Five days after their comeback attempt against visiting Harlan fell short, the Evarts Wildcats made sure they would need no late heroics in a 32-0 victory Thursday over Mountain View.
“We talked to the kids before the game about how hard they’ve fought, but they have hurt themselves by getting off to slow starts,” Evarts coach Needham Saylor said. “I thought tonight they came out ready to play and put four good quarters together. I was pleased with how they played.”
Mountain View gave the Wildcats a few problems early as seventh-grade quarterback Derrick Baker completed passes for first downs to Tyler Hoskins and Tyler Smith, but the Evarts defense soon took control.
Evarts needed only two plays to reach the end zone. Hobert Cornett turned a broken play into six points as he reversed course in the backfield, then found running room down the visiting sideline for a 49-yard touchdown run with 5:08 left in the first quarter. Cornett also added the two-point conversion.
The Evarts defense put up six points late in the period when James Chasteen stepped in front of a Baker pass at midfield and took it back 50 yards for a touchdown. Cornett’s two-point conversion gave the Cats a 16-0 lead with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
Thomas Potter had a pair of sacks for Evarts in the first quarter as the defense slowly took control.
Cornett scored again with 5:20 left in the second period with a 39-yard burst up the middle. Dawson Caudill’s two-point conversion closed the scoring in the first half.
Potter had a 20-yard run on the Wildcats’ first drive of the second half, setting up a 25-yard touchdown run by Trenton Smith. Potter added the two-point conversion.
Evan Aslinger ended a Mountain View drive in the third quarter with his fumble recovery. Smith caused a fumble on the final play of the game after a long completion by the Bears, then came up with the loose ball to end the game.
Evarts returns to action Thursday at Cumberland.
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Mountain View won a 34-28 shootout in the fifth- and sixth-grade game as quarterback Zach Parker teamed with Alex Farler for an 18-yard touchdown play with 17.5 seconds left, just after Evarts had fumbled deep in its own territory with the score tied at 28.
The loss spoiled a big performance by Evarts running back Kobe Burkhart, who ran for four touchdowns.
Trent Asher gave the Bears an early lead with a 52-yard touchdown run. Burkhart made the stop on the two-point conversion attempt.
Burkhart went 32 yards up the middle for a touchdown to tie the game with 3:11 left in the first quarter. Nick Hunting added the two-point conversion.
Parker raced 51 yards around left end for a touchdown, then threw to Farler for the two-point conversion as Mountain View went up 14-8.
Burkhart pulled the Cats even in the closing seconds of the opening period.
Parker teamed with Farler for a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Connor Hollins added the two-point conversion.
Asher went 48 yards for a touchdown with 5:38 left in the third quarter as the Bears’ lead grew to 28-14.
Burkhart’s 12-yard run cut the deficit to eight in the closing seconds of the third period.
A 3-yard TD run by Burkhart and his two-point conversion tied the game with 2:01 left.