Both schools’ boards approved combining their eight-man football programs this week, and the co-op team is awaiting final approval from the Idaho High School Activities Association.
IHSAA Executive Director Ty Jones expects to have enough votes from the activities board of directors by Wednesday, allowing the combined team to start its season Sept. 11 at Camas County.
Rimrock was on the verge of losing its season without the co-op when low turnout forced the Raiders to cancel their first two games. But Dennis Wilson, the principal at Rimrock Junior/Senior High and the superintendent of the Bruneau-Grand View School District, said the two schools plan to join for this fall only.
“We’re hoping it’s a one-year thing,” Wilson said. “Looking at our incoming freshmen for next year, we should have plenty of players. We should. But you never know what happens over the summer.”
A new schedule for the former 1A Division I District Three rivals separated by 78 miles is still being finalized. But Greenleaf will host all home games except Rimrock’s Sept. 25 homecoming against Horseshoe Bend.
The team will go by Greenleaf and its nickname, the Grizzlies, and it will remain in the 1A Division I classification. The co-op is for football only.
“It’s too late to adjust and do anything else,” Greenleaf Athletic Director Larry Taylor said. “We’re going to wear our uniforms. We’ve got the majority of the kids. Our guy will stay the head coach, and their guy will assist.”