Evans beats Greenbrier with help from late burst

Evans 38, Greenbrier 9

Greenbrier finally found points, but Evans was just getting started.


Though the Wolfpack scored for the first time since the season-opening contest on Aug. 23, the Knights made interceptions and got long runs from Ronnie Graham late to pull away, 38-9, Friday night.

“We played tough,” Evans coach Marty Jackson said. “We played really hard and physical.”

The Knights (3-2 overall, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) led just 17-9 in the third quarter but then went on to score the final 21 points.

On defense, Carlos Dorsey was the difference, getting two interceptions off tips on consecutive possessions. That gave Graham and the Evans offense plenty of chances to score, and the Knights did.

Graham often went to the left side to find room, using his speed and power to get 120 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Matlin Marshall and Joacinto Grimes added depth, with those two combining for more than 100 yards.

The strong finish came after Greenbrier avoided getting shut out for the fourth game in a row. The Wolfpack hadn’t scored a point since a 25-14 loss to Cross Creek on Aug. 23.

On Friday, running back Jamal Richard had 69 rushing yards, but the Wolfpack (0-5, 0-2) didn’t end the scoring drought until an Evans interception when it was 17-0.

The Knights picked off Allen Walls in the end zone, but then tried to advance the ball. In doing so, Evans went backward after leaving the end zone and wound up getting tackled for a safety.

Walls kept the Wolfpack momentum going less than a minute later, getting a touchdown pass to make it 17-9 with 2:58 to play in the third quarter.

Though teams would exchange turnovers later, Evans had a monopoly on the huge gains after the Greenbrier touchdown.

It was the same way earlier as Marshall had 190 passing yards and 60 rushing yards.

Though he threw an interception, Marshall did have two lengthy touchdown passes, with the first helping Evans to a 10-0 lead at the half.

Not even the quick nine-point Greenbrier stretch in the second half started a successful comeback.

“Greenbrier is a scrappy team,” Jackson said. “They played their tails off.”


PLAY OF THE GAME: After making an interception on the previous defensive series, Evans’ Carlos Dorsey got another pick, again on a tipped ball. It would be 31-9 Evans moments later.

STAR OF THE GAME: Knights running back Ronnie Graham rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

WHY EVANS WON: The Knights’ defense intercepted three passes and the run game was hard to stop.

WHY GREENBRIER LOST: The Wolfpack struggled to move the ball.

NEXT: Evans at Jones County, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Greenbrier at Warner Robins, 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:27