The wait begins for playoff-bound Evart

HAPPY ENDING: Evart's Chapman Long fights for extra yardage on Friday. (Herald Review photo/Bob Allan)
HAPPY ENDING: Evart's Chapman Long fights for extra yardage on Friday. (Herald Review photo/Bob Allan)

Wildcats finish regular season 7-2 following 42-7 win over Manton

EVART — The wait now begins. Evart football coach Pat Craven didn’t want his team to look ahead to the playoffs, which begin next week. There would be plenty of time to worry about that after Friday’s win. Instead, Craven wanted his team to put its full attention on Manton. It appeared they did. The Wildcats rolled to an impressive 42-7 victory over the Rangers to improve to 7-2 on the season. Though Craven has tried to get an idea of where his team might be heading, until all the scores come in, he really couldn’t pin point it. “I’ve made connections with Carson City, Saginaw Nouvel, Reese, but we’ll see,” he said. “We are going to play a good football team whoever we get and we have to get better.” It didn’t get much better than it did Friday night. Evart scored 23 points in a three minute span in the first quarter. The Wildcats’ John Danley capped their first possession of the game — a 14-play drive with a 3-yard run with 4:31 remaining in the quarter. Danley then intercepted a pass and returned it for a 22-yard score two plays later for a 14-0 lead. “We really just had to do our job and not get ahead of ourselves,” Danley said. “At first it wasn’t easy forgetting about the playoffs. “The first interception was a play that we were working on in practice all week,” Danley continued about the first of the two picks he would get. “I stepped up and was lucky enough to get my hands on the ball and take it all the way back.” Evart also got a safety when a snap on the punt went out of the end zone. On the ensuing possession, Jacob Fortune found Jacob Hopkins for a 45-yard strike for the 23-0 advantage. “We challenged our kids not to look past Manton,” Craven said. “We tried to put the playoffs out of our mind and I think the kids showed their maturity by doing that.” Evart scored twice in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Rick Miller and a 2-yard run by Fortune just before halftime. Danley then scampered in from 42 yards out on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to end the scoring for the Wildcats. Danley rushed for a team-high 99 yards in the game. Manton would score its only touchdown of the contest on a 4-yard run by Alex Powell with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Larry Van Buren led the Evart defensive effort with 10 tackles, while Brad Albright added seven tackles and a sack. Evart can now start thinking about the playoffs for only the second time in school history. “It’s an awesome feeling,” Danley said. “It’s like everyone says, it’s unbelievable.” The Wildcats will find out their opponent Sunday.
EVART 42, MANTON 7 M 0 0 0 7 — 7 EV 23 13 6 0 — 42 Scoring First quarter
  • E — John Danley 3 run (Larry Van Buren kick), 4:31
  • E — Danley 22 interception return (Van Buren kick), 3:25
  • E — Safety, 1:43
  • E — Jacob Fortune 45 pass to Jacob Hopkins (Van Buren kick), 1:29
Second quarter
  • E — Rick Miller 1 run (Van Buren kick), 7:23
  • E — Fortune 2 run (kick failed), :14
Third quarter
  • E — Danley 42 run (pass failed), 11:36
Fourth quarter
  • M — Alex Powell 4 run (Austin Shivlie kick), :34
Individual Statistics Rushing: Manton 29-58 (Alex Powell 16-80, Johnathan Jenkins 10-(-11), Tristin Rosted 2-(-13), Rob Wilczewski 1-2). Evart 38-246 (Austin Grein 9-55, Derek Bowen 5-23, John Danley 7-99, Jacob Fortune 2-2, Rick Miller 8-25, Jared Pattee 1-4, Jamin Drake 4-18, Thomas Hyde 2-10). Passing: Manton 6-15-2-64 (Jenkins 6-15-2-64). Evart 3-6-0-74 (Fortune 3-6-0-74). Receiving: Manton — Alex Powell 3-29, Keefe Brotherton 2-32, Rosted 1-3). Evart — Hopkins 2-58, Chapman Long 1-16.