Evart rolls past Pine Rive 46-0

Evart's Bryant Calderon looks for yardage against Pine River on Thursday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Evart's Bryant Calderon looks for yardage against Pine River on Thursday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART – Evart’s offense continues to roll.

The Wildcats scored 55 points last Saturday in a win over Roscommon and exploded again in Thursday’s Highland Conference football game over Pine River for a 46-0 win.

It was the regular-season finale for both teams, who enter the playoffs next week. Evart (4-2) has won four straight and Pine River (1-5) has lost five in a row.

The game was played on Thursday to secure referees.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We challenged them on a short week to make things as simple as we could for them so we could play fast. We challenged the kids to attack right from the beginning and I thought we did that.”

The Wildcats were dominant in the first half for a 33-0 halftime advantage. They led 13-0 early on touchdown passes by Danny Witbeck of 36 and 54 yards to Cole Hopkins.

Brayden Cass had an interception to lead to a 20-yard Bryant Calderon touchdown run and 20-0 lead.

In the second, Witbeck intercepted a pass and later threw a 20-yard touchdown to Cass. Hayden Simmer intercepted a pass to set up a 3-yard Calderon TD run late in the second quarter for a 33-point lead.

“We attacked all night long and executed offensively and defensively,” Craven said. “We keep getting better. That’s all a coach could hope for.”

Hopkins had a 12-yard run on the first drive of the second half for a 40-0 lead and the running clock took effect.

“It was awesome,” Hopkins said. “I’m glad we got to play and glad we made it this far.”

Witbeck scored on a 12-yard keeper early in the fourth for the 46-point lead.

“It was a really great game,” lineman Kameron Grein said. “We came from the start just pounding it down their throat. Everything was just going for us.”

Evart won the Armed Forces Trophy which goes to the winner of this annual rivalry.

“I told the kids let’s try to forget about this one overnight,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “A whole new season starts tomorrow for us. This one obviously, there’s not a lot of good to come from it. Hopefully, we’ll move on quickly.”