Evart football team faces four opponents in home scrimmage

EVART — Evart football coach Pat Craven and his staff got a chance to see his team against opponents for the first time this season and basically liked what he saw.

The Wildcats played Farwell, St. Louis, Tawas and Sanford-Meredian at the non-scoring scrimmage.

“We were fairly healthy coming out of here, that’s the most important thing,” Craven said. “I thought our defense played well. We were fast. We need to be more physical up front on both sides of the ball. We know that.”

Craven thought his Wildcats were physical throughout the scrimmage.

“But I think we can be better,” he said. “I was pleased with our kids’ toughness. But we can be more physical.” 

Thursday marked scrimmages for most area high schools at various locations. The Wildcats went on defense for a certain amount of plays, then on offense, for each of their opponents.

“Typically your first session is usually feeling things out,” Craven said. “The second and third can be pretty good. I thought our kids played well. This was a good scrimmage. Typically Tawas and Meridian are very strong. We played right with them.”

Evart opens its season on Aug. 28 at White Cloud. Craven was scheduled to scout the Indians at their scrimmage late Thursday afternoon.

“They’re young like we are,” Craven said. “They just dropped their JV football team. The key for us is what we do up front. I’m very confident in our quarterback. I’m very confident in our running back and receiver positions.”

Trevin Ladd is at quarterback, while Danny Griffin, Chris Imhoff, Cody Pritchard, Robbie Tapling and others will all be seeing time at the running back and receiver positions.

Tapling is a third-year varsity player in his senior season.

“Most of our senior class has a year under their belt obviously,” he said. “We’re not as young at our skill conditions. But our line will be young. I think we’ll be fine with the maturity of our skill positions and the leadership we have. I think they’ll come through.”