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Knights, Turner don't need any late heroics

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When Evans began the season with 10 new faces on offense, senior running back Jamerson Turner, the lone returner, admitted he was concerned.

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Evans' Clifford Saggus breaks up a pass intended for Glenn Hills' Desmond Smith in Friday's game at Evans.   Corey Perrine/Staff
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Evans' Clifford Saggus breaks up a pass intended for Glenn Hills' Desmond Smith in Friday's game at Evans.

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But after the Knights followed two close victories with a blowout win over Glenn Hills on Friday, Turner's outlook has changed.

"I feel pretty comfortable with the team now," he said.

Turner rushed for four touchdowns and Evans remained unbeaten with a 49-13 win over the Spartans.

The Knights (3-0) entered with a pair of team-bonding wins, fending off Richmond Academy's offense in the fourth quarter of the season opener, then posting a comeback win at Grovetown in the waning moments.

This time, Evans needed no late magic.

Glenn Hills (0-2) stifled its chances early and often with five turnovers and 12 penalties. Two first-half turnovers led to 14 points for Evans, allowing the Knights to take a 35-13 halftime lead.

After the game, Glenn Hills coach Andrew Young told his group of 40 players to remain optimistic and that the team is improving. Young has been leading the program for only three months, and the squad still has eight games left in the season to perfect the new offensive and defensive schemes he brought with him.

"I've asked a lot from them," he said. "We've just got to get tougher mentally and get more focused."

Evans, which didn't commit a turnover, scored on its first six possessions.

On 10 carries, Turner rushed for 123 of the team's 191 yards. Quarterback Glenn Cassedy completed 7 of 8 passes for 110 yards.

Glenn Hills quarterback Kendrick Armstrong rushed for 121 yards.

Evans 49, Glenn Hills 13

PLAY OF THE GAME: After Evans scored late in the second quarter to take a two-touchdown lead, Knights defender Jabari Nelson stripped returner Hakeem Tribble at the 35 and went into the end zone untouched.

STAR OF THE GAME: Evans running back Jamerson Turner rushed 10 times for 123 yards and scored four touchdowns.

WHY EVANS WON: The Knights' offense did not commit a turnover.

WHY GLENN HILLS LOST: Twelve penalties and five turnovers are a lethal combination.

WHAT'S NEXT: Evans is off; Glenn Hills at Westside, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

EVANS 49, GLENN HILLS 13

Glenn Hills 0 13 0 0 -- 13

Evans 14 21 14 0 -- 49

First Quarter

EV--Will Scott 25 run (Jamie Galvin kick), 7:46

EV--Jamerson Turner 1 run (Galvin kick), 3:11

Second Quarter

GH--Kendrick Armstrong 18 run (Desmond Smith kick), 11:22

EV--Glenn Cassedy 1 run (Galvin kick), 6:03

EV--Jabari Nelson 35 fumble return (Galvin kick), 5:50

GH--Eric Leverett 58 pass from Armstrong (run failed), 3:12

EV--Turner 44 run (Galvin kick), 2:35

Third Quarter

EV--Turner 1 run (Galvin kick), 10:03

EV--Turner 8 run (Galvin kick), 2:13

GHE
First Downs1213
Rushes-Yards25-17229-191
Passing Yards123110
Comp.-Att.-Int.7-16-27-8-0
Fumbles-Lost5-30-0
Punts-Yards1-351-38
Penalties-Yards12-1258-57

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-- Glenn Hills: Kendrick Armstrong 16-121, Davonte McCloud 8-51, Webster Thacker 1-0. Evans: Jamerson Turner 10-123, Will Scott 9-45, Glenn Cassedy 5-18, Jay Grimes 3-5, Francisco Perez 2-0.

PASSING--Glenn Hills: Kendrick Armstrong 7-16-2 123. Evans: Glenn Cassedy 7-8-0 110.

RECEIVING--Glenn Hills: Eric Leverett 2-62, Corey Johnson 2-32, McCloud 2-13, Thacker 1-16. Evans: Blake Ward 4-54, Trevor Foreman 2-44, Bradley Spires 1-12.

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smAShT
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smAShT 09/11/10 - 08:54 am
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I'm a native of Evans and I

I'm a native of Evans and I have always supported the Knights but there are a few things that I saw friday night that bothered me...First, how is a team capitan allowed to go out for the coin toss with his uniform tucked up under his shoulder pads? This young man represents his school and that uniform...his uniform should look fit not all tucked under his pads. It is about the same as a executive going to a board meeting with his tie thrown over his shoulder. This has gone on three games in a row and I was hoping Coach Jackson would correct this by now.
Another disturbing issue I saw friday night is how the Evans coaching staff could allow a young man who jumps from high school to high school in columbia county (he played for three) to be allowed to be highlighted in the offense while other young men that commited themselves to EVANS football for four years stand on the sideline. Shame on the coaches who preach team but really they are just blowing smoke.

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boojae 09/11/10 - 09:09 am
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Augusta Chronicle needs make

Augusta Chronicle needs make a correction on the stats..Jamerson Turner did not score 4 touchdowns, he scored 3. Will Scott scored 2 touchdown one in 1st qtr and 3rd qtr.

CCSports
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CCSports 09/11/10 - 02:24 pm
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@smAShT ~ I really dont

@smAShT ~ I really dont understand how the way a player wears his uniform is relevant to playing ball. That young man was chosen as a captain for a reason. He works and plays hard. The way he wears his jersey is within the rules. Although I never wore my jersey that way when I played I have no issue with kids who do. How is it disturbing that a kid moves? Last year was due to re-zoning and a new school opening. How is this player highlighted? The offense plays close to 20 players each game and features the RB's. The player you are referring to rotates in every other play. How many players have caught passes in the 3 games? 8? I may not agree with all of the coaches decisions but you are not supporting Evans by lambasting the kids. Maybe you need to consider supporting another school. @Boojae - you are correct. Turner scored 3 times, Scott scored 2 times, Cassedy and Nelson scored once each. To the TEAM ~ lets work on the pass defense. We have two weeks to get ready for North Augusta. With or without Loranzo Hammond they have thrown for over 800 yards in 3 games.

gusab
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gusab 09/12/10 - 08:42 am
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:)

:)

smAShT
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smAShT 09/12/10 - 12:02 pm
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CCSports...Im not lambasting

CCSports...Im not lambasting the kids...its the coaches...it the kid reps the school when he walk out there before the game...his uniform should be wore right...and the coach should correct that.

Darrin
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Darrin 09/13/10 - 08:19 pm
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North Augusta is going to

North Augusta is going to beat the breaks off of Evans.....You will see.....

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