Evart finishes strong week of summer football practice

EVART — It’s beginning to look a lot like football in Evart.

At least it did last week.

Wildcat coach Pat Craven and his staff completed a week-long summer football camp last Friday with one of the highlights being a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage with Clare of the Jack Pine Conference.

The 7-on-7 passing camp was Thursday night at Evart’s game field. Most of the practices, which started Tuesday, were at the practice field.

“We’ve been working on skill and technique work,” Craven said, adding that the coaches and players also went through their base offense and defense.

Craven was upbeat by what he saw at the passing camp. The Wildcats have faced Clare in June passing camps the past few summers.

“It went well, what I expect,” Craven said, adding that the turnouts at the football sessions have been “OK.”

“I’m a little disappointed with the sophomore class,” he said. “I was hoping we’d get more of a turnout there.”

Craven has been happy with numbers in the other classes.

This week, the Wildcats are starting with their weightlifting workouts.

Evart also is set for a 7-on-7 camp at Grayling on July 11 and a 7-on-7 appearance July 14 at Pine River.

The Wildcats and the other football teams put key emphasis on a strong summer program.

“I think it’s a head start on getting the kids together and working on timing things,” Craven said, “plus staying in shape and working to get stronger.”