Evart junior confident of success for football team in state finals


EVART  — Nolan VanOrder and other Evart underclassmen football players were watching post-game ceremonies Friday night honoring Wildcat seniors, including those on the gridiron squad.

For VanOrder, it was tough to imagine 16 seniors playing their final home Evart regular-season football season.

VanOrder has been safety and tight end in his junior season. He started at safety in Friday’s season finale home game against Montabella. “Covering the pass,” VanOrder noted, is his main assignment on defense.

The Wildcats,7-2, play at Carson City-Crystal (9-0) Friday night in a first-round playoff game.

“We have to shut down the run and any deep pass and have good pass coverage,” VanOrder. “We’re feeling pretty good about it. We feel solid about playing there.”

The Wildcats were undefeated on the road this season including a win over a tough McBain team. They also defeated Suttons Bay, Manton and Marion on the road. They lost their only games at home, against Beal City and Lake City.

“We’re confident about playing on the road,” VanOrder said.

Prior to hearing which team they would be playing, the Wildcats were thinking it might be Lake City in the first or second round. To beat a team like that again, “we’d have to shut down their key players,” VanOrder said

But now, the Wildcats will focus on CC-Crystal. Meanwhile, reflecting on the regular season. Evart can look back positively on a 7-2 mark.

“We feel real good and feel we’re in a very good position,” VanOrder said.