EVART -\u2014 Evart may be short on numbers this football season, but the Wildcats seemed to get better as the game got longer in Thursday night\u2019s 25-3 victory over White Cloud. It was the season opener for both teams. Sophomore quarterback Trevin Ladd, making his debut on a team with only 17 players, threw two touchdown passes and passed for 130 yards while the running attack garnered 130 yards also, led by Dillon Danley with 54. \u201cI thought our kids, with the first varsity game for a lot of them, played hard,\u201d Evart coach Pat Craven said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a lot of areas to improve, but we\u2019re happy to come out with a victory.\u201d Despite not scoring a touchdown on offense, Evart had a 6-3 halftime lead. White Cloud was able to move the ball better than Evart early in the game and a bad snap over Ladd\u2019s head in the first quarter gave the visitors the ball at the Wildcat nine. But the Evart defense held. The offense couldn\u2019t get first downs until the second quarter. Bad snaps stated hurting White Cloud and put the Indians at their own three late in the half. Andrew Maxwell\u2019s hit on Indian quarterback Tito Rodriguez jarred the ball loose in the end zone and Dillon Danley recovered for the 6-0 lead. The extra point try failed. \u201cI was sent on a blitz and their center went the opposite way,\u201d Maxwell said. \u201cI went in the hole he made and I got to the quarterback before he made the handoff. I hit the ball.\u201d \u201cThat gave our kids a little bit of confidence that \u2018Here we are, we can do this,\u2019\u201d Craven said. \u201cSometimes with a young team, their eyes get huge and they let the game get bigger than it is. But that play helped them settle down and calmed some nerves.\u201d White Cloud marched down the field, ignited on Allen Asuncion\u2019s 34-yard run on the counter. It set up Bob Watson\u2019s 28-yard field goal with 5.5 seconds left in the half. The Wildcats put together a solid scoring drive in the third quarter and scored on Ladd\u2019s 18-yard pass to Danny Griffin who fell to the ground as he let go of the ball, but then recovered to catch it while on his back. The Wildcats put it away with two scores in the fourth. Danley\u2019s 20-yard punt return set up a 1-yard scoring run by Cody Prichard. Ladd passed 16 yards to Nolan VanOrder midway in the fourth quarter for another touchdown. \u201cI thought we were in better shape (Thursday) and it helped us,\u201d Craven said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been working hard on that in practice.\u201d Evart\u2019s defense held White Cloud to 111 yards rushing and none passing. His younger players like Griffin and Ladd made some big plays, \u201cbut they\u2019re going to have to,\u201d Craven said. \u201cWe\u2019re not here to make excuses that we\u2019re young. We\u2019re here to have our young kids help our seniors have an outstanding year. We\u2019ll rely on them to grow fast and learn quickly.\u201d Evart has another non-league game Sept. 5 at Harrison.