Craven knows slowing Marion will be major key for defense

EVART — Evart football coach Pat Craven offered two keys for his team’s contest with Lake City on Friday night — both with the same theme.

The Wildcats travel to Lake City for the Division 7 district final. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Craven knows how dangerous the Trojans can be on the offensive side of the football. Lake City quarterback Drew Marion has accounted for 43 touchdowns in the regular season — 22 passing and 21 rushing.

“Offensively, we have to chew up the clock (to keep the ball out of Marion’s hands) and score touchdowns,” Craven said. “Defensively, we have to contain their quarterback. It’s that simple, but not easily done.”

Marion accounts for between 80 and 90 percent of the Trojans offense, Craven said. That is why the defense has to be solid in wanting to shutdown the Lake City offense.

“We have to be disciplined and execute our game plan (defensively),” Craven said. “We also have to make tackles in space. The first time we played, we were in the right spot, but he won those individual battles in the open field.”

The two teams met earlier this season with Lake City taking a 32-21 victory. In that game, Evart led 21-7 at halftime, but four second-half turnovers turned the game in the Trojans’ favor.

Though Craven said both teams are not the same team when they met in week 7, there are some things the Wildcats can take out of that contest.

“We have to take care of the football,” he said. “If we did that (the first time), we would probably win the game.”

What Craven hopes is the team is not satisfied with where it is at. Evart’s 16-12 victory over Carson City was the first postseason win in school history.

Craven wants his team to understand that the season can last past Friday.

“It was important to win that game, but we can’t focus on that,” he said. “We can look aback after the season is over. We shouldn’t be happy right now.”