Evart's quarterback, running back set for their third seasons

EVART — Jesse Lang is ready and rarin’ to go in his third year as quarterback for Evart’s football team.

So is running back Brady Hasse.

Lang is in his senior season. He participated in as many summer workouts and related activities as possible to get ready for football.

Reading defenses and throwing the long pass are areas of focus for Lang.

“(The long ball) will be effective, I think,” he said. “Defenses know I can throw short. Having the long ball will open up the short game.”

As a senior, “with two years of experience, it will help out a lot,” Lang said. “We lost a little bit on the defensive side but have a lot of returners on offense.”

Hasse is also in his third varsity season.

“It was a productive season,” he said of 2010. “That was the first year I played on offense. I got better on defense. During the summer, we had workouts and in winter we have the weight room.”

Hasse said his strength as a ball carrier is his speed and being able to fake his moves and hitting the hole. He figures on being active on defense.

The Wildcats are at home for a 4 p.m. scrimmage on Friday.

Tawas, St. Louis and Meridian will be at the scrimmage.

“We want to work on some timing, go against somebody different and see different kids in different spots,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “We’ve gotten quite a bit done. (Last week) was a great week weather wise for practice. The kids worked hard. I thought we accomplished quite a bit. We have to keep working at things, try to improve and get better every day.”

Craven is putting a lot of stock into his scrimmage.

“We’ve set the depth chart after this weekend,” he said. “We still have some areas where we’re still looking closely at some kids. For those areas where we’re still unsure, it will be a big difference. After Friday, we’ll go back and look at film. Hopefully we’ll see what we expect to see. If not, we’ll have to make changes from there and work on specific things.”

Evart opens the season Aug. 26 at Montabella.

The schedule “will be fairly tough,” Lang said. “The Highland is always tough. Starting out with Beal City (in league play Sept. 9) I think is good. It will give us a look on what to expect in conference.”

“We have a lot of potential this year,” Hasse said. “We might be able to make the playoffs. We have a good line coming. All three of our running backs are back.”