Drummond and Granite high schools will attempt to combine to form a new co-op 8-man football program, the respective school boards voted recently.

Citing declining enrollment, the teams from Drummond and Philipsburg, towns separated by about 26 miles, have decided to file a three-year petition to the Montana High School Association for a combined football program for next year. The move is designed to keep both schools competitive at the 8-man level, rather than have either drop individually to 6-man football.

The Drummond Trojans and Philipsburg Prospectors monikers will no longer pertain and the prospective co-op will have a new name, mascot and team colors – all of which will be decided later by a co-op board made up of school board members and administrators after the change becomes official.

Drummond has won five state championships at the 8-man level, all since 2003. Granite County’s only title game appearance came in 1979, a loss.

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