Evart receiver hopes for another banner football season

EVART  — Robert Tapling won’t soon forget some memorable catches he made for Evart’s football team in a Highland Conference football clash last season.

Monday morning, at midnight, Tapling and the Wildcats started what they hope will be another memorable season.

It won’t be easy acknowledged Tapling, who is among the few, returning starters on the team this season. He’s a junior after playing as a sophomore last fall.

“It was a learning experience, more of getting my wings,” he said. “It was a little bit different than JVs. It was a learning experience.”

Tapling played wide receiver and also saw starting action at safety. A major highlight was when he helped the Wildcats overcome a 27-0 deficit late in the third quarter against Pine River and score 33 unanswered points en route to a 33-27 victory.

“I got a big 82-yard touchdown (reception from quarterback Jacob Fortune),” Tapling recalled. “I’m good at getting open, good at creating space.”

Defensively, Tapling expects to be a busy player.

“I’ll be showing the younger kids how to do stuff,” he said. “I play good zone coverage and I know what I’m doing. I (try to be) smart back there.”

Tapling tried to put in as much work as he could on football during the summer.

“I tried to be in the weight room as much as I could,” he said.

Evart opened its practice season this week. The season kicks off Aug. 28 at home against White Cloud in nonleague action. The Highland season begins at Harrison Sept. 5.

“We’re going to be young and small,” Tapling said. “It will be a learning experience. The key for us to have success this year will have to be defense. We’ll have to stop a lot of good teams in our conference. I think we’ll have good defense this year.”

Trevin Ladd is taking over at quarterback.

“Over the summer, he meshed right in and found his role,” Tapling said.