Evart player earns top defensive awards
EVART — Several players from Evart’s football team have received all-league honors from the Highland Conference.
es senior linebacker Josh Dorn, who had 114 total tackles, one interception, eight caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
“Josh was recently voted as the Defensive Player of the Year by the Highland football coaches,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “He was the most dominant defensive player in the league with the ability to stuff the run and move sideline to sideline. Teams, during the second half of the season, began running away from him and he still led the team in tackles. He is another tremendous young man who has worked very hard for his accomplishments.”
Junior quarterback Carter Pritchard was 78-for-145 in pass attempts for 1,237 yards, 15 touchdown, six interceptions and 48 carries for 191 yards.
“Carter was the best quarterback on the field every Friday night with the exception of the young man from Glen Lake,” Pritchard said. “He is a tremendous worker and leader. He has the ability to audible to get out of plays and make quick, great decisions.”
Junior running back-wide receiver Kyle Stokes had 47 carries for 577 yards, 19 receptions for 451 yards and 13 total touchdowns.
“Kyle was one of the most dynamic athletes in the Highland Conference,” Craven said. “His ability to run and catch the ball separated him from others in the league, along with his all-state speed.”
Senior defensive tackle Andruw Shaw had 27 total tackles with eight tackles for a loss.
“Andruw was a disruptive force within the tackles and did a great job of stuffing the run,” Craven said.
Senior defensive tackle Caleb Parish had 39 total tackles, four fumble recoveries, one caused fumble and three tackles for loss.
“Caleb was an outstanding defensive tackle-nose tackle,” Craven said. “He had the ability to play both A gaps, freeing up his linebackers to make plays inside the tackles. He is very agile for his size and caused problems for teams trying to run the counter and screen game.”
The honorable mention list included senior cornerback Cortez Bryant who had 39 total tackles, including tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery and eight pass break-ups.
“Cortez was a first-year player to Evart and had a sensational defensive year,” Craven said. “He became the best shut down corner in the league, always taking the opponent’s top receiver. He consistently defended the pass and was a tough run defender off the edge.”
Billy Conklin also earned honorable mention honors.