EVART — Cody Pritchard is among the new faces the Evart Wildcat football team is hoping will make huge contributions during the 2014 season.

Pritchard is a sophomore who played JV last season. He’s been working on making the adjustment from junior varsity to varsity.

“There’s more work,” Pritchard said. “I did a lot of weight-lifting in the winter. Not so much in the summer.”

Pritchard is looking forward to being a varsity player. As a running back, he’s anticipating on using his “speed and power,” and is looking forward to carrying the ball in an offense led by new quarterback Trevin Ladd.

“It will be pretty much the same,” he said. “We’ll do a lot of passing, about the same.”

In the passing game, Pritchard anticipates being more of a blocker for the quarterback. As a ball carrier, he’s hoping to use his strength to get yardage. A lot of that will depend on the offensive line.

“The line looks good,” he said, adding that defensively, his role will be “to stop everything up the middle.”

Evart has a young team and only has 17 players. But Pritchard remains optimistic.

“We’ve made a lot of progress since the first day of practice,” he said. “We have a lot to learn.”

The season opens Aug. 28 against White Cloud at home. Avoiding mistakes and not getting tired will be a key for this team to have success.

‘We’ll have to work hard in practice and get in shape,” Pritchard said. He points to Beal City and McBain as Highland Conference powers.

“We can get a lot better,” he said. “There’s a lot of room to improve.”