Evart falls to Beal City


BEAL CITY — Evart fell to 1-3 with its third straight loss, 57-0, to Highland Conference rival Beal City on Friday night.

Beal City is 4-0 and the defending two-time Division 8 state runners-up.

The Aggies scored 21 points in the first quarter and 36 in the second for a 57-point halftime lead. There was no scoring in the second half with a running clock.

Rob Tapling had four catches for 59 yards for the Wildcats.

“We hit a wall toward the end of the first quarter where you could see where Beal’s depth and athleticism was taking over,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “The kids played hard the entire night, stayed positive and worked to get better. Overall, it was a rough night.”

Evart will be getting a forfeit victory this week over Marion, which announced coming into the season that it was dropping its varsity program.

Not playing a game this week may or may not be an advantage, Craven indicated.

“I don’t know how our kids will respond to it,” he said, “Not having done it before, I know we’ve had injuries and don’t have a lot of depth. We’ll have to see how we react and how we prepare.”

The Wildcats play at Pine River on Oct. 3 for the annual Armed Forces game.

The Marion game was scheduled to be homecoming for Evart. But because of the cancellation, homecoming will be Oct. 10 vs. McBain.