Evans' football team had to play one waiting game after another last week.
The Knights had to wait while making a four-hour bus ride to reach Glynn County Stadium for a rare Thursday-night game in Brunswick. They had to wait again as a 45-minute lightning delay temporarily halted the start of the game.
Then the Knights had to wait for their offense to get going. That hurt the most.
Evans' undefeated streak came to an end after the Knights lost to Brunswick 24-6. The Evans offense struggled to find any breathing room against a strong Pirates defensive front.
"They were so quick," Evans coach Marty Jackson said. "They were definitely the quickest defensive line we've seen. They lined up and came at us."
The Knights managed only 30 yards on the ground in the loss, and most of their 190 passing yards came while trying to play catch up after trailing 10-6 at halftime. A 4-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Millward to Trey Henderson in the second quarter was the only score Evans could muster.
Brunswick's offense had no trouble finding a flow even with leading rusher Darius Slay out for the season with a knee injury. Instead, Richard Cash filled in as a more-than-adequate replacement. The senior rushed for 74 yards on 21 carries and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
It wasn't the yardage that hurt the Knights; it was the time-consuming way Cash and the Pirates controlled possession. Most of his runs came straight up the middle.
"He was a little banged up after last week, but he did a great job. He always answers the bell when we call on him," Freeman said.
Cash's touchdown gave Brunswick a 17-6 lead. The rest of the game belonged to a strong and fast Brunswick defensive front that killed any chance at an Evans comeback.
The Knights (6-1) have a 5-1 region record and still hold a share of the top spot in the Region 3-AAAA standings. Brunswick, after losing to Greenbrier last week, put itself back into state playoff contention with Thursday's victory.
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