Not a single player on Harlem's team was alive the last time the Bulldogs beat Evans.
It was so long ago, Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis said he could only remember it was sometime in the early '80s.
"I know I had jet black hair then," said Lewis, who now sports a more mature silver head of hair.
But the Bulldogs won 13-7 at Evans on Friday in what Lewis called the biggest win in the 14 years he has been the head coach.
Harlem (1-0) used a clock-eating rushing attack to beat its once-hated rival after being beaten 35-7 at home last year. The two schools hadn't played since 1984 before last season's game.
"We were embarrassed last season at home," said Harlem offensive lineman Mike White. "We wanted to make sure we returned the favor."
Evans (0-1) had a chance to tie the game late but was derailed by a fumble by Jonathon Nicely on the Bulldogs' 16-yard line with 40 seconds to play. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Millward was impressive on the Knights' final drive, completing 5 of 7 passes for 50 yards before Nicely fumbled on a 13-yard reception on third-and-2.
Bulldogs quarterback Brendan Gray took two knees to run out the clock.
"This is so great for these kids," Lewis said. "And these fans too. They worked their butts off this summer, and this means a lot to them."
Harlem ran the ball 48 times for an average of 4.6 yards a carry behind an offensive line that averages 260 pounds a player.
Fullback Barry St. John did most of the damage, rushing for 90 of his game-high 101 yards in the second half. His 34-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Harlem a touchdown lead. Each of his 14 carries were runs up the middle on the triple option.
"We thought they would try and stop Brendan Gray on the outside on our option," Lewis said. "We just kept taking what they gave us up the middle."
Harlem ate time from midway through the second quarter until there was about 2:30 left in the fourth. Evans picked up only one first down in that span.
"We couldn't do anything offensively because we didn't have the ball," said Knights coach Marty Jackson. "They just killed us up the middle."
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