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Fort Benton Football Staying Strong Despite Being Denied Co-Op Request

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Football is a lot like life. It builds your character and forces you to have strength in times of weakness. Fort Benton won't have a varsity team this season but that doesn't make them weak, it's only going to make them stronger.

"I think it's going to build some strength with our team with the young kids having to go through this. As they get older, they'll remember this and it's just a part of life. That's one of the greatest things about football is that it teaches you life skills," said Scott Chauvet.

There has been speculation and questioning on social media as to why Fort Benton didn't try and co-op with a 6-man program like Big Sandy or Highwood-Geraldine. Quite simply, they are too big. In fact, because of MHSA rules, the Longhorns couldn't even co-op with an 8-man program.

"135 is the number cap as far as an 8-man co-op and we were well over that. We we're close to 180 between Central and Fort Benton. It was the closest 8-man school that we could deal with," said Scott Chauvet.

But Fort Benton's high enrollment didn't benefit the football program. Of the 74 kids, 1 came out to play football, only 9 of which were eligible with no seniors on the roster.

And even though the youngsters will play a JV schedule, the entire Fort Benton community will be behind them.

"We're going to try and do everything we can to make those JV games as Varsity-like as we can. From the announcing to the field being decorated and painted up and just everything we can. I think the community would expect and that's what we expect out of ourselves," said Scott Chauvet.

And expectations are that this will be a one year thing. The Longhorns are confident they'll return to Varsity next season.

"We should. We lose nobody and we bring up like 8 kids from the 8th grade class so that should us back up to that anywhere between 15-18 kids and we can go then," said Scott Chauvet.

Fort Benton took a hit today, maybe their biggest one of the season. But in football and in life, it's been said, "it's not about hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."

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