Former opponents, Galva and ROWVA gridders jelling together

Doug Boock
Tom Buck leads Galva-Williamsfield football players through a drill during an early-season practice last year. Buck, who’s in his second season since returning to Galva, is welcoming ROWVA players to his team – a co-op called the Mid-County Cougars – this year.

Just a month away from their first official practice, the Mid-County Cougars football team isn’t wasting time.

They’ve been unofficially gathering three times weekly for weight-lifting, ball skills training and learning terminology the team will use.

“We’ve been getting a good group of kids coming and we’ve been using the (25) contact days they (IHSA) give us and getting some things implemented,” said Coach Tom Buck. “Obviously not all the kids are there all the time – some are working or doing other things kids have to do in the summer – but we’re getting a nice turnout.”

That’s a good step for the first-year co-op, which consists of Galva, ROWVA and Williamsfield players. ROWVA has departed from the AlWood-ROWVA co-op and joined the Galva-Williamsfield co-op.

Buck’s excited about adding to the mix ROWVA, which has a rich football history.

“Just the numbers and the fact we’re going to have some depth,” explained Buck, who returned to coach Galva last year after a stint here in 1983 and 1984.  

“We’re going to have some speed. It’s always nice to have somebody who can run,” he added. “We’ve also got some kids to help in the defensive backfield area, where we struggled last year.”

But Buck is also taking a realistic approach.

“You temper it a little bit with the fact that we’re the second largest enrollment in the (Lincoln Trail) conference at 475. It’s a 3A program so you’ve got to be competitive at that level.

“We haven’t seen them (his team) in pads and that kind of thing, but having watched them so far, I’m guardedly optimistic.”