BUTTE — It has been one heck of a week for Ennis twins Tanner and Corbin Wood, who won an unthinkable Class C state track team title as a two-man squad last weekend.
Just days later, the brothers are hitting the football field for the last time as high schoolers, representing the Blue Team in Saturday’s Bob Cleverley 8-Man all-star football game at Montana Tech. Before they even had time to recover from a grueling weekend on the track, they were back on the field for two-a-day practices leading up to the big game.
“My legs are pretty sore, but I’ll fight through it and keep grinding this weekend, for sure,” Corbin said.
Corbin has been nursing a hamstring injury since the Top 8 track meet, making his three individual state titles that much more impressive. But grinding it out for an all-star game shows the kind of motivated athletes the Wood twins are.
One of the biggest bonuses of the week-long event is the forging of friendships and bonding with the state’s top talents, and although the brothers say they are there to have fun, they’ve invested plenty in winning the last game of their high school careers.
“I didn’t come here to lose a football game,” Corbin said. “We came here to win, so that’s what we’re going to do. And we’re going to work our hardest so that we can.”
Tanner echoed the sentiments of his brother.
“My goals — I set them and I like to achieve them,” he said. “So I’m not planning on losing this game, I can promise you that.”
Tanner and Corbin’s sister is getting married on the day of the Montana East-West Shrine Game and they are listed as alternates for the MonDak all-star game later this summer, meaning that this will be the last athletic event in a pair of high school careers that have taken on what is seemingly a legendary status over the past week.
The two will head on to play football at Dickinson (N.D.) State in the fall and they are ready to be done with high school. But they have one game left to play — like any legend, the Woods are looking to go out on top.