EVART — Manton built a 21-6 halftime lead and went on to a 45-6 Highland Conference victory over Evart on Friday night in the league opener for both teams.

The Wildcats were down 15-0 in the second quarter when Evart quarterback Trevin Ladd threw 73 yards to Cody Prichard for a touchdown. Manton scored before the half ended and netted 24 unanswered points in the second half.

“Right now, we’re kind of struggling with some discipline,” Evart coach Pat Craven said, “both from the aspect of assignment football and keeping a clean cool head during the game. We were hurt by five personal foul penalties. That type of selfish play really puts our team in a bad position and it certainly hurt us.”

Dillon Danley had 25 yards rushing on three carries for Evart.

“Manton played well, but they’re certainly not 39 points better than us,” Craven said. “We didn’t do ourselves any favors.”

It rained the entire game.

“Right now, our run game is struggling,” Craven said. “We need to throw the ball to be successful and we weren’t able to throw well. It was partly because of the elements and partly because of Manton’s pressure. They didn’t respect our run game at all and they just came after us. We struggled with that.”

Manton is 3-0 overall while Evart is 1-2.

The Wildcats play at Beal City this Friday. The Aggies are 3-0.

“They’re really good and the perennial powerhouse in our league for a reason,” Craven said. “They do things well and they do them fast. We can’t get caught up on the aura of Beal City. We have to work on the things we can control to make ourselves better.”