Wildcats hope home field will provide advantage

 EVART – Home field advantage in the playoffs is something the Evart Wildcats worked for in compiling a 7-2 record during the regular season. Now the Wildcats hope to take advantage of it as they meet another 7-2 team, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles, at 7 p.m. this evening in a first-round Division 7 playoff game. Coach Pat Craven and the Wildcats hope a solid week of practice will pay off against CC-Crystal. “We have been really focused on improving our individual techniques and installing our offensive, defensive, and special teams game plan for Carson City,” Craven said. “Carson City is a wing-t based team with multiple unbalanced formations. We will need to be very disciplined in our assignments and tackle well. They are 7-2 with some really nice wins in their league. For us, we will need to do what we do well.” Winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and taking care of the football will be some key factors for Evart. “Our defense needs to be disciplined in its assignments and tackle well,” Craven said.  “Certainly, playing at home is of benefit to us. Our team plays extremely well at home. Our first team defense has not allowed a touchdown at home this year.” Evart will look at Austin Grein and John Danley to continue to lead a solid running attack for the offense, which has Jacob Fortune at quarterback. Devon VanOrder and Larry VanBuren lead a solid defense. If the Wildcats win, they would advance to the second round of the playoffs next week either at Lake City or home against Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian. Football has dominated the conversation in Evart and would continue to do so if the Wildcats can win tonight. “The community is extremely excited, but at the end of the day, our kids need to focus on a four quarter, 11-man football game,” Craven said.