Evart lands five players on all-Highland first-team squad

EVART — Evart’s football program celebrated a winning season this year with a 5-4 record and was paced by five players that made the all-Highland Conference first team.

First-team honorees included tight end Jarek VanOrder, quarterback Jesse Lang, running back Brad Hasse, offensive guard Andrew French and defensive tackle Logan Prichard.

John Danley as a running back and Devon VanOrder as a defensive end made the honorable mention list.

Jarek VanOrder had 20 pass receptions for 220 yards and one touchdown.

“He’s a great blocker and we ran a lot of plays his way,” said Evart coach Pat Craven.

Lang passed for 500 yards and five touchdowns for Evart and averaged five yards a carry.

“He did a real nice job,” Craven said. “His first two years, he was battling injuries. This was the first time he’s been injury free. I was proud of the improvements he made for us this year.”

Hasse led a powerful Evart rushing attack with 816 yards for 5.8 yards per carry and nine touchdowns.

“We had a better rushing attack this season with three guys rushing for more than 700 yards,” Craven said. “Brady’s a tough kid. He’s tough to bring down. He’s a good mix of strength and speed between the tackles.”

It’s no secret that a strong running attack needs a solid offensive line.

“We rushed for almost 2,500 yards,” Craven said adding that on the offensive line, French “was a big part of that. We only gave up one sack on 76 passing attempts. I think that’s pretty good. I thought our offensive line did a good job with that.”

Prichard recorded 46 tackles.

“Teams didn’t try to run the ball in the A-B gap against us,” Craven said. “Part of the reason is (Prichard) was such a strong force there. He did a good job freeing up our linebackers to make a lot of tackles.”

Devon VanOrder had 51 tackles on defense. “He was pretty versatile,” Craven said. “He was tough to block.”’

Danley had 737 yards rushing with 6.2 yards per carry and eight touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.