Unique matchup blends 6-Man, 11-Man powers
By Zach Duncan
Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
Windthorst coach Bill Green doesn't pretend to be a Six-Man football aficionado.
"Have I ever seen a Six-Man football game? No. I don't even know the rules," Green said.
But the Trojans coaching staff will have to take a quick refresher's course before Oct. 5.
That's the night Throckmorton will arrive in Windthorst and will play an exhibition that will include one half of 11-Man football and another half of Six-Man football.
Throckmorton coach Mike Reed approached Green with the quirky idea a couple of months ago because both teams had a hole in their schedule that was going to go unfilled. That's what happens sometimes when you're a perennial contender.
The agreement will last two seasons, and both games will be played in Windthorst. Green said the teams will play 11-Man in the first half, then the portable goal posts will be brought in and the sidelines will be chalked (a Six-Man field is 80 yards long and narrower).
"My superintendent, half-joking, asked if I was going to go to Six-Man coaching school," Green said. "I told him, 'If you pay for it, I'll go.' "
It wasn't that long ago Throckmorton and Windthorst were playing in the same district. This game won't mean a whole lot, but it should be pretty neat to witness.