Evart football gearing up for summer

Evart football coach Pat Craven leads his team in a passing night on Sunday.
Evart football coach Pat Craven leads his team in a passing night on Sunday.

EVART — It’s getting busy at the Evart football practice field next to the high school.

Coach Pat Craven said the program has weight room workouts Monday and Wednesdays from either 7 to 7:45 a.m. or 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. They are also having passing nights every Sunday 7-8 p.m. except on Father’s Day.

After the holiday, the Wildcats will start with 7-on-7 scrimmages beginning with 6 p.m. in Evart on July 10against Farwell and continuing the next day at Clare. A final passing scrimmage is set for July 18 at Eagle Village against Algonac.

The Wildcats also have a good camp July 17-19.

Evart coaches also play on a kids’ camp Aug. 1-3 from 6 to 8 p.m. each night. Practices start Aug. 7 with two-a-days.

“It’s pretty low key so far,” Craven said. “We’ve been hitting the weight room hard. So many of our kids are doing basketball and baseball.”

Those sports continue in upcoming weeks and then summer football will take center stage.”

On Sundays “whoever shows up, shows up. We work on routes and timing,” Craven said.

Evart’s dead week will be the last week of July, during Osceola County 4-H/FFA fair week. The Michigan High School Athletic Association mandates schools to take off one week from all summer coach-supervised activities. Many pick Independence day for their dead week. But Craven said the timing of Evart’s dead week will allow athletes to partake in fair activities.

“We’ll just be lifting during the Fourth,” Craven said.

Summer activities are voluntary, “but if you want to be good, you’ll put in the time,” Craven said. “Nothing great came from mediocrity. If you want something that’s worth anything, you have to put the work into it.”