Miscues cost Evans in loss to Warner Robins

Warner Robins 27, Evans 14



Two Evans fumbles helped turn the tide for Warner Robins, as the Demons spoiled the Knights’ homecoming with a 27-14 win Friday night.

The Knights, facing a tough challenge against the No. 7 team in Class AAAAA, let chances to take control of the game slip through their fingers and it cost them.

Evans quarterback Matlin Marshall fumbled at midfield with 4:14 left in the first half with the Knights up 7-0. The Demons (4-0, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAA) turned that into a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the half.

A string of events swung things in Warner Robins’ favor for good in the third quarter. After the Demons kicked a  field goal to make it 10-7, the Knights drove to the Demons’ 1. Evans couldn’t punch it in, however, with Tyler Spence getting stuffed on fourth down inside the 1.

The Knights’ defense was stout and forced a punt, but they muffed the punt and Warner Robins recovered at Evans’ 48. Six plays later, quarterback Caden Johnston ran it in from 5 yards out to push the lead to 17-7 with 11:54 left in the game.

“That was the difference in the ball game, the fumbled punt, that’s the turning point,” Warner Robins coach Bryan Way said. “They did a good job. Evans has got a good football team.”

The Knights scored a late touchdown to make it 24-14 but couldn’t recover the onsides kick.

They stopped Warner Robins in the first half until the late score. On the Demons’ first drive, Evans’ Sean Vandiver intercepted a pass in the end zone.

Marshall completed 16 of 28 passes for 193 yards.

Evans coach Marty Jackson liked the way his team fought until the end.

“The defense played really stiff and the offense, we were really close to getting there,” Jackson said.


PLAY OF THE GAME: On fourth-and-goal inside the Demons’ 1, the Knights were stuffed during the third quarter.

STAR OF THE GAME: Warner Robins’ Danny Hite Jr. rushed 16 times for 130 yards.

WHY WARNER ROBINS WON: The Demons were able to turn two Evans fumbles into 14 points.

WHY EVANS LOST: Two critical fumbles derailed their momentum.

NEXT: Evans at Greenbrier, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Warner Robins 27, Evans 14

Warner Robins 0 7 3 17 – 27

Evans 0 7 0 7 – 14

Second Quarter

E–Tyler Spence 7 run (Larry Beauchamp kick), 11:54

WR–Danny Hite III 7 pass from Caden Johnston (Matt Monday kick), :37

Third Quarter

WR–Matt Monday 22 field goal, 8:18

Fourth Quarter

WR–Johnston 5 run (Monday kick), 11:54

WR–Danny Hite Jr. 7 run (Monday kick), 3:57

E–Matlin Marshall 6 run (Beauchamp kick), 3:45

WR–Monday 30 FG, :45

First Downs1514
Passing Yards51193


RUSHING–Warner Robins: Danny Hite Jr. 16-130, Jacquan Burns 18-47, Caden Johnston 6-48, Jonathan Velazquez 1-2, Tyler Cranford 1-2, Reggie Gordon 1-5, Terry Harris 1-1, Jacob Jamerson 1-(-1); Evans: Matlin Marshall 12-48, Stephon Jacobs 6-19, Ronnie Graham 2-6, Tyler Spence 6-18, Malik Vandiver 1-2.

PASSING–Warner Robins: Johnston 6-14-1 51; Evans: Marshall 16-28-0 193.

RECEIVING–Warner Robins:24 Cranford 1-18, Danny Hite, III 3-24, Danny Hite, Jr. 1-6, Conner Shaw 1-3 ; Evans: K’Lon Lovett 6-67, Graham 2-11, Joacinto Grimes 3-88, Chris Klattig 1-10, Jacobs 1-1, Malik Vandiver 3-16.



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