Beal City edges Evart 20-14

Evart quarterback Carter Pritchard (12) gets ready to throw to a receiver. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BEAL CITY —Beal City got the plays it needed in overtime in posting a Highland Conference victory on Friday over Evart.

Kollin Sharrer’s 1-yard run in overtime was the winning score in Beal City’s (4-2, 3-1) 20-14 victory over the Wildcats (3-3, 2-2).

The game ended 14-14 after regulation. Evart had the ball first in the overtime, but Carter Pritchard’s pass on the second play was intercepted. Sharrer scored on the Aggies’ third play in overtime.

“We just wanted to put ourselves in the position to win,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “I thought we did that. We came up one play short.”

Lucas Schumacher tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Schafer in the first quarter for a 7-0 Aggie lead.

The Wildcats took advantage of two Beal City fumbles to stay close and tied it 7-7 in the second quarter on Billy Conklin’s 1-yard run. The Evart drive was set up on Kyle Stokes’ 46-yard run. But later in the quarter, Colby Berryhill’s 9-yard scoring run put Beal City ahead 14-7.

Another Aggie touchdown late in the first half was nullified on a penalty.

The Wildcats scored the only points of the second half in the third quarter on Kyle Stokes’ 45-yard run.

Late in the fourth, Conklin returned a fumble 60 yards for an apparent Evart touchdown, but the Wildcats were penalized for a block in the back.

“I didn’t see it happen,” Craven said. “I don’t know what it was. I’ll assume we made a mistake there.”

Foreign exchange student Alexander Carnerio tried a 42-yard field goal for Evart on the last play of regulation. But the kick was a few feet short.

Evart had 276 yards rushing with 128 from Stokes and 96 from Conklin. Pritchard passed for 44 yards.

“Our kids played with heart,” Beal City coach Brad Gross said. “We’ve had a bunch of guys go down and injuries all over the place. We got a huge win. You’ll take them how you can get them. Both teams would like to have some things back. You play to the end and hopefully it goes your way.”

Evart has its Homecoming on Friday against Lake City.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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