EVART — Trevin Ladd has met the challenges of being a varsity quarterback for the Evart Wildcats in his sophomore season.

Ladd is in his third season at quarterback. He had been a running back in Pop Warner and shifted over to quarterback in eighth grade.

“The quarterback at the time ended up getting his role,” Ladd said. “As a backup, I kind of filled his role.”

It’s a role he enjoys. He took over for Jakob Fortune, who graduated.

“When we got back from (2013-14) Christmas break, (Coach Pat Craven) talked to me about it,” Ladd said. “I was excited.”

The season opened with a win over White Cloud, but was then followed by losses to Harrison and Manton.

“I’m feeling good, but there’s always pressure,” Ladd said. “I’m excited to be on the field and (try to) turn things around.”

The Wildcats lost 57-0 to Beal City recently they were 2-3 following a forfeit win over Marion. They lost 16-6 to Pine River last Friday.

Ladd continues to focus on the transition to varsity quarterback.

“Getting the reads on defense and coverages” is an area in which he continues to seek improvement, Ladd said. “There’s always definitely room to improve.”

The Wildcats are thin in numbers this season but Ladd only plays defense if needed in the backfield.

“My first reads are pass and then run,” he said, “The option is there (to run) if I get the call, but mostly I try to stay in the pocket to make it easier on the offensive line.”

The Wildcats play home Friday for their homecoming.

“We just have to come together as a team,” Ladd said. “You have to win during the practice week (to have success Friday night).”