Evart football team completes home camp

EVART — Evart’s football program is gearing up toward what will only be a 2 1/2-week practice schedule in August prior to the season kickoff Aug. 28 at home with White Cloud.

But last week, the Wildcats were at the practice field for a two-day camp. Head varsity coach Pat Craven said he had 25 players at the camp. It was a mixture of all high school-aged players. 

“We’ve been doing a lot of skill technique fundamental stuff,” Craven said. “It’s been basic blocking techniques, running, how to hold the ball, how to catch the ball, and we’re spending a lot of time on the little stuff.”

The camp is an annual tradition.

After the camp, Craven and his players were set to go to Eagle Village the later part of last week.

“When we get there Wednesday, we’ll start implementing more team stuff,” Craven said. “(Last week), we’ll start getting into more formation stuff and into more of our offensive philosophy and that type of thing.”

It almost felt like the regular season for the Wildcats earlier last week when they had to go inside one day after hearing some thunder.

“Most of these kids have been working hard all summer long,” Craven said. “It’s getting close.”

The Wildcats have had lifting and conditioning, 7-on-7s and other activities during the summer.

Evart will have its annual Midnight Madness to open practice, Aug. 11. The second week will feature a scrimmage and the third week will kick off the nine-game regular season.