Evart players compete with Clare in 7-on-7 passing scrimmage

EVART — Evart’s football team braved the rainstorms on Wednesday afternoon, June 22, and was able to get in a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage against Clare.

The scrimmage was at the Wildcat practice field, just south of the high school, and involved passing plays for both teams.

“We were dodging the weather, first day out, but it was good to be out there throwing the ball around,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “It was good to be out moving around.”

Quarterback Jesse Lang and tight end Jarek VanOrder were among the Evart several players in the camp.

“We were missing a handful,” Craven said. “That’s kind of how it works this time of year. We were working on stuff that we’ve previously used or are looking at implementing into the playbook.

“To be honest with you, I like 7-on-7s for defensive back coverage. I like that more than anything else. It’s nice to have the quarterback throw but it’s not game like because no one is breathing down his neck. As far as defensive backs and what not, they can see where they have to go and the defensive coverage we’re running.”

Evart will have another passing camp July 13 at Grayling and possibly at the end of the July at Farwell.

During actual games, “we probably throw 20 to 30 percent of the time,” Craven said.

Brady Hasse, a defensive back and senior captain was at the camp.

“It was pretty helpful,” he said. “It got me back in shape after two week off. It really helped. It’s good to remember all the routes and plays again.”

Evart will also have a camp at home July 18-20 with sessions 6-8 p.m. and July 21 and 22 all day and possibly the morning of July 23.

“If we didn’t have any summer workouts like this, I don’t think we’d be fit to play football during the season,” Hasse said. “We wouldn’t know all the plays and wouldn’t be strong and have enough endurance.”