Evarts captures conference championship
by John Middleton Sports Editor
The Evarts Wildcats closed another season with a championship Saturday as they claimed the Mountain Middle School Athletic Conference title in their first season in the league. Evarts capped an unbeaten conference schedule with a 20-6 victory over Mountain View in the conference championship at Union College.
“This is a fine bunch of boys. They work hard in practice. I am tickled to death with them. They played real good today,”
said Evarts coach Perry Steele.
Evarts (8-2) opened the scoring on its first possession of the game. The Wildcats took over at their own 33 with 4:08 left in the first after a defensive stand. Just plays later the Cats used a bit of trickery to reach the end zone. Running back Dylan Burkhart took a pitch and then delivered a pass to receiver Nick Helton for a 62-yard touchdown. Jordan Howard ran in the two-point conversion as Evarts led 8-0 with 2:47 left in the opening period.
“Dylan stepped up and threw the ball real good. He made a good pass and Nick had a nice catch and run,” Steele said.
The defense took over from that point to maintain the lead at the half.
The Wildcats began to take control with another score. Kobe Burkhart set Evarts up in scoring position with a 25-yard run down to the Mountain View 22. Jordan Steele carried the ball three of the next four plays, including an 8-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with 5:54 left in the contest.
Mountain View (9-3) got on the scoreboard on the ensuing possession. Derrick Baker reversed across the field and raced 60-yards for the score to close the gap to 14-6.
Evarts put the game out of reach with another score on the ensuing drive. Kobe Burkhart and Dylan Burkhart each recorded runs over 10-yards to move the ball to the Mountain View 21. Howard finished off the drive with a touchdown run. The two-point run failed and Evarts led 20-6 with 1:58 remaining.
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