After a victory over Butte Central earlier this season, Whitefish High School senior Dusty Beck told his teammates, “Boys – I think we can beat anyone here on out.”
This is the kind of mental toughness Beck, a linebacker, brings to the Bulldogs, and he backs up his words with physicality.
Growing up, Beck spent time on a guest ranch near Marias Pass on the east side of Glacier National Park where he was run over by steers and kicked by horses. He played tackle football with his brother, Dave Beck, which instilled the lessons he brings to the gridiron each week.
His philosophy is, “no pain, being ferocious and getting in there to whack someone.” And then getting back up.
“I’ve been rocked a few times,” Beck said. “You tell them good hit and get back up.”
Beck said his greatest memory from this year was the Bulldogs’ 7-6 victory over Libby. After a tremendous back-and-forth battle, Whitefish held the Loggers from scoring for the last 45 seconds.
Off the field, Beck is less intimidating.
“I’m really a nice guy,” he said. Referring to books he’s recently read, “I enjoy philosophizing sometimes and I’m interested in science.”
He’s optimistic about the Bulldog’s playoff chances.
“Winning takes confidence and talent,” he said. “And we have both.”
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