The Knights, struggling for most of the first half, rebounded by putting up 26 unanswered points to beat Richmond Academy 26-7 on Friday night.
“The score at the end of the half was big, but we had to establish the run a little bit,” Jackson said. “We wanted to run more.”
After a defensive stop set up a short field and touchdown late in the second quarter, Jacobs burst free for 19- and 46-yard runs on the Knights’ first two plays of the second half.
Before breaking through late in the second quarter, Evans had just 15 yards of offense. But on the two scoring drives, the Knights racked up 92 yards in a total of six plays, scoring 13 points.
Evans (1-0) later added two more touchdowns, both coming thanks to special teams.
On one play, Evans blocked a punt by Richmond Academy’s Gardner Duckworth and Jonquell Jones picked up the ball, almost taking it back for the score. Ronnie Graham finished the job with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The sudden surge came after Evans was stuck in reverse early. During one stretch, the Knights lost yards on seven of eight plays.
Evans quarterback Matlin Marshall was hit-or-miss at the start, gaining 19 yards on one scramble but then losing all those yards on the next play when he held onto the ball too long.
However, the junior made up for an interception in Richmond Academy territory by leading at 27-yard drive to make it 7-7 at the half.
The Musketeers (0-1) scored their only points on a 47-yard touchdown run by Travis Beatty. He led all rushers with 126 yards.
But the big running plays and the strong Evans special teams were too much.
“We got to get better,” Musketeers coach Chris Hughes said. “We had a lot of special teams mistakes, and that’s not us.”