Evart falls to Pine River

EVART — Evart dropped its second straight football game in which the Wildcats had their chances to pull out a win.

Friday night in Highland Conference play at Pine River, the Wildcats lost in the Armed Services game 20-12.

“We allowed a very winnable game to slip through our fingers,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “Defensively, we dominated the game. We were up 13-7 late into the game and defensively we were playing very well. They turned the ball inside our 10-yard line to allow them to go ahead and score.”

Chris Imhoff led Evart (1-4, 2-5) with 74 rushing yards. Cody Pritchard had a 4-yard touchdown run and Trevin Ladd added a 2-yard touchdown scamper.

Pine River scored with two minutes to play and the Wildcats were unable to get the tying points.

“Our league is pretty balanced this year,” Craven said. “We’ve had opportunities but unfortunately have not been able to take advantage of them. To be a championship level team, you have to be able to take advantage of those mistakes by other teams. We haven’t been able to do that this year other than one game.”

He was referring to the 17-7 win over Beal City earlier this season. The Aggies were ranked No. 1 in the state prior to their loss to the Wildcats.

The league season has ended and the Wildcats will finish up with a pair of non-conference games. They are home Friday night against Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian. The season finale is Oct. 23 at Baldwin.

“They’re a spread team and they like to throw it around,” Craven said of Tri-Unitity. “They have a couple of really good athletes. They have good speed and very good athleticism. We’ll have to play fast and play disciplined.”