Evart football players gearing up for scrimmage Thursday

getting ready: Evart football players work on a running play Monday during practice. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
getting ready: Evart football players work on a running play Monday during practice. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

EVART — The emphasis for Evart coach Pat Craven and his football team continues to be on getting ready for the opener at Suttons Bay on Aug. 29. But prior to that, Craven is still working on having his team as ready as possible and will use a Thursday scrimmage to help in the process.

The Thursday scrimmage will be at Tawas.

St. Louis, Tawas and Sanford Meridian will also be at the scrimmage.

Craven acknowledged that certain personnel decisions might be made based on the scrimmage.

“We have a handful of positions we’re still searching,” he said. “We’ll take a good look at a few kids at certain areas and see what they put out.”

Craven and his coaches will use the scrimmage as a key way to get ready for the season opener.

“The seniors have experience and you kind of know what to expect from those guys,” he said. “We want to work on timing and different things like that...making sure people are at the right place at the right time. We’ll be looking to clean up some of that stuff and have a positive outcome on Thursday.”

The Wildcats as of earlier this week, were working with 22 players. Craven said the number of players going both ways is up in the air.

“It could be seven or eight or five or six,” he said. “Coming out of (summer) camps and with senior experience we have, our offensive and defensive schemes and concepts, it’s a matter of getting out there and getting dirty again. I thought practices (last week) went well. They went better as the week went along. We’re looking to get better every day.”