Evart defensive tackle enjoying solid senior season

EVART — Karl Clark made the most of his senior season for the Evart Wildcats.

The 5-foot-6, 170-pound Clarkplayed defensive tackle for the Wildcats this season. He didn’t play last season for eligibility reasons. He came back this fall and admitted not having a junior year may have put him behind to some extent.

“But I built up to it,” he said. “I tried to lift weights when I could.”

Clark was able to earn a starting spot. “It took a game or so to get used to it,” he said.

He missed a game midway during the season from an ankle injury. He’s back at 100 percent.

Defensive linemen “try to make open spaces for the linebackers,” Clark pointed out. “If we can get the tackle ... a lot of times we do.”

Clark has liked the way he played this season.

‘I’ve been playing really good for how small I am,” he said. “I try to get a little faster.”

The 16-6 loss to Pine River may have been the best defensive game for the Wildcats this season.

“We had a lot of speed on (the ball) and were being pretty tough up front,” Clark said. “The linebackers were doing what they needed to do.”

The Wildcats lost 42-14 to Montabella to end the season at 2-7.

But after missing last season, “I’m having a blast,” Clark said of this year. “I like contact sports.”