Highland Conference honors 8 Evart football players

EVART — Evart’s football team enjoyed a playoff qualification season and landed eight players on the all-conference Highland squad announced recently.

Karsten Allen, Josh Dorn, Danny Griffin, Trevin Ladd, Cameron Marin, Layne Nadig, Anson Poullion and Cody Pritchard were the honorees.

Pritchard was named offensive player of the year.

Allen and Martin earned honorable mention honors.

Pritchard, a senior running back, was the Highland Conference’s leading rusher this season. He had 118 carries for 1,074 yards, six receptions for 112 yards and 13 total TDs.

“Cody averaged over nine yards per carry,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “Cody has worked very diligently over his four years to make himself one of the top running back in northern Michigan.”

Ladd was a senior tight end.

“Trevin was a three-year starting quarterback,” Craven said. “After week 3, the coaching staff determined that we needed Trevin’s talents at the tight end position to best help our team. Trevin took the change like a champ.  His motto was, ‘whatever the team needs to win, coach.’

“In the final six games of the regular season, Trevin proved that he is the best blocking tight end in the Highland Conference and also a dangerous weapon to throw to. He caught nine passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Had Trevin played the entire year at tight end, Cody Pritchard may have eclipsed the 1,500 yard mark and Trevin would have much better receiving statistics.”

Nadig is a senior defensive back/linebacker.

“Layne is probably our defensive MVP,” Craven said. “He is the team’s grit leader.  He did such a nice job causing havoc early in the season that we moved him to a hybrid LB/SS position and called him ‘Little Peppers.’’

Nadig had 55 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions, and returned a game-clinching fumble recovery 70 yards for a touchdown against Harrison. He also caught 14 passes for 167 yards and scored seven touchdowns this season.

Poullion is a senior offensive tackle.

“Anson is the anchor of our offensive line that rushed for over 2,000 yards this season, almost 230 yards per game,” Craven said. “He has proven to be a physical force against every team he faced this season. He led the team with 16 pancake blocks and only allowed one sack this season.

Griffin was a senior defensive back and three-year starter for the Wildcats.

“Danny was the top cornerback in the Highland Conference,” Craven said. “Every week, Danny was placed in man-to-man coverage on the opposition’s top receiver.  Danny did not allow a touchdown to be thrown against him this season, had one interception, and three sacks. The interception statistic is a bit unbalanced as four teams did not attempt one target at Danny this season. Danny was also our leading receiver with 216 yards receiving for an average of almost 20 yards per catch.”

Griffin also rushed for 443 yards on 83 carries and had eight touchdowns this season.

Dorn is a junior linebacker and also played offensive guard.

“Josh led our team in tackles this season with 108,” Craven said. “He also had two sacks and one interception. Josh has a unique ability to play tough between the tackles and also run down plays to the outside. He established himself as one of the Highland Conference’s top linebackers this fall.”

Allen was a junior linebacker.

“Karsten was second on the team in tackles with 82, Craven said. “Karsten is very physical and plays at an extremely high tempo. Karsten also had one sack. He was also able to play sideline to sideline because of his speed and physicality.

Martin was a junior offensive guard.

“He is a very cerebral player who has the ability to communicate calls and blocking schemes at the line of scrimmage,” Craven said. “Cameron was a vital part to Cody Pritchard’s success, as he was Cody’s pulling guard on most of Cody’s running plays. He is an athletic guard, who can pull and move into position and spring our top runners free. Cam was also a huge piece to our running success this season.”