Tapling playing key role on offense for Evart football

EVART —  Senior Robbie Tapling was expected to play a major role for the Evart football team this season.

But his specific role has changed in previous weeks.

Tapling, a senior, is in his third varsity season. He’s trying to help the Wildcats improve from a 2-7 season in 2014.

“Most of our senior class has a year under their belt obviously,” he said.

“We’re not that young in our skill positions. But our line will be very young. I think we’ll be fine with the maturity of our skill positions and the leadership we have.”

Tapling came into the season set to be a tight end and wide receiver, and also see some action at running back on offense. He’s been a safety and cornerback on defense.

“It’s pretty much the same,” he said during preseason. “I kind of moved into tight end which I haven’t done before. My route running (is strong).”

But after Evart defeated White Cloud 25-3 in the opener, Tapling found himself at quarterback after Trevin Ladd was hurt in a car accident. It’s not sure yet how long Ladd will be gone.

Defensively, “I have good leadership on pass coverages,” Tapling said. “I’ve taken on that role.”

Evart is 1-2 and plays Friday at home against Manton.

But Tapling is looking for a winning record and perhaps even more this fall.

“We have to have a consistent offense,” he said. “Our defense will come along with our consistent offense, I feel.”