale Payne (DV)      23 27 85

Kai Ross (TW)         12 19 63

K. Underwood (CHS) 18 30 60

Donavan Haworth (NM) 5 14 36

Elliott Young (WB)        2 8 25

Garrett Harker (LB)     4 12.33

PASSING YARDS

Name                           G Yds P/G

K. Underwood              1 175 175

Kale Payne (DV)           1 164 164

Kai Ross (TW)              1 147 147

Donavan Haworth (NM) 1 113 113

Elliott Young (WB)        1 85 85

Garrett Harker (LB)       1 24 24

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

Name                         G TD P/G

Kai Ross (TW)               1 3 3

Kale Payne (DV)             1 3 3

Donavan Haworth (NM) 1  2  2

Elliott Young (WB)          1 1  1

K. Underwood (CHS)       1 1  1

RUSHING YARDS

Name                        Att. Yds 

Trevor Winkles          21 143

Robby Taylor             35 143

Garrett Cora (TW)    14 73

Donavan Haworth (NM)11 57

Zak Searle (NM)         21    52

Ethan Dutra                5 44

Bryce Hendershot (TW) 1 39

RECEIVING

Name                        C Yds   P/G

Lucas Wooten (DV)    8 84 84

Chase Garrity (WB)     1 75 75

Logan Kelly (NM)        4  66 66

Ethan McLemore (CHS)  2 56 56 

Andrew Martin (CHS)     5 51 51

Tyler Dostin (DV)            11 50 50

Kolton Scrimager (NM)   1  47 47

Alex Covey (TW)              1 40 40

Bryce Hendershot (TW)   4  34 34

Total Touchdowns

Name                            Ru. Rec. T

Trevor Winkles (NM)     2    0     2

Kolton Scrimager (NM) 0    1     1

Logan Kelly (NM)          0    1     1

Zak Searle (NM)            1    0     1

Garrett Cora (TW)         1    0     1

Bryce Hendershot (TW)0    1     1

Skyler Marlowe (TW)    0    1     1

Alex Covey (TW)           0    1     1

Robby Taylor (WB)       1    0     1

Casey Baird (WB)         1    0     1

Chase Garrity (WB)      0    1     1

Tyler Dostin (DV)         0    1     1

Lucas Wooten (DV)     0     1     1

Matthew Brabec (DV)  0     1     1

Kaigen Fields (CHS)    1     0     1

Mikale Willis (CHS)     0     1     1

DEFENSE TACKLES

Name                          Solo As.Total

Luke Marsh (WB)              12  3 15

JC Reese (LB)                     10 5 15

Ethan Dutra (DV)                 6 7 13

Nick Norman (NM)               4 8 12

Logan Kelly (NM)                  6 5 11

Cannon Brunes (WB)            4 6 10

Carson Cole (TW)                  7   2  9

Zak Searle (NM)                    4   3  7

Corbin Catt (TW)                    1 4 7

Camden Williamson (LB)        2  5 7

Drew Terrill (LB)                      7 0 7

Jake Comer (DV)                    5   2 7

Dominick Wynn (DV)               5 2 7

Stats compiled by those submitted by the coaching staffs.

SAC Standings

Danville 1-0, 0-0

N. Montgomery 1-0, 0-0

Tri-West 1-0, 0-0

Crawfordsville 0-1, 0-0

Frankfort 0-1, 0-0

Lebanon 0-1, 0-0

Western Boone 0-1, 0-0

Southmont 0-0, 0-0

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