Evart falls to McBain football foes
EVART — McBain took care of business quickly with a 24-0 first-quarter lead and went on to a 38-8 Highland Conference football win over Evart on Friday.
The Ramblers were dominant in the first 12 minutes with touchdown runs of 32 and 21 yards from Auden Eling and 11 and 21 yards from Gavin Sielen. The fourth touchdown, by Sielen, was set up on a fumble recovery deep in Evart territory.
It stayed 24-0 until the third when, after a bad punt snap against Evart, which gave McBain the ball deep in Wildcat territory, Logan Vandenboss had a 20-yard scoring run and Sieland passed for the two points and a 32-0 lead.
The Wildcats scored in the fourth on Carter Pritchard’s 27-touchdown pass to Billy Conklin, who ran for the two points.
Logan Rodenbaugh had a 21-yard scoring run late in the game for McBain.
“I like the way we started,” McBain coach Pat Maloney said. “We started fast. Our defense was phenomenal. We got into a little bit of a lull. We were changing things up to see where we’re going. In the second half, we got things together.”
McBain’s offense totaled 230 yards rushing and 73 passing.
The Wildcats netted 52 yards on the ground while Pritchard had 127 yards passing. Defensively, Cam Brasington had a interception and Conklin a fumble recovery
Evart coach Pat Craven said McBain’s dominance in various aspects of the game illustrated a key message to his school’s sports program.
“We have really good kids in Evart,” Craven said. “They’re polite, they do what they’re asked to do and they’re a joy to coach. But until we as a school and as a community commit ourselves to being strong in the weight room, these kind of results are going to happen.
“It’s not just football, it’s every single sport we play. We get physically manhandled because we don’t work hard enough in the weight room. We have great kids and we love them dearly. They do not understand the importance of it and our community needs to stress it and expect it and our school needs to stress it and expect it and put kids in classes where they can work to get stronger and improve themselves physically and not just academically. Physical health and wellness are just as critical as academic health and wellness. We are not committed to that right now. Until we are, we’ll continue to have these type of results.”
Both teams entered the game 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Highland. Evart lost to Pine River 12-6 in overtime last week and to Holton 46-7 the previous week. The Wildcats beat Fremont 30-26 in the opener.
Evart lost 34-10 to McBain a year ago.
Evart plays at Manton on Friday.