Mount Carmel football

Mount Carmel's Quade Ballard runs from the sideline during opening introductions against Mount Vernon, Ind., last Friday at Riverview Stadium.

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MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel football team enters a Big Eight Conference game at Princeton in an unfamiliar position.

The Golden Aces (0-2, 0-1) are 0-2 for the first time since 2005, and will face the rival Tigers (1-2, 1-0) with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Friday.

Mount Carmel has made lineup changes on defense after a 28-22 conference loss at home against Mount Vernon, Ind., last Friday. The Golden Aces were plagued by several missed tackles.

MCHS began its season with a 17-14 home loss to Harrisburg on Aug. 25.

The Golden Aces have been able to move the ball, averaging 283.0 yards of total offense through two games.

Quarterback Austin Rager gave Mount Carmel a 100-yard efforts in passing and rushing against the Wildcats by throwing for 116 yards and running for 108 yards.

Blake Kight has gained 92 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries this season to spark the MCHS rushing attack.

Braden Stipp has hauled in 12 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown to become the Golden Aces’ top receiver.

On defense, Mount Carmel’s leading tacklers are Jacob Thacker (13), Elijah Laws (nine), Zach Whittler (eight), Kight (seven) and Elliot Laws (seven).

Meet the Tigers

Princeton’s offense relies heavily quarterback Maleek Haridman and running back Devonte Hardiman, who have combined for 1,004 of the Tigers’ 1,125 total yards.

Maleek Hardiman is a threat to pass and run. He is 31 of 67 for 520 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions through the air. On the ground, he has 183 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.

Devonte Hardiman is Princeton’s top rusher after compiling 255 yards and three touchdown on 42 carries.

The Tigers’ primary receivers are Corbin Wilkerson (seven catches, 152 yards, one touchdown), Cory Bustos (six catches, 91 yards, one touchdowns), Stephen Wilkerson (six catches, 114 yards) and Devonte Hardiman (five catches, 46 yards).

Luke Drew (35 tackles), Jonathan Anslinger (30 tackles, two sacks), Drew Robb (21 tackles, two interceptions), Maleek Hardiman (17 tackles) and Corbin Wilkerson (16 tackles) are Princeton’s leading defenders.

The Tigers won 26-14 at Washington last Friday after losing their first two games, 26-19 to Evansville North and 29-28 at Pike Central.

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