Baldwin will attempt to spoil Evart’s playoff bid

HOLTON — Evart (5-3) came to within one win of automatically qualifying for the playoffs with Friday’s 40-6 nonleague victory over Holton.

But Friday night, Baldwin travels to Evart for the regular season finale. The Panthers lost to Evart last season and will be seeking revenge.

At 1-7, Baldwin cannot make the playoffs.

For Evart against Holton, Cody Pritchard had a 61-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Trevin Ladd had a 23-yard pass reception from Carter Pritchard for a 14-0 lead.

Danny Griffin followed with a 10-yard TD run and added a 4-yard scamper. Billy Conklin had an 11-yard run. Layne Nadig returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown.

“Our offensive line did a nice job in creating running lanes for our running backs,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “They ran hard. We rushed for 352 yards on the ground. We were able to really dominate at the line of scrimmage which is what we thought we needed to do.”

Cody Pritchard had 17 rushes for 194 yards and one touchdown. Danny Griffin had 12 rushes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Carter Pritchard was 5-of-8 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown. Trevin Ladd had two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

“It was really exciting to see Layne score on that punt return,” Caven said. “It’s been close a couple of times this year and he finally popped one.”

It was Evart’s first special teams’ return touchdown of the season.

Caleb Parrish had three tackles and an interception. Karsten Allen had seven tackles. Josh Dorn had six tackles and a sack. Nadig had a sack.

“Our defense played quite well and fast,” Craven said. “We were pleased with that effort as well.”

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“We need to take care of business this week and see where it leads us to,” Craven said.