PLAY OF THE GAME: After Grovetown threatened to steal the game’s momentum in the second quarter, Evans responded with a dynamic special teams play. Malik Vandiver took the kickoff on the far left side, ran right, and found a huge hole en route to an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.
STAR OF THE GAME: Evans quarterback Matlin Marshall showed off his dual-threat ability. The junior carried nine times for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while passing for 112 yards and another score.
WHY EVANS WON: Big plays helped buoy the Knights. Evans scored on Vandiver’s kickoff return, a 50-yard touchdown strike from Marshall to Robert Clay, and a 68-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Colin Dominy for the game’s final score.
WHY GROVETOWN LOST: The Warriors had more first downs than the Knights and, at times, moved the ball consistently. However, Grovetown could not do enough against Evans’ defensive front.
QUOTABLE: “We control our destiny. We’ve got Houston County coming next week. It’s a big game. ... I told the guys before the game that this is kind of like Amen Corner for us. We’re in our Sunday round of the Masters right now.” – Evans coach Marty Jackson on the critical stretch of the season for the Knights.
RECORDS: Evans 4-3 (2-2 Region 2-AAAAA); Grovetown 1-6 (0-3 Region 2-AAAAA).
NEXT: Houston County at Evans, Friday; Grovetown at Warner Robins, Friday.