Passing leagues get Evart ready for 2014 football season

EVART — Pat Craven and his Evart football program is observing the MHSAA-mandated dead week right now.

But activity will pick up soon for the Wildcats who graduated key players from a year ago and have several question marks.

Summer football, including the passing camps, will answer some questions for Craven.

One of those questions includes who will be his new quarterback.

“I’ve got an idea between a couple of kids,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of kids at individual camps across the state and I’m working with them during the offseason.”

The 2014 schedule, which kicks off in August, will feature a different opener. White Cloud will take the place of Suttons Bay for the opener. Evart has a two-year deal with White Cloud, which comes to Wildcat country this season.

“Suttons Bay had a conference realignment and couldn’t play us anymore, so we picked up White Cloud,” Craven said.

The two schools are comparable in size, Craven noted. White Cloud formerly had a nine-game schedule in the Central State Activities Association. New conference alignment there has given the Indians a five-game league slate, making it necessary to look for another opening-season opponent.

“They might be a little bigger (enrollment wise),” Craven said. “As young as we’re going to be this year, I thought it would be a good opener for us.”

Other nonleague opponents are Harrison and Montabella. There will be four home opponents.

The Wildcats have team camp July 14-15 at the high school and July 23-26 at Eagle Boys Village. Midnight Madness on Aug. 11 opens the preseason.