Beal City overpowers Evart football team

EVART — Beal City was looking for revenge over Evart Friday night and got it with a 21-6 Highland Conference football win.

The Aggies kept the Wildcats out of the end zone and took advantage of key Evart turnovers.

Last season, Evart handed Beal City a 17-7 loss for the Aggies’ only setback and the Wildcats’ only win in the 2015 Highland Conference race.

“When you’re playing championship level football, it’s imperative that you take care of the ball,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We struggled with that. We had two scoring opportunities, maybe three, that could have changed the outcome of this game. But we put the ball on the floor. You can’t do that against very good teams.”

Beal City (2-1, 3-2) took advantage of two Evart fumbles to build a 14-0 lead in the first half.

Kyle Yuncker had a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Kollin Sharrer scored from 3 yards out in the second after setting up his touchdown on a 38-yard run. The Wildcats had fumbled on the Aggies’ 10 and Beal City launched its second touchdown drive of the night.

Evart (1-2, 3-2) drove deep in Beal City territory late in the half and got a 30-yard field goal from Hakan Karakoyun, a German foreign exchange student.

Jacob Kleeves recovered two fumbles in the second half including one that set up a 27-yard field goal from Karakoyun in the third quarter, making it 14-6.

But Beal City put it away on the first play of the fourth quarter with Sharrer’s 3-yard run.

The Wildcats struggled with the snap from center in shot gun formation.

“We had some turnovers early and when you play a good football team like that, you can’t turn it over that many times,” Evart quarterback Carter Pritchard said. “You have to take care of the football. When we got down, we just couldn’t get back up.”

The Wildcats had 106 yards of passing on 10 Pritchard pass completions. Evart netted only 51 yards rushing. Beal City had 216 yards rushing and 31 passing. Yuncker had 103 yards.

“I think we’re very even teams,” Craven said. “Our league is full of good football teams. I thought our kids fought and played toe-to-toe with Beal City. I don’t think people here saw huge discrepancies in ability and talent. They were able to execute when they needed to and we didn’t. That often times decides a football game.”

Evart plays at Lake City Friday in Highland Conference action.