McBain's second half rally downs Wildcats 20-18
EVART - Evart (2-2, 3-2) dropped its second straight game in a close loss. 20-18 at home to McBain on Friday.
The Wildcats had a 12-0 lead after the first quarter and 18-0 at halftime. But McBain came back with 18 unanswered points in the second half. It was 18-12, Evart, after three. McBain scored in the fourth and got the two-point conversion.
Evart scored on a 70-yard hook-and-ladder play from Danny Witbeck to Hayden Simmer for the first score. The next score was a 91-yard pass play from Witbeck to Cameron Brasington to Justin O'Dell. The third touchdown was a Brasington interception returned for 37 yards.
"We couldn't run the ball," Evart coach Pat Craven said. 'We only ran it for 37 yards. That was not helpful."
Witbeck was 12-of-30 in passing for 175 yards with a touchdown and interception. Brasington had the one pass for 91 yards. O'Dell had four receptions for 110 yards. Simmer had four catches for 92 yards.
Defensively, Brasington had 13 tackles and a pick-six. Reese Ransom had 12 tackles and Justin O'Dell had nine.
"We had total control of the football game at halftime," Craven said. "We relaxed, and unfortunately our halftime conversation of keeping the pedal to the metal and not being comfortable to where we're at (didn't help). We had more penalties in the second half than total yards. It was penalty after penalty where we were hurting ourselves."
The contest was delay by 90 minutes because of lightning.
Evart plays Friday at Houghton Lake.