Adversity hits, but Evart overpowers Lake City 47-6

Wallace, Burhans lead\ solid Wildcat offensive performance against Trojans

Alex Burhans



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LAKE CITY – Evart’s football was forced to play on Friday night without one of its top players, Cole Hopkins, due to a medical issue.

But the Wildcats still emerged with a 47-6 win over Lake City in a battle of second-place teams in the final game of the Highland Conference season.

Evart led 6-0 after the first quarter, 27-0 at halftime and 47-0 after the third quarter.

Preston Wallace had five carries for 33 yards and a score. Tanner Graber had six carries for eight yards and a TD, Dakobe White had five catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Marcel White had three catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. 

Wallace was-of 11 of 16 for 352 passing yards and five touchdowns.

Defensively Jordan Wicke had nine tackles and one sack. Jackson Craven had nine tackles and recovered an onside kick. Jake Ladd had nine tackles and one interception. Graber had eight tackles and two sacks. Alex Burhans had four tackles and two sacks.

“Our kids played really well,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We responded to some adversity. We found out at 1 p.m. today we wouldn’t have Cole Hopkins tonight. He had an emergency medical procedure done this afternoon. Our coaching staff did some quick scrambling here the last few hours before we took off and made some personnel adjustments. Our kids stepped up to the plate and played really well.

“I thought Alex Burhans really dominated the game up front on both sides of the ball. He was a major issue for Lake City defensively for us. They had no answer for them. He disrupted their entire offense. Preston threw the ball very well tonight. He made the proper reads. Marcel, Dakobe and Jake were really tough to stop.”

Evart is 6-1 in the Highland for second place and 7-1 overall while Lake City falls to 5-2 and 5-3. Beal City won the league with a 7-0 record.

Evart plays at Harrison on Friday to end the regular season.

Houghton 34, Pine River 12

Houghton Lake (1-6, 1-7) held back visiting Pine River (0-8, 0-9) in this Highland Conference game on Friday. Pine River is home on Friday against Chippewa Hills.