EVART -- Mornings will be busy this week at the Evart practice football field.

But midnight on Monday, the Wildcats were at their game field to officially start the practice season.

“We started at midnight and started at defensive and special teams practice,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “It’s a lot of technique. This morning, we went with our offensive practice and did a lot of basic stuff.”

Evart has been doing the midnight openers for nine seasons.

“The kids enjoy it, come out and have fun with it,” Craven said. “We have a little crowd out there.”

The midnight practice lasted about 90 minutes.

Morning practices continue through the rest of the week.

“We have a veteran varsity squad,” Craven said. “We’re picking up where we left off from last season and summer camp, 7-on-7s and moving forward.”

With the various summer activities, Craven saw where his team was prepared and ready to go.

“They understand the expectations they set for themselves and have prepared accordingly,” he said.

There will be about 25 varsity players, which is about a normal size, Craven indicated.

“We’re half and half,” Craven said in regard to new and veteran players. “We have about 12 returning kids,”

The season kicks off at home Aug. 24 against Suttons Bay.