Albright, Chapman getting job done for Evart football team off to 2-0 start

EVART -- Evart’s football team is off to a 2-0 and key players like Brandon Albright and Chapman Long are hoping that it continues for awhile.

The Wildcats have opened their season with 37-0 and 34-7 wins over Suttons Bay and Harrison.

Albright is a senior offensive guard and defensive tackle, who has started both ways both seasons.

“I feel I’ve gotten stronger,” he said. “My footwork is improving. I feel 10 times stronger than I did last year. We lost some key players. But with some of the guys we have coming up they show a lot of heart and what it takes to fill those spots.”

Long is a senior tight end and middle linebacker for the Wildcats. He starts both ways this season. Last year, he started on offense.

“It was a pretty good season,” Long said of 2011. “There were a couple of losses that we wished we old have turned into wins. We had a lot of leadership.”

Long lifted weights during the offseason.

“I’ve gotten a little faster,” he said. “I can catch better and read my keys on offense.”

Long is focusing on blocking as a tight end and going after the linebacker.

“On defense, I’m out there to read my keys and make the big plays,” he said, adding that he’s doing more pass catching than from last season. “The initial burst off the ball, that’s one thing...I try to be technical with my routes.”

Albright and Long are both impressed with their team’s start.

“We have good leaders and are playing together good,” he said. “We have to stay steady and keep improving, every week, only getting better.”

Long indicated his team is capable of going as far as the second round of the playoffs. Albright also is optimistic.

“I believe we’re going to finish high in our conference,” Albright said. “We have what it takes to win the conference championship. We have a lot of strength and a lot of big solid guys on the defensive line and a lot of smart linebackers.”

Albright said he hopes to improve on his speed.

“I feel like I’m a little slower off the line this year, just something I have to keep working on,” he said.