When faced with the choice to go for a two-point conversion and the win in overtime, Evans coach Marty Jackson never had a doubt.
Sophomore quarterback Matlin Marshall made the gamble pay off, bulling past three Greenbrier defenders and just reaching the end zone to give Evans the 22-21 win over its region foe Friday night.
Evans had suffered botched snaps on two field-goal attempts and an extra point, so “at that stage, we were going for two,” Jackson said.
With Evans’ starting quarterback Chandler Shoemaker on the sideline recovering from a concussion, Marshall stepped up and scored two touchdowns, including a 13-yarder in overtime.
“Everyone was telling me I had to go out and make big plays, and I think I did that tonight,” Marshall said.
Evans (2-2, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) never led the Wolfpack (1-4, 0-2) until the final play.
After Evans tied the game at 14-all with 7:10 to play, the Wolfpack gave the ball up on interceptions on their next two possessions.
The Knights’ defense limited the Wolfpack to 182 yards of offense, while the Knights amassed 278 yards. Evans’ defense came away with four interceptions, including two in the first quarter.
With close to five minutes left in the first quarter, Greenbrier blocked a punt at the Evans 20, and running back Jeremy Harden ran in for a score.
With 11:01 to play in the first half, Evans started with the ball at its 4-yard line. The Knights used a 12-play, 6½-minute drive that finished with Jabari Nelson going in from 2 yards out to cut the gap to 7-6.
Greenbrier quarterback Luke Otstot drove the team down the field early in the fourth quarter, and his 4-yard run put the Wolfpack up 14-6. Evans answered with a
1-yard scoring run from marshall and a two-point conversion pass to Jacob Rizner to tie the game.