LEWISTOWN — The journey to and from 6-Man football practice in Lewistown for the kids of the newly formed co-op of Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Grass Range-Winnett (D-G-S-GR-W) is a long one. For some, it can be a three-hour roundtrip on schooldays.
For head coach Matt Neumann, it’s a journey worth taking. Last year, as the coach of Denton-Geyser-Stanford, Neumann had to cancel one of their games due to low participation. In 2019, Grass Range-Winnett had to cancel its whole season. Joining the two co-ops allows for a full 12-man roster to make for depth in practice and in games.
“We’re able to get after it, a little more team stuff than last year and some more bodies so it’s been super for us,” Neumann said.
The players echoed the sentiment.
“It feels really good to have 12 to be able scrimmage and go over plays,” junior Ace Becker said. “It opens up a whole new perspective and just changes a lot of things.”
Despite the logistical nightmares, the new faces and the past hardships, it is a new season and one that Neumann is just glad to have.
“To them, the reward is right now being in the practice, being in the rain and all the rewards will come later in our Saturday games.”
The Bearcats will take on Jordan on Aug. 27.