Pattee set for big season on Evart offensive line


EVART — Jake Pattee is giving Evart solid production at offensive tackle and defensive tackle this season.

He’s a 5-foot- 11, 195-pound senior in his third varsity season. He started on defense last year. He called it a “very successful season” and enjoyed, with his teammates, a strong effort against perennial league power Beal City.

Pattee said he “improved a lot” from his sophomore season. The Wildcats were 7-3 last season and playoff qualifiers.

“Just sticking to the weight room and showing up to all the practices helped,” he said. “This year, I’ve focused on more aggressiveness and more speed.”

He’ll be starting both ways. But even when it’s warm, late in the game, Pattee said his energy “will still be there. I won’t stop.”

The offense has a new quarterback with Trevin Ladd. The offense this year “will be a lot more fluent.”

The key for the defense will be “hopefully putting pressure on the quarterback and shutting down the ends,” Pattee said.

The Wildcats have just 17 varsity players. “We just have to step up, take more roles and responsibilities and work hard,” Pattee, who participated in a lot of offseason conditioning, said.

Despite low numbers, “we can still do it,” Pattee said. “We just have to put our minds to it.”

Evart started the off season with a 25-3 win over White Cloud.

“We have to beat them right up front,” Pattee said prior to the game.

This Friday, the Wildcats are at Harrison.