Evart football players want revenge over Lake City

Robert Burge (54) looks to make a block downfield against Carson City-Crystal. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
Robert Burge (54) looks to make a block downfield against Carson City-Crystal. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART – Now that Evart has its first football playoff win in the books, players such as juniors Jared Pattee and Robert Burge are focusing on getting some revenge over Lake City in Friday’s district finals game.

During the regular season in Lake City, the Wildcats lost a Highland Conference game 32-21. Pattee and Burge are confident it can be different this time.

Pattee stopped Carson City-Crystal’s running back on a fourth-down play to preserve Friday’s 16-12 Wildcats victory in a predistrict game. It was the first time Evart has won in the playoffs.

“It was a hard offense to go against,” Pattee said. “At the end of the day, we played really good.”

Winning the first playoff game in school history “is a great feeling,.” Pattee said, adding that as a defensive back “it feels good being on varsity and playing for something this season”

The Wildcats will take an 8-2 record to Lake City.

“We’ve played with each other forever and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Pattee said of his team. “We know we can beat (Lake City). We were ahead at the end of the half against them and let it slip away.  We just need to execute and if we do make a mistake, we’re a good enough team to bounce back from it.”

Burge, also a junior, has had a strong defensive season at linebacker.

“We played probably one of the best games we played all year,” Burg said. “We had great communication on the field. We recognize the formations. We were dominant tonight.”

The Wildcats also got a safety against CC-Crystal “which set the tone for the game,” Burge said.

Coming into the season, “I had complete faith in this team,” Burge said. “I knew we could go far in the playoffs.”

Burge has been a linebacker since his sophomore year on the Evart varsity and is having his best season so far.

“With all the help Mr. Sims gave me, I’ve improved a lot,” said Burge, referring to assistant coach George Sims. “We’ve had great team coaching. We’re all there for each other and we know how to play together.”

Against Lake City, “we need to key in what we missed last time,” Burge said. “We’ll be practicing hard this

week.”