Evarts advances to conference championship
by John Middleton Sports Editor
After capturing the county fifth- and sixth-grade football championship in 2012, the Evarts Wildcats now have their sights set on another title this season. Evarts continued its postseason success Tuesday with a 14-0 victory over visiting Stinnett in the semifinals of the Mid-Mountain Conference playoffs.
“We have talked about (playing at Union College) all week, and they are really looking forward to it,” said Evarts coach Perry Steele. “These boys have worked hard and deserve it.”
The Wildcats opened the scoring on their second possession of the game. Nick Helton broke free for a 23-yard run to the Stinnett 13 to put Evarts in scoring position. The run set up a 6-yard touchdown run from Kobe Burkhart with 1:17 remaining in the first half. Burhkart also ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
The Wildcats took control with another score in the second half. This time Jordan Howard scored from 65-yards out in the third quarter to put the Cats up 14-0.
Evarts moved the ball into the red zone on each of its possessions. The Cats’ opening drive ended with a fumble inside the Stinnett 20. Christian Boggs later broke free on a big run, but was tackled just 6-yards shy of the end zone as time expired in the first half. A 17-yard run from Dylan Burkhart moved the ball to the Blue Jay’s 14 late in the contest, but the Wildcats closed the game out by taking knee.
“I thought the line did a good job and the back ran hard. They have all worked hard, and I am proud of them,” said Steele.
The Evarts defense turned in a dominant performance in the win. Thursday’s shutout was the fifth time the Wildcats have limited their opponent to one score or fewer this season.
“They stepped up and tackled tonight, and we got a good push up front. I am tickled with the way the defense played,” Steele said.
Evarts (7-2) will face Mountain View in the conference championship Saturday at Union College. The Wildcats defeated Mountain View 24-0 early in the regular season.
“We played them once during the season, but they are starting to play really good ball. We have to play a good game Saturday,” Steele said.
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