EVART — Evart’s Anthony Dawson is in his junior season and is getting ready for this week’s showdown at Pine River against the arch-rival Bucks.

He’s been a wide receiver on offense and has been playing safety, cornerback and linebacker on defense.

The adjustment to the varsity level “is not too bad,” he said. “It’s bigger people, faster pace. That’s mostly about it.”

Dawson made some key plays for the Wildcats in their season opener against White Cloud, a 25-3 win.

“I liked that game because how the weather was mostly,” he said. “The games (against Harrison and Manton), we didn’t have the greatest weather. We beat White Cloud, I was liking it.”

As a wide receiver, “it’s a little bit of everything, more route running than anything,” Dawson said, adding that running routes and using his hands have been among his strengths. 

The Wildcats entered the Beal City game following two losses to Harrison and Manton.

“The focus has been studying Beal City’s plays and know what they’re doing,” Dawson said. “On offense, we’re trying to do what we do best, throw a pass and see what we can do with it.”

The powerful Aggies, two-time defending state runner-up in Division 8, won 57-0 in Evart’s most recent game. The Wildcats, who get a forfeit win last week over Marion, now focus on their trip to Pine River Friday.

Dawson is working on his speed as the Wildcats gear up for upcoming games.