EVART — Evart’s football team improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Highland Conference with a 38-27 league win over Manton last weekend.

The game started Friday and, because of lightning, was finished on Saturday.

Manton led 7-0 after the first quarter. It was 21-14, Manton, at halftime. The Rangers led 27-22 after three quarters. Evart had a 16-0 advantage in the fourth.

Danny Griffin had a 17-yard run for Evart’s first touchdown. Carter Pritchard passed to Trevin Ladd for the second score. The third touchdown was a 2-yard run by Cody Pritchard, followed by a 13-yard run by Griffin. The final score was a 43-yard TD pass from Carter Pritchard to Griffin.

Cody Pritchard had 21 carries for 121 yards. Griffin had 13 carries for 87 yards. Layne Nadig had 21 carries for 81 yards. Carter Pritchard was 4-of-9 in passing for 86 yards. Griffin caught two passes for 61 yards. Ladd caught two aerials for 25 yards.

Defensively, Jericho VanScoyoc had four tackles and an interception, Nadig and Caleb Parrish had seven tackles.

It was the first game Evart put Carter Pritchard at quarterback. The former quarterback, Ladd, is now at tight end.

“We needed another athlete up front who could block and catch and give just another threat off the edge,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “The person that best fit that spot was Trevin. We decided last weekend to make the switch. Trevin took it well. He’s willing to do anything to help the team win. He exceeded expectations on Friday night and Saturday.”

Craven said the team struggled Friday night. 

“We had some defensive lapses, but we regrouped over our lightning break,” Craven said. “The coaches made some adjustments and we were able to bring in the kids Saturday morning and go over it with them. It worked out.”

Evart was in Manton on Friday at 11:30 p.m.when the officials decided to call it. The Wildcats returned to Evart at 1 a.m. The entire second half was on Saturday with kickoff at 1 p.m.

“I thought our kids reacted very well to the circumstances,” Craven said. “We were proud of them. You never know how 16 and 17-year-old kids will react to it. It was foreign to them and foreign to us as well. The kids were up to the challenge.”

Evart is home Friday with Beal City. The Wildcats handed the Aggies their only league loss last season.

“We’re expecting them to be 100 percent ready to play,” Craven said. “It should be another solid Highland Conference matchup.”