EVART — Karsten Allen and many other football players opened the 2017 practice season on Monday.

Like all other players Allen, an Evart senior, is a linebacker and offensive guard. He started both ways all season.

“I feel like we did pretty good,” Allen said. “We obviously could have done better. But we put a lot of effort into it.”

This will mark his third varsity season. Last year was his best so far.

“We’re definitely quicker,” he said. “Probably we’re a little more knowledgeable.”

Allen participated heavily during the summer in various activities, including 7-on-7 passing scrimmages.

He’s looking forward to having a strong offensive season.

“I’m quick to pull,” he said. “I’m able to block my defender pretty well.”

Allen also expects to have a strong season on defense.

“I’m quick to the ball and can make the tackle,” he said. “Both sides are OK. I like both sides and am able to hit people.”

Monday marked the first day of less than three weeks of formal practice before the Wildcats open on Aug. 25 at home against Fremont. But it was important, Allen said, for he and his teammates to have a busy summer.

“It helps us bond as a team and get stronger mentally,” Allen said. “We have a couple of new kids.”

He’s optimistic as the team gets ready to kick off a new season.

“We’re pretty strong,” Allen said. “We have a lot of good receivers out there, with fast feet and hopefully that will help us in the long run.”

August usually produces hot practice days but Allen is confident his team is ready.

“We’ll drink a lot of water,” he said. “We’ll definitely stay in shape. We have to.”