2014 Eagles Bulldoze Blue Devils

by Michael Foster
Tribune Sports Correspondent
August 23, 2014 02:21 AM
Etowah’s Raishod Devezin (5) gets a block from Vincent Riley to get past a Marietta defender. Devezin took the Eagles on his back, rushing for 274 yards and five TDs.
<Br>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
Etowah coach Dave Svehla came into Friday’s season opener with the task of keeping Marietta’s backfield duo — quarterback Brenton Martin and tailback KirVonte’ Benson — off the field.

As it turned out, the best defense is a little ball control.

Raishod Devezin spearheaded the Eagles’ ground-control attack, carrying the ball 28 times for 274 yards and five touchdowns, as Etowah cruised to a 48-20 victory at Northcutt Stadium.

Etowah’s seven ball-carriers combined for 483 yards.

While a few scampers came in chunks later in the night, it was incremental gains of 4, 5 and 7 yards that kept the chains moving, and the Blue Devils’ young defense frustrated.

“We run the football,” Svehla said. “We’re not always going to have the big play, so I think on a night like (Friday), if we can put together a seven- or eight-play drive, we can wear the defense out.

“(Devezin) did a good job of being patient, but I also felt like our offensive line got after it, gave him some places to run, and once he had the space, he did plenty on his own, too.”

Benson, was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries, while Martin gained 25 on six carries and was 9-of-19 passing for 99 yards — 43 coming on one deep pass.

The game was closer in the first half, with Devezin and Benson trading touchdowns to make it 7-all.

Devezin scored from 7 yards to give Etowah a 14-7 lead at halftime. Etowah continued its ground attack into the third quarter, opening the second half with a long drive that culminated with Taurean Bowe’s 13-yard touchdown.

Trailing 21-7 with just over 8 minutes left, Marietta upped the tempo, electing to take a deep shot, but Martin’s pass was picked off by Trevor James and returned 40 yards to Marietta’s 35-yard line, setting up another Devezin score.

Martin connected with Dewayne Smith for a 43-yard touchdown on the following possession, setting the score at 28-14, but the Blue Devils couldn’t score the rest of the way.

Svehla attributed his team’s ability to pull away to his team’s preparation for warm game-time temperatures.

“We were pretty well-conditioned, and our kids played hard through the night, even though it was pretty hot,” Svehla said.

Burton didn’t think conditioning was an issue, but he did see his young roster go through some growing pains.

“Etowah is a big, strong team, and they leaned on us pretty heavy (Friday),” Burton said. “We’ve got a bunch of young guys that really need to have more experience and reps to figure out what Friday night football is all about, but the good news is we have a room full of fighters who care deeply about this program and this community. I’m looking forward to practice on Monday, because I know what I’m going to get out of these young men.”

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2014 Touchdown Club Memberships

Touchdown Club memberships are now on sale.  As a member, you will have access to all Etowah regular season home games, including Varsity, JV, Freshmen and Junior Eagle games.  A catered dinner is served prior to all varsity home games. A parking pass and one gift is given for every two seats purchased. You may purchase at


2014 Player Fees are due

Just a friendly reminder that player fees are due now. You should have received an invoice from your son with your family's remaining balance.  Should you need to discuss, please contact Coach Svehla.  Thanks to all who are paid in full.


2014 Senior Pictures

The Senior & Family Photos taken on 7/26 are now available online for purchase by visiting

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If you have not already purchased or would like to preview the pictures, click on this link.


2014 Spring Parent Meeting

Calling the Eagle Nation!!!

Did you miss the parent meeting the other night? Did you think it was going to be another boring meeting? Are you hearing that there was some exciting news? Are you wondering how to play football for free? Are you wanting to step in and volunteer? Well then you've come to the right place. Within this post you will find links to the valuable information that you missed during the meeting.

First and foremost in the news is we need your help. Folks, it takes a village. We need the Eagle Nation to come out on this one. Our first order of business is pine straw and mulch deliveries. This event will be April 11-12. We need people to load, people to drive trucks AND people who have trailers. Last year we had a great turnout and delivered it all by 2pm Saturday. If you are able to help, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you want to volunteer within the organization please download the volunteer form

The second hot item is how to play football for FREE. Yup, you heard me, free. Download the highlights of this years parent meeting. We also need the Parent/Player Information Form filled out so we can track. Please note, you MUST be in the system for us to do this, so please get us these forms.

Burst training, have you heard? There is info on that too!

And finally, Etowah will be having it's Athletic Physical Night on Tuesday, 4/29/14.  This will be held in the new gym.  All players must have a current physical form on file in order to participate in high school sports.  The county has a particular athletic form that ALL athletes must use so please make sure you stop by the athletic office and pick one up before Athletic Physical Night.  The cost is $25 with checks made payable to Etowah High School

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