Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point High School football team will kick off their season against the Plentywood Wildcats, Aug. 31.
According to coach Bruce Knerr, the team began their practices Aug. 17. He said Class B coaches petitioned for an extra week of play and get a week 0 game.
Wolf Point was originally supposed to face Conrad High School, but Conrad’s coach backed out the first week of practice. Plentywood was supposed to face Poplar High School, but that game had also fallen through. Knerr said Wolf Point High School athletic director Mike Erickson called Plentywood and asked if they wanted to play. Wolf Point’s game against Plentywood will not affect either teams’ power rankings.
One of the changes for this year’s team include a full coaching staff with two additional volunteer coaches.
“It allows us to break things down for the players and focus on the fundamentals of a position,” Knerr said.
Some of the coaches new to this year’s team include Brent Boitano, Walker Weeks and Jeff Whitmus.
Knerr was focused on bringing in coaches who have played in a similar system to Montana High School football.
“I’m trying to get Pat from Hi-Line,” Knerr said. “I’ve tried every angle to get him here and he won’t budge.”
Trenton Wemmer, senior center, wants to make all-conference, and all-state. He also said he has noticed how the program and the atmosphere on the team has changed over the couple of years.
“It’s more like football and how it should be,” Wemmer said.
For Garrett Pronto, senior tight end and linebacker, one of the goals of the season is to help the team make the playoffs.
He said Knerr and the coaches have put more emphasis on lifting and conditioning and have gone out of their way to help the younger players. Pronto said he is also helping his younger teammates to become better on the field.
As for Knerr, his goal is to make the football program more of a community affair and bring back the “old school” identity.
“This is the community’s team,” Knerr said. “There was a day in the ‘80s and ‘90s that Wolf Point football was second to none.”