Evart quarterback eager to start his junior season

EVART — Trevin Ladd has one season as a starting varsity quarterback under his belt.

Now the Evart junior is set to show his experience as he gets ready for season No. 2.

Ladd and his teammates have been busy this summer getting ready for a season that starts Aug. 28 at White Cloud. The practice season begins Aug. 10. To get a head start, Ladd and his teammates have been focusing on improving during the summer season.

“We’re definitely getting better,” Ladd said Wednesday night at Farwell where the Wildcats had their final 7-on-7 passing camp of the summer. “The (routes) are crisper, and there’s better timing.”

Ladd was the No. 1 quarterback as a sophomore for the Wildcats and is eager to shine as a junior.

The passing camps “really benefit in getting everyone on the same page, “ Ladd said.

The Wildcats were 2-7 last season. But Ladd is confident Evart can shoot for the playoffs this fall. The Wildcats will need six wins to automatically qualify. It won’t be easy in a conference with perennial powers like Beal City, Manton, McBain and Pine River.

“I want to improve my game all-around,” he said. “We’re all going to be a year older. We lost only four juniors.”

Ladd also plays defense and the passing camp also provides schools with a way to improve pass coverage. He’s not sure which Highland Conference teams might pose the biggest passing threat.

“It depends on the team and what they’re trying to do,” Ladd said.

But having been in the passing camps, Ladd said, will benefit himself and his teammates as they get closer to the first day of practices.

“I think it helps a lot,” he said. “It put us ahead of everyone  who is not here.”