Evart falls to Oscoda in thriller



EVART — The final statistics were impressive for the Evart Wildcats in Friday’s Division 7 district championship game against Oscoda.

The key stat, the final score, went in Oscoda’s favor 38-35. But it was still quite a season for the Wildcats to remember with a 6-3 record. They won six straight prior to Friday’s loss.

Oscoda built a 24-7 lead after the first quarter and took a 30-15 lead into the fourth. Evart had a furious 20-8 scoring edge in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough.

“The first six minutes of the game made it difficult to recover,” Evart coach Pat Craven said.

Danny Witbeck had touchdown passes of 4 yards to Bryant Calderon and 47 yards to Brayden Cass. He caught a 34-yard pass from Calderon. Witbeck also had scoring runs of 5 and 28 yards. Reese Ransom kicked an extra point and Cole Hopkins had a pair of two-point conversion runs.

“Our kids fought to get back into the game and made for an interesting last few minutes,” Craven said.

Evart had 125 yards rushing and 197 passing for 322 total yards. Oscoda had 210 yards rushing and 102 yards passing.

Witbeck had 19 carries for 103 yards. Calderon had seven carries for 20 yards. Witbeck was 12-of-25 in passing for 163 yards. Calderon caught six passes for 65 yards, Cass had four receptions for 68 yards, Haidyn Simmer caught two for 36 yards and Witbeck had one catch for 34 yards.

“We’ve been really proud of this group and their growth,” Craven said. “They’ve been a joy to coach.”