Small-town Montana is taking an unprecedented big step to give a few kids the opportunity to play high school football this fall.
Over the years, Montana and other states have seen two and three schools form co-ops in order to get enough kids to be able to compete as a team, and not just in football. Sometimes these schools are not what you would describe as neighbors, either geographically or even necessarily friendly at times. But they’ve done what it takes to give their kids the opportunity to compete, which included adding a six-man football classification, one of only a handful of states that had that at the the time.
So, in spite of all the miles in between and the logistics of where to practice and where to play, the Montana High School Association has given the okay to move forward with its first-ever 5-school co-op to form a 6-man team. For various reasons, the schools were reluctant to pursue the plan even with the MHSA approval. But they worked through some objections and are ready to launch the co-op, on a one-year basis at least for now.
Denton, Geyser, Stanford, Grass Range and Winnett agreed to form the co-op. Denton-Geyser-Stanford have