Jones County cruises past Evans

Jones County 41, Evans 6

By the time someone other than Undre Williams scored Friday night, Jones County was well on its way toward ruining Evans’ homecoming.


The senior wing back scored the game’s first five touchdowns, lifting the Greyhounds to a 41-6 rout of the Knights.

While Williams got the lion’s share of the scoring plays, he wasn’t the only Jones County back who ran up the yardage total. Williams had 216 yards on 13 carries and Walker Juhan had 218 on 14 carries, as the Greyhounds’ triple-option attack amassed 536 rushing yards.

“It feels good, but also you can’t slip and try to be too comfortable,” said Williams, who estimated his season touchdown total at 18. “It just comes from hard work, everybody being dedicated to one another and blocking for one another.”

All night, big plays by the Grey­hounds (4-2, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAA) decimated the Knights (3-3, 1-2).

Williams had touchdown runs of 75 and 72 yards, while Juhan had a 50-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard run to the Evans 1-yard line.

Four first-half scores from Williams put the halftime lead at 27-0. He scored again less than three minutes into the second half.

In the first quarter, Evans appeared to tie the game at 7-7 when Jacob Rizner caught a Chandler Shoemaker pass in the end zone. However, the touchdown was nullified by a penalty.

It would be a sign of things to come for the Knights, who perpetually found themselves in second-and-long and third-and-long situations because of penalties.

Down 41-0 and facing a running clock, Evans turned to sophomore Matlin Marshall at quarterback. Still, the Knights had trouble moving the ball.

They did, however, get on the board early in the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of big plays from Jabari Nelson.

The senior returned a rare Jones County punt 45 yards to the Greyhounds’ 3-yard line. On the next play, he took the direct snap and punched in the Knights’ lone score.

Another bright spot for the Knights came from Rizner in the punting game.

As he has done all season, the senior turned field position several times.

He averaged more than 46 yards on his four punts while pinning the opponent at the 1-, 4- and 10-yard lines on three of them.

“We didn’t play well,” Evans head coach Marty Jackson said. “We just didn’t get it done in any aspect of the game, except maybe punting.

“… But they had very good backs and a very good scheme,” he added. “They’re a very well-coached team.”


PLAY OF THE GAME: Undre Williams twice scored on runs of more than 70 yards. He put Jones County up by two scores with a 75-yarder late in the first quarter, then made it a four-score lead with a 72-yarder in the second quarter.

STAR OF THE GAME: Williams had five touchdowns while running for 216 yards. Walker Juhan had 218 rushing yards.

WHY JONES COUNTY WON: The Greyhounds lived up to their name, running up and down the field at will. They averaged more than 10 yards a carry and totaled 536 yards on the ground.

WHY EVANS LOST: The Knights were constantly in second-and-long and third-and-long and couldn’t find a way out of it.

NEXT: Evans at Grovetown, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Jones County vs. Northside-Warner Robins, Friday.

Jones County 41, Evans 6

Jones Co. 14 13 14 0 – 41

Evans 0 0 0 6 – 6

First Quarter

JC–Undre Williams 3 run (Wade Carr kick), 7:57

JC–Williams 75 run (Carr kick), 1:11

Second Quarter

JC–Williams 1 run (Carr kick), 9:12

JC–Williams 72 run (kick failed), 6:28

Third Quarter

JC–Williams 20 run (Carr kick), 9:34

JC–Walker Juhan 50 run (Carr kick), 3:29

Fourth Quarter

E–Jabari Nelson 3 run (kick blocked), 10:05

First Downs189
Passing Yards1588


RUSHING–Jones County: Williams 13-216, Juhan 14-218, Jo Jo Gibbons 6-34, Alex Knight 2-14, Lee Hill 1-MINUS 2, Reggie Lewis 7-35, Lonnie Anderson 5-27, Aaron Shaheen 1-MINUS 5, Walter Reeves 1-MINUS 1. Evans: Ronnie Graham 11-69, Tyler Spence 1-2, Stephon Jacobs 2-2, Chandler Shoemaker 6-MINUS 16, Matlin Marshall 6-MINUS 3, Nelson 4-32.

PASSING–Jones County: Knight 1-3-0 15. Evans: Shoemaker 5-14-1 84, Marshall 1-3-0 4.

RECEIVING–Jones County: Juhan 1-15. Evans: Marshall 1-12, Jacob Rizner 1-17, Jalen Saunders 2-11, Nelson 1-32, Joacinto Grimes 1-16.



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