Kitchen looks back at varsity football season

EVART — Dylan Kitchen and other Evart football seniors ended their careers last month after a 4-5 season.

He played left tight end for the Wildcats this season in his second varsity campaign. He saw more gridiron time this season.

“I’d say maybe I’m a little quicker, stronger physically and probably mentally,” Kitchen said, adding that toward the end of the offseason, “we were able to get in some conditioning work.”

He saw some action at defensive end. At tight end, his main role was to block, and to catch passes, if necessary. At 6-foot-2, he was one of the taller players on the team and could use height to his advantage, whenever necessary.

The physicalness of football challenged Kitchen when he sustained a concussion late in the season but was able to return to action in a later game.

A key moment for the Wildcats was a 17-7 win over perennial power Beal City.

“The key was we felt the need to win,” he said.

The Wildcats were a win away from making the playoffs. going into the final two games of the regular season. Kitchen said “mental toughness” would be critical. The Wildcats closed out with wins over Tri-Unity Christian and Baldwin.

Kitchen played other sports in the past but focused on football this season. The Beal City win was especially enjoyable, not to mention the other three victories, Kitchen said.