Evart hopes to stay unbeaten

Morley StanwoodAssistant coach Jamey Nelson talks to his players.

BIG RAPIDS — It’s week three of high school football with one local team, Evart, hoping to extend its record to 3-0.

Four others — Big Rapids, Crossroads, Chippewa Hills and Morley Stanwood — all 0-2, will look for their first win.

Baldwin, Reed City and Pine River hope to make their 11 records and edge past the .500 mark.

All games are Friday evening.

CSAA

The Central State Activities Association Gold Division features three local teams with Big Rapids at Fremont, Reed City at Grant and Chippewa Hills at Tri County. It’s the second week of CSAA Gold play with Reed City at 1-0 and the other two teams at 0-2.

Fremont, Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said, “has a strong run game and good size up front. (We need) to play a good game with few mistakes and everyone doing their job. We must stop the run. Our emphasis has been to focus on the details of our assignments. Though Fremont is 0-2 they played Reed City and Ludington, both playoff teams from last season.”

Grant lost 26-20 to Central Montcalm last week.

“Grant is a very solid team with a physical presence,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “They mix up the run and pass very well. We need to win the line of scrimmage, be more physical than Grant, and create turnovers. We need to continue to rise the level of effort each week.”

Tri County is coming off a 24-22 win over Big Rapids.

“Tri County has a dual threat quarterback who can beat you on the ground or through the air,” Bucks coach AJ Webley said. “It will take a disciplined defense to keep up with their receivers. The offense must put up the points to keep the team in the fight.

We put a major focus on individual skills, and being a single minded team. We look forward to getting our first win. I look forward to seeing a much improved defensive line.”

Morley Stanwood plays in a CSAA Silver Division game at Lakeview. Both teams are 0-2.

“Lakeview and Morley Stanwood know each other well,” Mohawk coach Clark Huntey said. “This game has became a rivalry game since we’ve joined together in the same league. Since we’ve joined the CSAA together we have had some very close games with each other. I expect Friday’s game to be the same.

“We need to get off the field on defense, not allow big plays or for them to move the ball down the field on us. Offensively we need to value the ball and not have any turnovers or penalties, and put points on the board when the opportunity arises. It’s just as important of a game in the league standings. I’ve told our kids to win a league championship you can’t lose a game in the league. Emotions will be running high for this game.”

Highland Conference

Evart puts its 2-0 record on the line at home against Manton.

“Manton is an extremely dangerous team with three explosive athletes,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “They have the ability to score quickly and in bunches. We will need to limit their ability to have explosive plays. It will be important that we pursue properly and tackle well, as well as remaining disciplined in our secondary assignments. We are working to improve in every facet of our game, especially the finer details. We need to continue to work to lock in mentally and reduce mistakes so we can put more points on the board.”

Pine River (1-1) is home against Roscommon.

“Their tailback carries the ball a lot and is a strong runner,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “They are big at the line of scrimmage and their left tackle is listed at 6-foot-7 inches, 287 pounds. We really struggled with responsibilities last week. Our focus has been on cleaning up our game so that all 11 guys on the field know their job and have the ability to execute it. If we get back to that I think it will be a good football game.”

West Michigan D League

In 8-player action, Crossroads (0-2) is at Webberville and Baldwin (1-1) at Mesick.

“We have not traded film as of yet so I don’t know much about our opponent,” Crossroads coach Rusty Fullerton said. “We are just focusing on how we can make us better at this time. We can only expect improvement from week to week.”

 

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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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