EVART – Austin Grein and Jared Pattee are having strong seasons for the 5-1 Evart Wildcats and are hoping good times continue as the season hits week seven this Friday at Lake Cityh in Highland Conference action.

Grein, a senior, continues to lead the Evart offense with his running game and has had a big season also at linebacker.

Pattee, a junior, has gained big yardage for the Wildcats on returns and also is helping out defensively in the backfield. He’s also seen action for the Wildcats at running back.

Both players were in key roles in Friday’s 49-14 victory over Pine River last month.

Grein had a 70-yard TD run from scrimmage that virtually broke Pine River’s backs in the battle for the Armed Services trophy.

“It was a pitch and it bounced on the ground. I picked it up and was going to get what I could get,” he said. ”Then I went for the touchdown. Dean Marsh, he was blocking the corner.”

Beating Pine River, “was a good win,” Grein said. “It was the next step. It was a good step to take. We have to stay focused, play to our potential and play hard.”

A strong effort against a powerhouse Beal City team in a loss earlier this season might be a plus for the Wildcats against the Bucks, Grein indicated.

“We’re focusing in practice and everybody is giving their all every week and executing plays,” he said. “We have a pretty strong line. Me and John (Danley) back there are more mature running and have known the offense the last three years.”

Defensively, “we’ve been playing very well, better than in the past,” Grein said.

Grein made those comments prior to the 34-0 win last Friday over McBain. He had a 70-yard touchdown run and left the game in the first half due to an ankle injury. But the Wildcats prevailed in strong fashion.

Meanwhile, the return game remains a dangerous weapon for the Wildcats.

“Everybody blocks pretty good, it helps when you have people blocking,” Pattee said, adding that against Pine River, “we followed our game plan, which was solid. It worked out well for us.”

It’s his first varsity football season.

“I’ve played all right, pretty good,” Pattee, a cornerback, adding that the pass defense “has been good. (Against Pine River), we messed up a couple of reads that hurt us. We’ll get it straightened out. We’ll do all right.”

Following the game plan against future opponents will be the key for victory, Pattee said.

“We feel pretty good the way we’ve played,” Pattee said. “We feel we can win a couple of more games.”