Hopkins' dramatic catches give Evart major lift

EVART — The Jacob to Jacob combination was effective in a dramatic way on Saturday for Evart’s football team.

Quarterback Jacob Fortune threw passes of 12 and 34 yards to receiver Jacob Hopkins with 51 seconds and 0.5 seconds left in the game. The first pass tied the game at 27-all and the second one produced the 33-27 final.

The TD passes concluded a dramatic comeback by Evart, which had trailed 27-0 midway in the third quarter.

On the game-tying score, “they called a really good play and I was open,” Hopkins said, adding that on the last play “our quarterback set a great ball, it couldn’t have been better.”

Hopkins said he actually wasn’t wide open either time but credited Fortune with perfectly thrown passes.

“It was the best feeling I ever felt in my life,” he said. “I was thinking of overtime (after the first catch).”

Earlier in the game, the Wildcats were thinking of an upset loss, after falling behind to the Bucks by four touchdowns.

“We weren’t doing our assignments right,” Hopkins said. “We were having two guys on the same gap on defense. We weren’t covering the deep guys.”

Evart is at McBain Friday.

“McBain better be ready,” Hopkins said. “We’re going to be (pumped).”

Despite the win, it was a wakeup call of sorts for the Wildcats.

“We need to come out at the start of the game and play like we can,” Hopkins said.

Senior lineman Dean Marsh said it was a matter of “keep pushing each other” when the team fell behind 27-0.

“It was kind of shock to us at first,” Marsh said. “But we picked it up. Always work hard at practice and never underestimate an opponent.”

Against Mc Bain, “we have to play a whole four quarters of football as well as we did this last quarter,” he said.