Danley, Pattee anxious to help Evart team succeed in upcoming action

EVART — Dillon Danley and Jake Pattee have been playing key roles for the Evart football team this season.

Danley is one of two sophomores on the team but prepared for the varsity during the offseason. His brother John Danley was a former Evart running back.

“They moved me up for passing scrimmages (during the summer) and got me ready for it,” Danley recalled. “I was excited to take over my brother’s footsteps. It took about a quarter of getting on to the game. (Varsity) is more organized.”

He has scored three times so far this year two on the run and one on the pass.

He’s played cornerback on defense.

“I love hitting on the run and good pass coverage too,” he said. “I have good strength covering people bigger than me.”

Pattee is an offensive and defensive tackle for the Wildcats who take a 6-2 record into Friday’s regular season finale against Montabella. It’s his second year on varsity. He’s seen starting action and has had a strong season.

“I’m getting a lot of reps in and learning a lot,” Pattee said, adding that on offensive tackle, he’s been specializing in pass protection. “(Defensively) I try to shut down the inside running plays.”

The key to the start has been “our great quarterback (Jacob Fortune) and our offense and our defense’s aggressiveness,” Pattee said. “I need to improve on my quickness.”

Pattee, whose cousin Jared is also on the varsity, noted that the Wildcats would have to cut down on their mistakes against Lake City and execute properly.

“We want to show how much we’ve improved from last year,” he said.

“Our offense is doing good, not making stupid decisions like interceptions,” Danley said. “We want to get better as a team and play four quarters.”