Football is center of Grass Range senior’s world

By: 
DEB HILL
News-Argus Managing Editor

As can be seen by these photos of Dawson in action, football is the center of this young man’s life.
Photos courtesy of Dawson Delaney

Football is a big part of Dawson Delaney’s life – perhaps so much so that it is guiding his future plans.
The Grass Range senior currently plays running back and outside linebacker for the Grass Range/Winnett Rangers. But he also has a future goal related to the gridiron: playing on the University of Montana Western team, the Bulldogs.
“I’m going to try out for the Dillon team,” Dawson said. “I hope to study criminology and go into law enforcement, but truthfully, I’m looking at Western because a good buddy of mine goes there, and he loves it.”
Dawson says he is still trying to figure out what part of law enforcement he wants to work in, once he gets college (and college football) behind him.
Meanwhile, Dawson still has most of his senior year ahead of him. His favorite class this year is history, and he said his least favorite is math. Having attended Lewistown schools from kindergarten through seventh grade, Dawson said he is impressed with Grass Range schools, especially the support from teachers and the community.
“There’s nothing negative here,” he said.
When not attending to academics, Dawson is involved in the Grass Range student council and FCCLA.
At home Dawson lives on the Delaney ranch with is father, JJ Delaney, where they raise Angus cattle. His mom is Sharoan Delaney.
Dawson spends a lot of time working at the ranch, especially outside of football season. His jobs, he said, include fixing fence, working cattle, night calving, bringing in firewood, spraying weeds, and just generally, whatever needs doing in a cattle operation.
When not on the football field or working cattle, he enjoys rifle hunting, especially north of the Breaks.
Dawson’s family includes younger brothers Ethan (second grade) and Joe (third grade) and younger sisters Kate and Ava (kindergarten) and Zoe (a freshman).
He also has a pet beagle named Riley that he says is an excellent rabbit dog.
Dawson’s best advice to underclassmen and others?
“Stay positive. Go forward, keep your head up and look to the future. It gets better.”

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