Last Friday's 17-0 Evans win at Lakeside wasn't the first time the Knights have defeated their county rivals, but it was the first for Evans junior Trey Henderson.
The wide receiver/cornerback transferred to Evans this season from Virginia with his military family. Henderson was the star of Friday's win against the Panthers with an interception late in the first quarter to stop Lakeside's longest drive of the game.
"I had watched film on them all week, and I remember seeing that play," Henderson said. "They just kind of threw it up, and I was there for the interception."
The junior made his presence known again two drives later when he caught a 24-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Millward for the first touchdown of the game.
Henderson finished with 43 yards of total offense, and the Knights stayed undefeated this season.
"We knew we had to throw it over the top on them," Evans coach Marty Jackson said. "We did that early and probably could have done it a little more, but we were trying to run the clock out."
After mounting a 17-0 lead, the Knight offense controlled the time of possession and killed any chance at a Lakeside comeback. Jackson said the offensive effort wasn't perfect, but it was the defense that won the game.
"I feel like we played an A on defense and about a D on offense," he said. "I didn't like my calls on the goal line. We're doing some good things, but we still have work to do."
Evans' miscues in the red zone included two failed field goal attempts. The first was a designed fake that never stood a chance against Lakeside's special teams, and the second came on a bad snap that ended in a Lakeside sack.
"We did some good things, but we have work to do," Jackson said. "Lakeside looked a lot better this week, too."
The Panthers' young offense was held scoreless for the first time this year, but the defense looked strong. "Defense did a great job tonight, but our offense needs to move the ball a little better," Lakeside coach Randy Hill said. "We're still young and we've got a long road ahead, but our boys will get there. I feel like we did 100 percent better than last week."
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