Thanks to Evans’ defense, the running back returned to action to help close out the victory.
Graham rushed for 227 yards and the defense forced four turnovers as Evans beat Richmond Academy 21-12 on the road Thursday night.
“My defense helped me out, getting back onto the field,” said Graham, who also credited his linemen for his offensive performance.
Graham had three touchdowns, with his last making it a two-possession game.
His first two scores were also impressive.
After Richmond Academy’s C.J. Welcher finished a five-play drive with a 44-yard score on its first offensive series of the game, the Knights got a great kickoff return and Graham needed only one play to tie it, scoring on a 41-yard run.
A quarter later, Graham got the ball on a toss on third-and-long and turned it into an 80-yard touchdown. Once free, Graham cut perfectly to keep himself safe from defenders.
Graham had 129 yards on seven carries in the first half. He went on to add 98 in the second half.
Other than the big rushing plays, the offenses were quiet, especially in the passing game.
Neither squad passed for more than 50 yards. For the Musketeers, two different quarterbacks threw interceptions .
Following Welcher’s touchdown, Richmond Academy was quiet except for a short drive after an interception off of Evans quarterback Chandler Shoemaker. Welcher made it 14-12 on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
But the Musketeers didn’t score again, putting up only 163 yards of offense.
“Really, we’re just trying to get 11 people to the football,” Evans coach Marty Jackson said. “Eleven people to the football overcomes a lot of issues.”
Quarterbacks Thomas Allison and Tony Daggett tried to get the Musketeers going – Welcher rushed for negative-1 yards in the second half after getting 90 in the first – but instead each threw two interceptions in the game.
“Last year we lost the first two and we turned out OK,” Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes said. “Turnovers killed us – they put us in a bad spot every time.”