Shaw returns for junior season with Wildcats

EVART — Evart’s football team has several juniors this season including two-way player Andruw Shaw, who is set to be a key performer for the Wildcats.

He’s a center and linebacker. It’s his second year on the varsity.

“It went pretty good, I did better than I thought I was going to do,” Shaw said.

He was able to make a smooth transition to the varsity as a sophomore.

“I just have to do my job, protect my quarterback and running backs and blocking the big guys,” Shaw said.

As a center, “I just snap the ball and hit my guy at the same time,” he said, adding Evart centers, in the Wildcat offensive setup can usually expect to hit a player as soon as he delivers the snap.

Shaw snapped for both Trevin Ladd and Robbie Tapling, who were Evart’s 2015 quarterbacks. Tapling stepped in for several weeks after Ladd was injured prior to the second game.

“The first week he was iffy, but after that he was good,” Shaw said. “With Trevin, we go shotgun a lot. With Robbie we went (under center).” 

Tapling has graduated and Ladd is in his third season as quarterback. The key on the center-quarterback exchange is repetition, Shaw said.

“We have the same offensive line as last year,” he said.

Shaw considers linebacker to be his best position.

“We’ll be hard hitting (in defense),” Shaw said.

Evart has gotten out to a 1-0 start following a 49-14 win against White Cloud. A highlight in 2015 was a win over perennial Highland Conference power Beal City. It was the Aggies’ only league loss, but Evart’s only conference win.

“We have to come to practice, work hard and win every day,” Shaw said.