Evart rolls past Tri-Unity Christian in final home game

EVART — Evart’s football team ended its home season in winning style Friday night with a 49-8 triumph over Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian.

“The kids played real well,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We had a distinct speed advantage over Tri-Unity. Our kids play extremely fast and executed the offensive and defensive game plan very well.”

Cody Pritchard led the Wildcats (3-5) with 108 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Danny Griffin, Dillon Danley and Layne Nadig also ran for touchdowns.

Quarterback Trevin Ladd threw for 104 yards and three touchdowns with two to Robbie Tapling and one to Chris Imhoff. Jericho Vanscoyoc had three interceptions.

“I thought all of our skilled kids played really well,” Craven said. “It was nice to see Trevin get back on track. He threw some nice balls. The rest of them played well also.

“The neat thing is it was our senior night. We have some kids that haven’t seen the field a lot this year because of where they are on the depth chart. They got a lot of playing time Friday night. That was nice to see. They played well. I was excited for them.”

The regular season ends at Baldwin Friday night in non-conference action. It’s a unique match-up between the two schools, 30 miles apart. Baldwin (4-3) has played an eight-game schedule and needs to defeat Evart to qualify for the playoffs.

The second week of the regular season, Baldwin beat Tri-Unity 38-33. The three teams the Panthers have lost to (Reed City, Lake Linden-Hubbell and Onekama) have a combined record of 23-1.

“Baldwin, from what we see on film, looks to be very similar to Tri-Unity,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “They have some good skilled kids and some good speed. We’ll have to match up our speed up with theirs and play disciplined football.”

“We’re going to have to get better up front,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “(Evart) plays in the Highland and sees good teams week in and week out. We know they beat Beal City. They’ve been playing solid. Their record is very deceiving. What a good football team they have. We respect them tremendously. We’re going to have to strap it on and come ready to play.”

Evart can’t make the playoffs, but obviously wants to end the season on a winning note.

“We had to reassess our season goal a couple of weeks ago, and one of the things our seniors wanted to have happen is go out on a winning note and leave the program going into the offseason on a winning streak,” Craven said. “They’re doing their best to put our underclassmen in the offseason on a strong note.”