Evart, Pine River football teams falter
EVART — Beal City proved to be too much for Evart on Friday in a 32-14 Aggie football victory.
Evart trailed 12-6 at halftime and advanced deep in Beal City territory in the second half to possibly tie the game but couldn’t convert.
Austin Grein rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown while John Danley had 59 yards and a TD and Brady Hasse added 66 yards.
“I thought we played Beal real tough,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “We were right in the game. If we could have executed a play here or there, I think the outcome might have been different.”
The Evart defense was led by Tyler Wirth, credited with 13 tackles.
“The kids didn’t back down and I was proud of them” Craven said. “I obviously wanted to get the win, so did they. There was definitely some positive things we can take from that game, and now it’s our job to build from them.
“Offensively, we continue to dominate the line of scrimmage and we move the ball well and run the ball well. Defensively, I know they scored 32 points, but two of those touchdowns were later in the game when we were taking some chances and trying to make things happen.”
The Wildcats play at Marion this Friday.
“They’ve played us really tough the last couple of years,” Craven said. “I know they’ll do a good job of trying to shut down our running attack. They’ll try to run the ball too. We can’t underestimate Marion.”
LEROY – St. Ignace proved to be too much for Pine River in a 45-15 loss to the Upper Peninsula school on Friday night.
The Bucks trailed 29-7 at halftime against the Saints. St. Ignace’s junior running back Parker Simmons gained 123 yards and had touchdown runs of 42 and 11. John Eby also threw a touchdown pass to Simmons.
Saints junior running back Parker Simmons rushed for 123 yards, scored on runs of 42 and 11 yards, and also collected a 8-yard TD catch from quarterback John Eby. All of Simmons’ scoring plays came in the first half, and Galloway Thurston also had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter as the Saints led 29-7 at intermission.
“We’re struggling on where to be when we’re supposed to be there,” said Pine River coach Chad Phillips. “We had too many penalties against us and turnovers. We’re kind of our own worst enemy at times. I don’t think they were better than us athletically. But they were more disciplined.
St. Ignace is 3-0 while Pine River falls to 1-2.
The Bucks now gear up for a home game this Friday against Lake City in the Highland Conference.
“It’s a pretty good ball team,” Phillips said. “They have one of the better players in northern Michigan, a defensive end Adam Williams who is huge and fast. They have a sophomore quarterback who has a good arm and they run him a lot.”