Western football lands Hucke, McElroy

DILLON — University of Montana Western head football coach B.J. Robertson today announced the signing of Dillon senior Donovan Hucke and Missoula senior Jake McElroy to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent.

“It’s not very often you say you signed two guys from two different schools and can say that neither of them lost a football game last year,” Robertson said of his newest Bulldogs.

Hucke is a 6-foot, 260-pound offensive/defensive lineman who finished his high school career at Beaverhead County High School with an undefeated state championship season. He played offensive center and defensive line for the Beavers. He accounted for 54 tackles that included two sacks and recovered five fumbles.

Hucke was selected as a member of the all-conference and All-State football teams for his play as a center.  His play on the defensive line also earned him all-conference honors.  He has been selected as a participant in the Montana East-West Shrine Game this coming summer.  In addition to football success, Donovan has been selected as a two-time All-State heavyweight wrestler.

“Donovan is a force in the middle of the offense or defensive lines.  Because he is also a great wrestler, he plays football with great balance and leverage,” Robertson said.  “We are ecstatic he has chosen to continue the family tradition of being a Bulldog.”

Off the field Hucke has earned Academic All-State honors.  He plans to study history while attending Montana Western.  He is the son of Wade and Cathy.

McElroy is a 5-10, 225-pound lineman from Loyola Sacred Heart High School.  He played center and nose guard for the Rams.  As a senior he was an All-State performer and voted team defensive MVP by his peers.

For his play along the line he was also honored as a member of the first team all-conference team as a center and nose guard.  He has been selected to play in the Montana East-West Shrine Game and the Class-B All-Star game.  Following his sophomore season he was selected second team all-conference as center.

“Two of Jake’s biggest strengths are his great technique and quickness,” Robertson said.  “He also is a great student of the game.  We are excited to have Jake join the Bulldog football family.”

Off the field McElroy has been selected to the academic All-State team during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He plans to study Health and Human Performance while attending Montana Western.  He is the son of Joe and Jen, and has a brother, Joey.

“We were fortunate to get to know and work with both Donovan and Jake while they were with their teams at our camp last summer,” Robertson said. “Both of them do a great job of leading their teams by example on and off the field.   We couldn’t have asked for two better young men as well as quality football players join our team.  They both come from great families and programs.”

— Montana Western Sports Information

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