Wildcat seniors anxious to start another season

EVART -- John Danley can’t wait for the Evart football season to start. It could be the beginning of something special.

The 6-0, 170-pound Danley will be at running back and cornerback for the Wildcats. It’s his third season on the varsity squad.

“I was very happy with the season last year,” Danley said, “It went well. There were a few plays we couldn’t crack down on to keep us going. But I feel very pleased with how everyone was.”

Danley started both ways last season and also saw action on special teams.

For this year, “I knew it was a big test ahead so I prepared massively. I was in the weight room as much as I could be and I was doing everything I could during practice.

“I’m improved but I also gave it my all last year.”

Offensively, “I see my holes when they’re there,” Danley said. “I can reroute anytime I want.”

Evart kicks off the season Aug. 24 at home against Suttons Bay.

“This year, the team is going to be pretty good,” Danley said. “I’m looking forward to a great season. Everyone is coming in and giving it their all and not backing down. We can’t make any mistakes but have to be focused mentally and physically.”

Beal City and McBain are expected to be among the toughest league teams this season.

Another key senior for Evart is Devon VanOrder, a 6-3, 225-pound senior at offensive tackle and defensive end. It’s also his third varsity season.

He started on offense last year and will be a starter on defense this year.

“We barely missed playoffs (last year) so that was a disappointment,” VanOrder said. “But the fact we got to make a run for it, I was proud of.”

VanOrder is looking to have his best season.

“I’ve been working a lot on technique and doing all the small things right,” he said. “We have a new good group to complement our seniors. We’ll definitely be one of the strong lines in the conference. I have speed on most linemen. That gives me the advantage to transfer to everything else. My best attribute on defense is reading the offense and the guy across from me.

“I have high hopes. I think we have a lot of potential to be a conference contender. I base that on our senior class’ work ethic and leadership and being able to lead the team and get them all on the same page.”