The Killdeer Cowboys only had a few days to prepare for a football scrimmage at Stanley Aug. 23 when they face the Blue Jays.
But, that will not be the only team on the field.
The Kenmare Honkers will be joining Stanley and Killdeer in the jamboree-style scrimmage Friday evening.
One big thing which has changed is that Stanley has announced it will forfeit all varsity games this season and instead play just a junior varsity schedule.
For the Blue Jays, it was a lack of numbers which forced the school’s athletic director, Brooks Stafslien, to make a public announcement Thursday (Aug. 15).
“Due to a lack of participation we are not able to sustain consistent numbers large enough to compete at the varsity level.
“This decision was not taken lightly but we feel at this time is the most appropriate decision to make for our athletes. We will be working diligently this season to compete at the highest level of our ability in order to pave the way for future football players to compete at the highest levels of varsity competition.
“That being said, Stanley Public Schools is announcing a forfeiture of all varsity football games for the 2019 season,” Stafslien said.
According to the Killdeer athletic director, Brock Pittsley, that change for the Blue Jays will not impact Friday’s scrimmage. “We still are planning to go up there for the scrimmage, he stressed.
“We are going to play approximately 15 to 20 plays offensively against each team. It is just a preseason scrimmage. It won’t count at all against our record.”
The Cowboys have approximately 22 players out for the team this year, the athletic director said.
For the Cowboys, it will be a chance to prepare for for rival Hazen, which will come to Killdeer Aug. 30 for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Bison along with the Beulah Miners have moved up to the AA division, while Killdeer will gain new A rivals in New Salem, Shiloh Christian and Richardton/Taylor from the 9-Man level.