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Knights' defense keeps Musketeers out of end zone

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With the game on the line late, Evans defensive tackle Kyle Henderson and his teammates knew who was going to get the ball.



TEAM PAGE: Evans Knights

It was just a matter of stopping Richmond Academy quarterback Drek Reid.

Evans twice held Reid at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, and the Knights rode their big-play defense to a season-opening 9-5 win over the Musketeers at Frank Inman Field.

Richmond Academy is kicking itself after its offense scored just three points in four red-zone trips. The Musketeers, who had a touchdown called back because of holding, failed to punch it in twice inside the 10.

Reid led Richmond Academy's rushing attack with 126 yards on 33 carries; he also went 5 for 16 passing for 66 yards with an interception.

With the Musketeers having three shots to take the lead from the Evans 2 with less than six minutes remaining, Reid managed just one yard.

On second down, he scrambled left and stretched for the goal line, coming up short. On third down from the 1, Reid failed to score off left guard. Then on fourth down, the Knights sniffed out the play, stuffing Reid's rushing attempt up the middle.

"We already kind of guessed who was going to get it," Henderson said. "We just kind of keyed in on him."

Evans' offense generated just 166 total yards and eight first downs. The Knights scored on one of their two red zone trips. Will Scott's 5-yard scoring run in the first half was the difference.

"It wasn't pretty," Evans coach Marty Jackson said. "But there's nothing wrong with an ugly win."

The game featured two safeties and a slew of penalties on each side. The Knights grabbed the early momentum when defensive end Brandon Adams tackled Richmond Academy's Don Quarles for an 8-yard loss in the end zone.

After the safety, Scott returned the kickoff 30 yards. Then, Michael Gaines hauled in a 36-yard reception from Glenn Cassedy. Three plays later, Scott punched it in to give Evans a 9-0 lead.

Richmond Academy responded late in the first half with a 22-yard Joseph Ardrey field goal.

In the shadow of its own end zone late in the game, Evans intentionally snapped the ball out of the end zone for a safety.

"With our offensive power, we know we should've won," Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes said. "But give Marty and Evans all the credit. They outplayed us."

Evans 9, Richmond Acad. 5

PLAY OF THE GAME: With 4:10 to go, Evans' defensive line stuffed Drek Reid 's fourth-down sneak from the 1-yard line.

STAR OF THE GAME: Evans' Brandon Adams , who recorded a first-half safety that gave the Knights a lead they never lost.

Why EvANS won: The Knights held the Musketeers to just three points in four red-zone trips.

WHY RICHMOND ACADEMY LOST: The Musketeers looked too one-dimensional at times, with Reid accounting for 45 of 57 plays.

Next: Grovetown at Evans, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Richmond Academy at Greenbrier, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/28/10 - 06:22 am
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Very classy, Coach Hughes.

Very classy, Coach Hughes. It was a tough, tough game. As a ARC alum, I was proud of the way Richmond played and I know that y'all WILL have many wins in the future. As a parent of an Evans student, I'm just glad we got out of their with a win! Like Coach Jackson said, it was an "ugly win", but Evans has some bright spots to focus on also. Glad the season's underway!

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CCSports 08/28/10 - 09:04 am
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If you are a fan of the new

If you are a fan of the new era wide open spread offenses then this was not a pretty game to watch. I was disappointed that Evans never changed their defensive strategy and rarely put pressure on Reid, rushing only 3 defenders most of the game. Early on Reid ran wild. After injuring his ankle he seemed to stay in the pocket more. Going 5 for 16 means the Evans DB's/LB's provided great coverage. Tough to say it about the first game of the year but that 4th quarter goal line stance could have been a season breaker. Losing at the end of a game after leading from the beginning is a huge morale killer. Best play call of the game? The decision to intentionally take a safety with 2:33 left in the game. Instead of punting with no room and probably giving ARC the ball back inside the 35, taking the safety meant ARC still have to score a TD and allowed Evans to 'free' kick from the 20. ARC started on their own 38 having to go 60 yards to win. As an old defensive coach I loved this game. Very nice win over a quality opponent.

Chris Gay
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Chris Gay 08/28/10 - 03:37 pm
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Reid didn't injure his ankle.

Reid didn't injure his ankle. He suffered a leg cramp late in the first half. He'll be fine.

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CocknFire23 08/28/10 - 05:27 pm
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North Augusta is going to

North Augusta is going to beat the brakes off Evans. Ive been waiting for a long time for Evans to schedule one of the "across the river" teams, and this year it happens. Cant wait for that game and is probably the game im looking most foward to just so i can watch all the big headed Evans fans cry after they get beat down.

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clay73 08/28/10 - 06:36 pm
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Football is a "TEAM" sport,

Football is a "TEAM" sport, even if you had the best player in the country he could not defeat 11 defenders on his own. With Evans keying on Reid and the ARC coaches playing right into there hands, it's no wonder Evans won. The ARC coaches should take half the blame for trying to win with only one player instead of 11. Reid is good but 11 defenders are always better.

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Just My Opinion 08/28/10 - 07:11 pm
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CocknFire...I've got one

CocknFire...I've got one thing to say to you.....Butler 42, Westside 0! There was a perfect example of a team (Westside) who probably didn't give their opponent much of a chance, given Butler's 41 game losing streak, and another team (Butler) who didn't believe all the bad press and predictions they've been hearing about themselves. North Augusta may beat Evans, but they still have to play the game, don't they? I will admit to this: North Augusta's team is on the upswing on talent and Evan's has had it's problems. Still have to play it though.

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