Maddock joins Minnewaukan and Leeds for football co-op

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor

Maddock joins Minnewaukan and Leeds for football co-op

By Mike Bellmore

Journal Features Editor

Maddock will join the Benson County co-op in football this fall, forming a three-school group that has been in existence for the past eight years in track.

Last year Benson County went 1-8 overall after a string of successful playoff seasons.

And Maddock was 4-5.

Both teams were feeling the numbers crunch, so Jeff Manley, who coached Benson County last season, says adding Maddock is a good thing.

The team will be known as the Benson County Wildcats. The addition of Maddock is expected to bring numbers to about 35.

Manley, Bobby Hoffner and Travis Rysavy will form the coaching staff. Hoffner succeeded the legendary Dwight Leier at Maddock.

“We'll have three guys with head coaching experience, so we should have the best of both worlds,” says Manley.

“Both programs had numbers that were dropping, so this is a plus for all of us. You can't just continue to throw a bunch of freshmen out there.”

The addition of Maddock is expected to produce a good number of returning players with experience.

Manley says Brad Nelson is being looked at for quarterback, a youngster with athleticism and decent throwing ability.

The offense is expected to be keyed around a strong running game, possibly led by J.D. Schmid and Matt Knudson.

“I think we can count on those three pretty well on offense,” says Manley. “Trevor Knutson could be a lineman to keep an eye on.”

“I believe we should be better and improved over last season and we think we can be right in the thick of things this year.”

“Wells County has a lot of people back and North Star has a lot of their skilled people back.”