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Lowry Ready to Maintain CMR Football Tradition

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When Jack Johnson retired as the football head coach for CMR, he said he hoped the job should go to a CMR guy. Well, Johnson got his wish. Just over a month ago, the Rustlers named Gary Lowry, longtime assistant of 30 years, as their new head coach. 

Even the roads most traveled can change underneath your feet. Gary Lowry has been a Rustler for life. First as a player, then as an assistant and now he's replacing the most legendary Rustler of them all.

"It's a very humbling thing to step into someone's shoes like Coach Johnson that's been around and is well respected not only around the state but around the nation as a high school football coach. I'm very proud to be in this position and I'm looking forward to it," said Gary Lowry, CMR head football coach.

Those shoes will be tough to fill though. Johnson retired as the winningest coach in Montana prep football history with 340 wins and 13 state titles. But Lowry says he understands the pressure that comes with the job.

"It's going to be under the microscope and I'll take the good and the bad with it - however it works out I just hope for success for the kids and this program. I don't want this program to be seen as it's going downhill now and I want to keep the high standards that we've always had."

Lowry shouldn't have a problem with that. There is plenty of young talent that should uphold the Rustler football tradition.

"This is an established program. We have good kids coming and football is important to our kids and they realize the commitment it takes to keep things going."

The new Rustler coach will try and keep the winning tradition going as long as he can but Lowry still realizes that wins and losses in life are more important than they are on the field.

"At the end of the day it's still a game and the kids have a long life after the game of football. So you want it to be an enjoyable process and I tell the kids to enjoy the whole process - enjoy practice, enjoy the meetings because pretty soon it's going to be over and it goes by fast if you can't enjoy it."

Lowry has enjoyed his ride as a Rustler and while his road may be changing he's looking to keep the Rustlers headed in the right direction.

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