The Great Falls Central Catholic Mustangs football team is off to an undefeated start so far this season. A feat that has them way ahead of schedule in terms of where they thought they would be at this time before the season started.
To get to this point, the Mustangs thought outside the box. They had players go through wrestling camps to learn better tackling technique and made sure each kid put in the necessary work.
The road to 4-0 hasn't exactly been easy. Last week against Chester-Joplin-Inverness the Mustangs won 82-74. Afterward, head coach Mike Nelson called the game "a track meet." Nevertheless, all that work in the offseason seems to have paid off.
"You [have to give credit] to the kids," Nelson said. "This is by far the best summer we've had in terms of offseason participation. Pretty much every dang kid was working out during the spring and summer. A lot of kids went out for track and I think that made a big difference."
Running back Nick Wilkins has been a huge reason for the team's turnaround, and he credited the change to the team's mental toughness.
"We've been preparing the right way, working hard, and taking it seriously the way we should all the days we've been out here."
GFCC will try and keep their undefeated season alive when they face Fort Benton Friday night. Kickoff from Fort Benton will be at 7 p.m.