Head coach Marty Jackson enters year two of his tenure at Evans High in 2004, and he expects more out of his team than he got last season.
Evans High School tight-ends coach Josh Jackson watches as Patrick Downs (left) and Reggie Sullivan run through a drill during practice.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"We had some good moments and some bad ones," Jackson said. "This year we have to have a lot more of the good ones."
The Knights are coming off a 3-7 campaign in 2003. Evans lost to Greenbrier and Lakeside, but did put together an impressive three-game win streak late in the season.
"Everything just came around a little slowly to start the season," Jackson said. "By the end of the season we were playing solid football."
Jackson will rest the Knights' 2004 hopes on the shoulders of Cheng Ho and Brad Freeman.
Ho starts the 2004 season as the county's best running back statistically, but has to prove that he can overcome a nagging leg injury that hampered him last season.
At a recent Georgia football camp in Athens, Ho ran a 4.45, 40-yard dash. Jackson said that Ho was running about a 4.8 last season.
Ho's load will be lightened by the play of Freeman, the incumbent quarterback from last fall.
"Brad also was injured a bit last fall, which hurt us at the beginning of the season," Jackson said. "When he got healthy, we went on a winning streak."
Tim Steflik and freshman Kevin Millward bolster the quarterback corps.
Seniors Jay Acree and Jonathan Amerson will help in the backfield, but will be counted on heavily to shore up the linebacker position.
Up front, Josh Gibbs and Cliff Hancock lead the offensive line and could both end up playing college football.
The maturation of the defensive front will be the key for success on defense. Creating pressure up front will allow the aforementioned linebackers to run crazy and make plays, said Jackson.
One of the strongest units for Evans will be the special teams.
Returning are All County performers Reid Tankersly and Ryan Crislip at kicker and punter, respectively. Millward, the 2003 NFL Punt, Pass and Kick champion, could factor into the equation.
"Millward will see the field somewhere," Jackson said. "He has too much talent to sit on the sidelines."
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