Evart linebacker off to a solid start

EVART — It didn’t take long for Evart junior linebacker Andrew Maxwell to assert himself as the type of football player who can make  game-changing plays.

Maxwell caused the fumble against White Cloud quarterback Tito Rodriguez in the second half of Evart’s season opener that led to a Dillon Danley fumble recovery and gave the Wildcats their first touchdown.

It was a play that Maxwell was hoping would inspire his team and get the Wildcats going in the right direction. Considering they left the field with a 25-3 effort, his hopes were realized.

“We just had to get used to their plays and get our reads down right,” Maxwell said. “We had a bunch of players that haven’t played on varsity before.”

That included Maxwell.

“I was very nervous,” he said. “After the kickoff, I got right back out there and felt it was the same.”

Maxell’s role is to make plays and make the right reads.

“It’s always great to start off the season with the win,” he said.“It sets a tone so we can out there and make some more plays.”

The Wildcats are playing with just 17 varsity players although they appeared to have more than enough stamina for four quarters against White Cloud. The trip last weekend to Harrison was challenging against a team with 40 players. Evart lost 39-6.

“They have fresh players but we have endurance,” Maxwell said. “It means we have to play our hearts out.”

Maxwell is also a guard on offense. “We kicked it in tone the second half (against Harrison),” he said. “We just had to get used to it. We have a lot of younger guys in there too.”

Trevin Ladd, a sophomore, is also making his varsity debut at quarterback.

“He’s real good, he handles it well for being a sophomore,” Maxwell said.

After the Harrison game, Evart starts a six-week Highland Conference stretch.

“We can make the plays for the third-straight year,” Maxwell said. “We have to make sure we make good plays and don’t slack off.”