It is great to see Evans back in a region with a few local teams.
The Knights kick off the 2004 season on Aug. 20 at Harlem. The Bulldogs and the Knights haven't played in years.
Hopefully this will become a nice yearly matchup.
Also, the Knights have a tough month of September. They begin the month with a game that may leave them wanting to go back to AAAAA when they square off with a very talented Laney team. The Wildcats return quarterback Domonique Walker and speedy defensive back and wide receiver Robert Dunn, and should be extremely good.
Then after a bye week, Evans will face archrival Greenbrier. This should be a pretty good matchup but both of these games are on the road.
The Knights also will renew their fierce rivalry with Lakeside. A season should never go by when these two squads do not play one another.
The Panthers visit the Knights on Oct. 15. Evans also has home games with Jefferson County, Jones County, Wayne County and Effingham County. The Effingham County game should be interesting to say the least. The last time these two teams met was during the 1988 State Quarterfinals.
Evans beat Effingham County 13-10 on a cold night just outside of Savannah. However, Effingham County protested the victory and the story became one of the biggest in Georgia high school history.
When the game took place, Evans stood at 12-0 and appeared ready to capture their first-ever state football championship.
During the game Evans was penalized for using illegal equipment - a headset in quarterback Craig Cassedy's helmet. The device was used to send plays in from the sideline and, according to Evans, had only been used during two games.
After the Evans' win, word came down that The Georgia High School Association would hold a hearing to listen to Effingham's complaint. Most area fans know the rest of the story.
Coach Coley Cassedy - Craig's father - and Evans officials instructed the student body not to go to Thomasville for the meeting at the GHSA Offices.
Effingham County, on the other hand, sent several thousand vocal fans. In the end the Knights had their perfect season taken away, and they would not be able to play Carver (Columbus) in the State Semi-finals.
This story rocked the community and got tons of national attention. Shows such as 20/20 did features on the case.
Well, 16 years may have passed, but I've got a feeling many fans have not forgotten. Expect a big crowd for that one. This could be a good night to recognize the Evans' 1987 and 1988 teams for back-to-back perfect regular seasons. I'm sure the Effingham fans would just love that.
Like Evans, Greenbrier has some excellent additions to their schedule in 2004, but nothing like the Effingham County intrigue. The Pack will play the usual suspects, Lakeside (road Sept. 24), Evans (home Sept. 17) and Westside (road Sept. 3).
But this year Greenbrier will also face perennial power Lincoln County. Last season the Red Devils lost to Hawkensville in the Single-A State Championship Game.
Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick will try to match wits with Georgia's all-time winningest coach Larry Campbell in this one. The Pack open the season at home vs. Morgan County on Aug. 27.
Greenbrier is also at home vs. Evans (Sept. 17), Wayne County (Oct. 1), Jones County (Oct. 22) and they end the season at home against Statesboro on Oct. 27.
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