Former Butte High quarterback Dallas Cook is off to a fast start at the North Dakota State College of Science.
First-year head coach Merle Johnson told the Wahpeton Daily News that Cook has helped the offense get into gear faster than usual for a team with a roster that is about 75 percent newcomers.
“(Cook) can make plays happen, and the great thing about him from our perspective is that he knows our system. It’s the exact same (he ran in high school),” Johnson told the Daily News. “He walks in with an advantage over everyone else simply because he knows what we’re running, why we’re doing it, and how it goes.”
Cook, who graduated from Butte High in June, rewrote the Butte High record book. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2012 Class AA state title, earning offensive MVP honors along the way.
“Normally the defense dominates early and the offense catches up. Right now, our offense is as every bit as good as our defense so I’m excited for the potential we have,” Johnson said. “Practice is going very well. Coach (Eric) Francis has our defense flying around and making plays. Coach (Stan) Bedwell has the offense moving faster.”
The Wildcats open the season Aug. 23 at Itasca Community College in Minnesota.
Wildcat games are broadcast live on the school’s website.