Evart, Pine River sustain football losses
EVART — It just wasn’t Evart’s night Friday against McBain in Highland Conference action.
The Wildcats lost 39-0 to the Highland Conference power. McBain built a 26-0 halftime lead and had the 39-point lead by the end of the third quarter.
Brady Hasse had 70 yards rushing for Evart. Defensively, John Danley had nine tackles. Devin VanOrder and Robert Burge had seven tackles each.
“McBain was good,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “Their strengths were our strengths. Their strengths were a little bit better. At the end of the day, McBain is a good football team.”
Evart is 3-3. “I’m pleased with our effort,” Craven said. “We’re in the tough part of our schedule right now. We expected that. We have a big one this week with Lake City.”
Lake City “is fast and athletic,” Craven said. “We’’ll have to work hard to match up with them.”
Lake City lost to McBain but has beaten Beal City.
“They’re a different team than both Beal and McBain,” Craven said. “They’re not as big. They want to spread you out and use your speed. They have some solid ballplayers surrounded by quite a bit of speed.”
After six games, Danley has 616 yards on 92 carries for 6.7 yards per try. Hasse has 590 yards on 102 carries for 578 yards while Austin Grein gained 396 yards on 74 tries for 5.39 per carry.
Tyler Wirth has 34 solo and 21 assisted tackles and Larry VanBuren has 36 solo and 25 assist tackles.
Danley and Hasse had seven touchdowns apiece while Grein has six.
Jesse Lang is 24-of-59 in passing for 295 yards while Jarek VanOrder has 16 catches for 173 yards.
Pine River fell to 1-5 with a 14-7 loss to Manton Friday in Highland Conference action for the Bucks homecoming celebration.
Manton had a touchdown in each of the first two quarters. Pine River scored in the third on Abel Langworthy’s 1-yard run. Logan Gawne kicked the extra point.
Joe Miller had 88 yards on 12 carries to lead the Pine River running attack. Dakota Wiczorek caught one pass for 76 yards. Skyler Nelson was 6-of-17 in passing for 97 yards.
“We came out flat and I’m not sure why since it was our homecoming game,” said Pine River coach Chad Phillips. “Part of it might have been the weather (cold and rainy). They made more plays than we did. They played conservative and it worked out for them.”
It’s critical, Phillips acknowledged, for the Bucks to get off to a good start and build from that.
“We’d make a few plays in the first quarter and try to get some confidence going,” Phillips said. “We’ve played two teams that only have one loss.”
Defensively, Clay Stokes had 15 tackles while Devin Ruppert had 13. Zane Kanouse added 12 tackles.
The Bucks play at Marion this Friday night.
“If we play well we win,” Phillips said. “We’ve struggled in pass defense all year and on the third-down pass play. We have too many plays where it’s obvious mistakes.”