by Martin Kester
MDJ Sports Correspondent October 11, 2014 02:30 AM
Etowah rushed for more than 400 yards and ruined Lassiter’s homecoming with a 48-14 win Friday at Frank Fillmann Stadium.
The Eagles (5-2, 3-2 Region 5AAAAAA) did all this without senior running back Raishod Devezin, who rushed for 1,000 yards before breaking his wrist last week against Milton.
Tyrae Devezin, stepped in and was close to the family rushing record of 351 yards. The sophomore ultimately finished with 286 yards on just 16 carries, including three runs of more than 60 yards.
The younger Devezin’s final carry would have been his fourth touchdown of the night, “but I ran out of gas. I tried to score, I tried to do everything I could.”
He did plenty as the Eagles ran straight at Lassiter (1-5, 1-3) on their first possession and never stopped.
“I feel like the last couple of weeks, we lost our identity. We want to be a power team,” Etowah coach Dave Svehla said. “We have some big, strong kids that like to get physical, and I think we got away from that the last couple of weeks.”
The Eagles’ offensive line won the battle of the trenches, opening holes and protecting quarterback Robbie Knox (7-of-11 for 81 yards and two touchdowns) the few times he dropped back to pass.
“They did a really good job of running the football,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We just couldn’t get a stop until late in the game. We have to grow up. We have to continue to fight. We have to continue to work.”
While Tyrae Devezin was the leading rusher, the Eagles worked the ball successfully to nine different backs, totaling 487 yards.
Lassiter’s Russell Aarons left the field in the second quarter and was replaced by Cooper Cross, who took to the air and started with a 32-yard completion to Pearson Van Horn. Three plays later, he aimed a pass to the pylon, and Micah Grigsby raced underneath it for a 31-yard touchdown that lightened the mood of the crowd before halftime.
“I thought Cooper did a good job coming in for his first action,” said Irwin about the junior quarterback, who finished 13-of-24 for 177 yards. “Depending on how bad Russell’s injury is, we’ll have to re-evaluate our quarterback position.”
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