Evart football team falls to Holton

Carter Pritchard looks for a receiver against Holton.
Carter Pritchard looks for a receiver against Holton.

EVART — Turnovers were critical for Evart in a 46-7 loss in nonleague football action to Holton on Thursday.

Holton (2-0) built a 14-7 halftime lead on first-half touchdown passes from quarterback Drew Trygstad to Derek Pouch of 11 and 6 yards.

Evart (1-1) had taken a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter on a Billy Conklin 1-yard run and Isaiah Johnson’s extra point kick.

“We’re very happy the way the players responded from week one to week two,” Holton coach Jack Nummerdorf said. “I’m extremely proud with the way the boys rallied together tonight.”

Holton led 20-7 in the third quarter when Pouch returned an interception 35 yards for the touchdown..

It was still a 13-point game going into the fourth but Holton had four touchdown runs in the final 12 minutes by Aaron Herron of 1, 7, 50 and 61 yards. His second touchdown run was set up on an 80-yard interception return by Draven Wyant.

“Right, we have a lot of growing to do emotionally and physically,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We have good kids and they can do it if they want to. We have to convince them they can get there.”

It was Evart’s home opener.

“We didn’t have a turnover and we take advantage of their four,” Nummerdorf said. “That’s a big difference in the football game.”

Evart beat Fremont 30-26 in the season opener on Aug. 23. Holton defeated Hart

26-18. The Red Devils lost to Evart 48-41 last year.

Holton had 274 yards rushing, led by Herron with 208 yards.

For Evart, quarterback Cody Pritchard completed his first eight passes and had 18 completions for 133 yards but had three interceptions. Conklin led the rushing attack with 53 yards.

The Wildcats have played their first two games without standout running back Kyle Stokes, who is still nursing an injury and is out indefinitely.

“That hurts us,” Craven said. “We don’t have that speed which we had last year. But that’s an opportunity for someone else to step in. It’s not one guy that’s going to do it for us. This is a team game.”

The Highland Conference season opens on Friday for Evart at home with Pine River for the Wounded Warrior trophy.