Evart senior reflects on season highlights

EVART — Andrew Maxwell would like nothing better than to close his Evart football career on a high note.

Maxwell is among the Wildcat seniors and has seen action at tight end and running back.

The Wildcats (3-5) finish the season at Baldwin on Friday night.

The season hit a high note with a 17-7 victory over then No. 1-ranked Beal City. But then the Wildcats dropped two straight close games to Lake City and Pine River prior to a 49-8 win over Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian.

Maxwell caught a touchdown pass in the close game against Lake City.

“We came out kind of slow and didn’t fire on all cylinders,” Maxwell said after that game. “We didn’t come out and play defensively like we need to. We kind of waited until the second half and needed to fire off the ball right from the kickoff. We fell short and didn’t play to our potential again.”

Maxwell’s touchdown reception from Robbie Tapling in the contest got his team back in the game.

“All I remember is it was fourth down and safeties had been going over Danny (Griffin), so we decided to run up the seams and Rob put the ball right in my hands,” Maxwell recalled. “I pretty much just walked in.”

Maxwell has been more of a leader, he said, and has started both ways.

“Speed and firing off the ball quick,” has been a strength on offense, Maxwell said, adding on defense, “we play physical all out. We play like we need to. We’re aggressive.”

Strong practices is the key for a winning finish to the season, Maxwell said. “We know we need to play hard and practice hard.”

The win over Beal City provided a memorable moment for Maxwell and the Wildcats.

“Beal City is usually a really good team so when we went into halftime, and realized it was just  7-0, we could play this game and beat them,” Maxwell said. “We had confidence and went out there and played.”