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.”