Highland Conference honors Evart players
EVART — Several Evart football players have received all-league acclaim from the Highland Conference All-Conference selections announced recently.
Defensive back Cameron Brasington, receiver Donavin Reagan and quarterback Carter Pritchard were on the first team while running back Billy Conklin and defensive lineman Sebastian Calderon got honorable mention honors.
Receiver Kyle Stokes and halfback/linebacker Garrett Johnson got special mention honors due to injuries.
Pritchard, a senior, “was coming off knee surgery and never was 100 percent,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “He never complained and worked hard to lead the team. Each week, he absorbed the other team’s best shots and kept getting up. Carter threw for nearly 1,300 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interception. He did this with his top receiver being out all but the last game.”
Brasington, a junior, “was our top defender this year and an all-conference selection,” Craven said. “He led our defense and directed the defensive backs each week. Cam has really developed into a tough player with a knack for always being around the ball. He had 61 tackles and three interceptions this season while playing multiple roles on the defense.”
Conklin, a senior, “was our top player before suffering a season ending leg injury against Lake City,” Craven said. “Up until that point, we were playing neck in neck with the Trojans. Billy had 41 tackles and three fumble recoveries on defense and averaged 85 all purpose yards per game.”
Reagan, a junior, “was our best possession receiver,” Craven said. “He catches anything within his radius and often times catches balls that shouldn’t be caught. He is an outstanding route runner who understands how to beat specific defensive coverages. With Kyle Stokes out, teams really worked to take Donavin away from us this year and he continued to excel. Donavin caught 22 passes, seven of them for touchdowns.”
Calderon, a junior, “was our top lineman,” Craven said. “He suffered a significant patellar injury in basketball season and worked hard to return to form for football. He pushed himself in the weight room and experienced a solid recovery. Sebastian was our top defensive lineman and also directed the offensive line from the center position.”