Evart football team hopes to make it 3-0 at Beal City

HARRISON — The Highland Conference season now begins for the 2-0 Evart Wildcats who have come out of two non-league games with a 2-0 record.

The Evart football team scored 27 points in the second quarter to bust open a tight game to defeat Harrison on Thursday with a 34-7 win.

“I thought we started off slow, don’t know if it was the heat or not,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. ”We kicked it into gear in the second quarter. But we have to start better.”

Trailing 7-0, Evart scored four times in the second quarter. John Danley rushed in from the two to begin the scoring.

That was followed by a 61-yard pass from Jacob Fortune to Austin Grein, a 7-yard run by Grein and a 36-yard pass from Fortune to Danley.

Danley concluded the scoring in the fourth quarter on a three-yard run.

Grein finished with 76 yards rushing, while Danley added another 55. Fortune was 7-for-9 throwing the ball for 176 yards and a pair of scores.

“I thought we threw the ball well and caught the ball well,” Craven said. “We really executed our offensive game plan well. I like it that we’re coaching the kids to do things and they’re doing it correctly. We still have things to improve on every week.”

Evart is in action Friday when it travels to Beal City, 2-0.

“They have a good running game and a solid passing game,” Craven said. “We’ll have to play well. We have to play better in every area of the game than we did last week. That’s our focus. We can’t control how good Beal City is. We can only control how well we play. If we play well and some of our best ball, we have a chance of pulling out a victory.

“They’re quick and they have some good backs. Our focus will be to slow down the run game. They definitely want to run the football and we’ll want to shut that down.”

Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this report.