The last time that Matt Softich and Matt Johnson shared a football field, by the latter’s recollection at least, was somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years ago.
And the field wasn’t in Missoula where both men coach high school football now — Johnson at Big Sky, Softich at Hellgate. That last time was in Anaconda when Johnson was quarterbacking the Copperheads as a prep player and Softich was his QB coach.
They’re back together at Missoula County Stadium when the crosstown foes collide Friday night.
Libby and Anaconda both opted to drop from Class A to B starting in the 2015-16 school year. But against whom and in what district would the newly minted B schools play?
The Montana High School Association answered that question Thursday by placing the Loggers in District 7-B and the Copperheads in District 6-B, for most sports at least, as well as finding Plentywood a home at the Class C ranks.
UPDATED: Libby voted this week to move from Class A to B.
The recent news that Southwestern A school Anaconda is, like its enrollment, dropping to Class B for athletics has generated a bit of discussion ’round these parts.
What are the enrollment restrictions for classifications in Montana? Who’s close to those limits and who could be on the move next?
Several other schools are on the verge, though not all have decided to pack their bags and move yet. Let’s take a look at the tape: