Former Evart player trying to build program at Farwell

EVART —  Ben Bryant has been working hard to get the football program at Farwell in the right direction and has been looking to use what he learned during his days at Evart.

Farwell has started out 1-2, defeating Coleman in the season opener and falling to Vestaburg and Gladwin the next two weekends. Bryant brought his team to Evart on Aug. 20 for a multi-team scrimmage.

He graduated from Evart in 2006 and played two seasons of varsity football. It’s his second season as head coach at Farwell. He also spent a previous year on staff.

“We’re small as far as numbers go,” Bryant said. “We had a lot of kids that worked hard during the summer. They put in a lot of effort. We should be pretty solid. We have a lot of seniors that played last year and are starting to really pick up on the schemes of our playbook.”

Farwell was 1-8 prior to Bryant’s first coaching season. The Eagles were 0-9 last fall. They were 3-24 the previous three seasons.

“We’re obviously trying to build up numbers,” Bryant said. “I think every school is right now. It seems to be everybody is a little bit lower than they normally are. Our JV squad has 24 kids and our varsity 19. The good thing is that this season we have players that can go both ways.”

Bryant acknowledged that he always wanted to be a coach. He played at Evart while current skipper Pat Craven was coaching.

“Pat was a great coach and taught me a lot of things,” Bryant said. “He was a great role model for the kids.”