2014 Region 5 AAAAAA All Region Team

Congratulations to this years Etowah High School representatives for making the Region 5 AAAAAA All Region Team:

Coach of the year: Dave Svehla, Etowah

First-team offense

RB - Raishod Devezin, Etowah

OL - Brad Morgan, Etowah

OL - Nick Searcy, Etowah

First-team defense

DL - Scott Morgan, Etowah

DL - Blaine Miller, Etowah

DB - Stuart Head, Etowah

Second-team offense

RB - Tyray Devezin, Etowah

OL - Alex Smith, Etowah

ATH - Stanley Logue, Etowah

Second-team defense

DL - Brandon Reibly, Etowah

LB - Caleb Barden-Street, Etowah

LB - Alan Michael Harris, Etowah

DB - Tyray Devezin, Etowah

Honorable mention:

ATH Bronson Rechsteiner, Etowah

DB Cory Burdett, Etowah

DT Ryan Kaio, Etowah

QB Robbie Knox, Etowah





2014 Season

What an incredible season and experience for our boys in blue. They overcame obstacles, finished second in the region and went deep in the playoffs (better than either one of the losses I might add).


We took it to the final four. What an accomplishment guys. Our hats are off to you for the wonderful effort, heart and determination you've shown this season. Congrats on making history.  Not only for the school, but the county too. Way to go boys!  Go Eagles!


Thanks to all the coaches, families and volunteers who have made this season a reality.  Fund raising, clean up , meals, video, set up, parking, EVERYTHING. Without you guys, none of this would have been possible. 


Looking forward to next year!


2014 Final Four


2014 Etowah's furious flight puts team on the cusp of state championship game

by Emily Horos
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November 29, 2014 12:06 AM
WOODSTOCK — Etowah made history Friday night when it beat Newton 43-29 in the Class AAAAAA state semifinal and became the first football team in Cherokee County history to advance to the semifinals.

The second-seeded Eagles (11-2) will travel to Region 8AAAAAA champion Archer (10-3) next week for a chance to play for the state championship at the Georgia Dome.

However, in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game, as Etowah found itself trailing 29-21, it looked as if Newton would be the one moving on.

But it was the Eagles who ultimately advanced, and Etowah coach Dave Svehla thought his players performed well.

“We went through a stretch in the third quarter where we struggled a little bit offensively, but our defense stepped it up,” he said.

A shootout in the first half gave Newton (7-4) a 22-21 advantage going into the third. That quarter ended up being a defensive stalemate, and when the Rams scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Romario Johnson with 9:17 left, the Eagles found themselves down by eight.

Etowah, however, went right to work as carries by Tyray Devezin moved the ball inside the Rams 10. Then, on fourth-and-inches from the 8, Scott Morgan got the handoff and carried the ball 6 yards for the first down. On the next play the ball was again given to the Georgia Tech-bound lineman, who punched it in for his second score of the night.

Etowah lined up for a 2-point conversion to tie the game, in the same formation it had used on the last two plays, with Morgan again in the backfield. Instead of getting the ball, Morgan made a strong block, which allowed quarterback Robbie Knox to hit a wide-open Noah Dye in the back of the end zone to tie the game at 29-all.

Seconds after tying the game, Etowah forced the first of two fumbles it recovered in the final 5 minutes. Alan-Michael Harris came up with the ball, and when the offense returned to the field, Devezin needed just two 16-yard runs to put Etowah up 36-29.

Svehla said that possession made the difference in the game.

“Obviously, to score and get the 2-point conversion was big, but to get the ball back was key,” Svehla said. “The momentum, at that point, was a huge, huge thing for our defense.”

Newton, which feeds off its quarterback, was unable to make anything happen on its next set of downs. The Rams suffered losses on each of the first two downs and, after an incomplete pass, were faced with a fourth-and-17. They went for it, and another incompletion turned the ball over on downs at their own 44.

Once again, with Devezin doing most of the work, Etowah used the clock and picked up yards. Devezin finished the drive with a 22-yard touchdown run with 2:25 to play.

Newton started its next drive at its own 27 and promptly gave the ball back with a fumble on the first play. This time, Caleb Barden-Street recovered, and Devezin picked up a first down to allow the Eagles to end the game in victory formation.

Devezin finished the game with 24 carries for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Knox was just 2-for-10 passing with no completions in the second half, but he did run for 79 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown in the first half on a fourth-and-2 from near midfield.

2014 Etowah marches on, beats Westlake with its Heisman-winning former QB looking on

by Chase Wallace
Tribune Sports Correspondent
November 22, 2014 01:11 AM
ATLANTA — Using a distinct size advantage on both lines of scrimmage, Etowah bowled over Westlake 23-6 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Tyray Devezin ran for 163 yards on 24 carries and the Etowah defense held the hometown Lions to minus-18 rushing yards in the game. Quarterback Robbie Knox ran for a touchdown and completed another to Noah Dye, while the Eagles (10-2) outgained Westlake 359-144 on a brisk night.

“Coming in, we knew that they were superior to us athletically, and the things that we do well are with our guys up front. So we came in determined to run the football,” Etowah coach Dave Svehla said. “Our guys stayed after it play after play, our running backs ran hard and we had some success.”

The Eagles showed their might as one of Westlake’s greatest alumni stood on the sideline. Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton was in attendance, with his Carolina Panthers in their bye week.

“Defensively, we played outstanding,” Svehla said. “Our defensive coaches had a great game plan, we did a really good job of pressuring the quarterback and we were able to get our hands up on passes and force some interceptions.”

Etowah’s defense intercepted Westlake four times, with Brandon Reibly, Stuart Head, Cody Burdett, and Alan Michael Harris all picking off passes. The Eagle defense added five sacks as well — four alone by Reibly and another courtesy of Blaine Miller.

The win gave Etowah its first 10-win season in its 38-year history, and it sent the Eagles to the state quarterfinals for the first time in team history.

Etowah will host Newton (7-3), the No. 3 seed of Region 2AAAAAA, next Friday night. The Rams advanced to the quarterfinals with a 15-14 win over Central Gwinnett on Friday.

“We aren’t a part of all that history, so I can’t speak to that. But I know our kids have lofty goals, and we’re working hard to achieve them,” Svehla said. “I’m happy for our kids, and we’re excited to have a chance to play another game.”

Etowah jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead behind a 9-yard touchdown run by Stanlee Logue and a 1-yard quarterback sneak from Knox — the latter set up by Reibly’s interception.

Noah Weber’s 22-yard field goal to close out the second quarter gave Etowah a 17-0 lead at halftime.

Head intercepted a tipped pass on Westlake’s first drive of the second half and returned it to the Lions’ 9 yard line. Knox connected with Dye on a slant pass for a 6-yard touchdown three plays later, giving the Eagles a 23-0 lead with 7:10 to play in the third quarter.

Westlake scored its only touchdown with 9 minutes to play in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard pass from Dakota Rocker to Nigel Warrior, but the ensuing 2-point conversion failed.