Mount Greylock football team joining Drury to create co-op

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Students who attend Mount Greylock Regional High School and are looking to play football will have to commute from Williamstown to North Adams next season.

Starting this fall, Mount Greylock football players will represent the Blue Devils after it was announced that the schools formed a football co-op late last week.

"It's sad for the school since we've had a strong football program in the past," Mount Greylock athletic director Lindsey von Holtz said. "It's great to see that the kids will still have an opportunity to play and Drury has been fantastic to work with."

The Mounties lost plenty of talent to graduation this weekend including quarterback Michael Wellspeak, running back Taylor Cummings, and wide receiver Zeke Locklear after finishing the 2018 season with a record of 5-5.

"I've been here for 11 years and we've always had a small team," von Holtz said. "Numbers in youth football have been low, but our soccer numbers remain strong and our cross-country team has grown in recent years."

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When roughly 15 kids — including two eighth graders — signed up for the football meeting earlier this spring, the idea merging with another school became a legitimate possibility Mount Greylock.

"We brought it up with the other athletic directors and principals to see what they thought," von Holtz said. "It was on the agenda for the principal's meeting in April and May."

Drury and the 24 students that showed up to their football meeting, along with the 15 from Mount Greylock, will look to bounce-back from a 2018 campaign that saw the Blue Devils go 2-6.

While Drury plays home games on Saturday afternoons, playing under the Friday night lights is a possibility for the Mount Greylock Drury co-op.

"It's absolutely been part of the discussion," von Holtz said. "The goal is to possibly have something under the lights at Mount Greylock or Williams College."

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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