Thursday, December 23, 2010

Celebrating Goal Post Relocations

Jumping Hornets
Originally uploaded by mdt1960
Classification and alignment changes have been handed down from MHSA for another season and, once again, things look pretty exciting even if most of the schools that are discussed here are moving down in class.

First, let’s hear it for those schools/teams who have to move their goal post(s) as a result of moving from Class B (a 100-yard field) to Class C (an 80-yard field)—or vice versa.

Making the move up, along with expanding their gridiron will be Joliet. Best of luck J-Hawks as you get to meet up with Columbus and Huntley Project in your new family. Yikes!

Talk about living on a bubble... Can anyone tell me how many times Superior has moved from C to B and then back to C? Well, the last time they played eight-man (2008), they won the state title. And after two years of B-11, they are coming back to C-8 to “defend” their title. Consider this: What if the Bobcats made it to the title game in 2011 to face Chinook—who would be defending their title too? Talk about Frazer vs. Ali. Should that happen, I only hope the game is played in Superior since I’m not allowed back in Chinook.

Here’s a good one: Lodge Grass successfully petitioned to remain in Class B rather than move to Class C??? I suppose they’d rather take their chances against Baker over Wibaux. I’d be curious to know the last time the Indians (yep, that’s their mascot name) notched a winning season in Class B?

Also moving their goal post(s) and coming down from B-11 to C-8 will be Cascade (heading for the Northern C) and Darby (assigned to the Western C).

Check out the tentative 6-man football realignment and its new members (in red).

Alberton, Hot Springs, Lima, Lone Peak, St. Regis, Two Eagle River and West Yellowstone.

Ekalaka, Frazer, Jordan, Hysham, Lambert/Richey, Rosebud, Savage and Terry.

Bridger, Custer/Melstone, Denton, Fromberg/Roberts, Grass Range/Winnett, Reed Point/Rapelje, and Roy/Winifred.

Augusta, Big Sandy, Box Elder, Geraldine, Highwood, Heart Butte, North Star, Stanford/Geyser and Valier.

That’s 31 teams playing six-man football although Frazer and Box Elder will be limited to junior varsity competition. Makes me wonder if Willow Creek is revving up for another go in the near future.

Great Falls Central is moving up to C-8 joining the high and mighty Northern C, but they won’t have to move any goal posts.

Lastly, one of my “inside sources” informed me that there is/was some discussion regarding Highwood and Geraldine teaming up as a co-op. Does anyone realize how many times these two school have been in a title game in the last 15 years—often playing each other? That could be one powerful six-man team given their rich traditions of producing champions.



Anonymous said...

Morgan said...

Bishop McCort High School is hardly "small town" at 408 students (9-12). Nevertheless, congrats to the Crushers on their Pennsylvania 6A-runner-up 2010 season.

yellowbeard said...

Man this comment blog is hard to get in and very long to make it work ! Anyway Congrats on your blogging on six man football and eight man. Do not EVER quit blogging ! Love your stories, way better than the news on small town football covered elsewhere. Even beats Texas cause it is boring to read stats and not the lifeblood of the sport ! Please ingnore the whinning of the sugarbeeters ! They win state title and still bitch? GOOD GRIEF !!

Anonymous said...

Morgan, hang it up. I have read your past articles and you just have a horrible past of going into nice, quiet communinities and just stirring the pot by ridiculing their children (e.g. your 2005 article where you were taking pictures of an injured player from Stanford). How would you like us to do that to your children? You have an ego as big as Texas and you need to just stop blogging all together. It is not appreciated and certainly not welcomed. Stop! Please! Stop! Spend some quality time with your own children and we will do the same.

Morgan said...

A "horrible past," have I? What of all the other posts BETWEEN the 2005 blog post you reference (about a handful of fans from one team) and up to now? And all the ones before 2005? When one generates this much material, there's a good chance that not everyone is going to be happy with what is generated unless the author is the type of person who likes to sugar-coat everything they write about. Is that how you like it, sugar-coated? Perhaps you should do everyone a favor and start your own blog. Your first entry could be about how "horrible" you find my work!

GPSslimkimmel said...

I just got an email from the Montana High School Association, and it looks like Highwood and Geraldine are indeed co-opping this year. That makes for a dangerous team.

I wish I had known you were at the 6-Man All-Star game in June. I would have introduced myself. Hopefully I'll get another chance.

yellowbeard said...

I know this is late but would love to see you & Kimmel get together at some game~ ! I just know you guys can hit it off with funny stories of your editorals ~ ! Finally met Kimmel in Sidney at his book signing (Sunrise Art Festival) but was too tongue tied to say Hi~ !