Hopkins comes back at right time for Evart football team

Wildcats running back sparks team to state title

Cole Hopkins



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EVART – A healthy Cole Hopkins will make for a dangerous Evart football team this weekend.

The Wildcats running back-linebacker was nursing a sore shoulder in the district title game against East Jordan, but played in the second half to give his team a boost in a 35-7 win to send Evart to the regional title game against Iron Mountain.

“Cole was on an emergency basis and we didn’t really want to use him but knew we could if we wanted to,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “When Tanner (Graber) went down and it was a one-score game (in the third quarter) Cole said he was going in. We trust him and he was the difference maker.”

Hopkins rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

“I had surgery on my finger, “ he said. “It was a last minute thing. I’m healthy now and I’m excited to be back.”

Hopkins didn’t play defense but indicated he will against Iron Mountain on Saturday in a regional title game. Evart enters that game with a 10-1 record.

“We’ve been sticking together, having fun every practice and not letting the moment get too big, keep practicing, doing our job and keep winning,” he said.

The Wildcats had to make a long trip to Iron Mountain but Hopkins didn't mind.

“We’re super excited,” Hopkins said. “We’ve never made it this far in the playoffs.”