2014 Eagles get past Greyhounds, set up duel with Woodstock

Etowah ball-carrier Stanlee Logue looks to take advantage as a pair of Pope defenders collide with one another Friday night.
<BR>Staff photo by Erin Gray

by Jeff Dickinson
Tribune Sports Correspondent
September 13, 2014 02:36 AM

WOODSTOCK — Etowah rode the power of a rushing attack that produced 403 yards to remain unbeaten with a 35-20 win over Pope.

The Eagles (4-0, 2-0 Region 5AAAAAA) were led by a game-high 215 rushing yards from Raishod Devezin, who also scored two touchdowns.

Etowah, which now awaits a showdown in two weeks with archrival Woodstock — also 4-0 on the season — never trailed in the game.

“We are undefeated overall and are 2-0 in our tough region, which is the best that we can be,” Etowah coach Dave Svehla said. “But our boys are smart enough to know that we can’t continue to play the way we did (Friday) and hope to stay undefeated in our region.”

Devezin put Etowah ahead less than 2 minutes into the game when he scored from 7 yards out. Quarterback Robbie Knox then put the Eagles up by two touchdowns 6 minutes later, when he capped a 73-yard drive with a 19-yard scramble.

Both teams tightened up on defense for a scoreless second quarter. Etowah then went up by three touchdowns when lineman Scott Morgan dove over the goal line from 1-yard out midway through the third quarter.


2014 Etowah has upper hand in early-season showdown of county, region adversaries

Etowah’s Nick Searcy, left, and Vincent Riley, right, celebrate Trevor Head’s touchdown catch against Cherokee on Friday. In a battle of county rivals, region rivals and 2-0 teams, it was the Eagles who prevailed to remain unbeaten on the season.
<BR>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter

by Emily Horos
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September 06, 2014 02:47 AM
WOODSTOCK — It didn’t take long to see that Etowah was the better team Friday night as the Eagles dominated Cherokee in every facet of the game, for a 41-21 victory in the Region 5AAAAAA opener for both programs.

Etowah coach Dave Svehla said it wasn’t an easy win, but his players certainly made it look that way.

“That was far from easy,” Svehla said. “I thought Cherokee played good defense. They were physical, and they got after us a little up front. We just kept plugging away.”

Cherokee (2-1, 0-1), which scored 42 points in each of its first two games, was held to just nine points in the first three quarters. A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns made the Warriors’ offense look better on paper than it did on the field.

Cherokee was the first to put together a promising drive, but it came away with just a field goal after stalling inside the 20.

Etowah (3-0, 1-0) wasted no time responding, but it did so in the form of a 33-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Knox to Raishod Devezin. The point-after by Caleb Barden-Street gave Etowah a 7-3 lead, which held through the end of the first quarter.

Cherokee’s offense continued to struggle, while Etowah’s started to click.

2014 Devezin, Knox lead Eagles past county-foe Chiefs with another offensive outburst

by Emily Horos
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August 30, 2014 02:25 AM
WOODSTOCK — Sequoyah entered Friday night’s game at Etowah with a plan to run the ball and eat time off the clock.

Meanwhile, Etowah’s plan relied heavily on the arm of quarterback Robbie Knox and legs of running back Raishod Devezin.

Both teams executed their plans well, but Etowah was a bit more effective, and that was clear by the 34-10 score at the end of the game.

Devezin did was he was supposed to do, carrying the ball 16 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Knox did his part, too, going 6-for-13 passing for 148 yards and a touchdown before giving way to freshman Patrick Fuller late in the fourth quarter.

Sequoyah (0-1) performed as scripted, according to coach James Teter. The goal was for the Chiefs to limit how often Etowah (2-0) had the ball by running down the clock.

Sequoyah, which received the opening kickoff, maintained possession for the first 10 minutes of the game, but it failed to come away with points as the drive stalled on the 1-yard line.

“We got down there three, four times and couldn’t get in,” Teter said. “Who knows, if we got in one of those times, what a difference it might have made in how everything was played.”

Etowah took the opportunity and drove 99 yards down the field. The drive, which contained a few bursts from Devezin, was largely fueled by a 58-yard pass from Knox to Stanlee Logue.

Sequoyah was forced to punt on its second possession, and Etowah used the short field for another second-quarter touchdown on a drive was capped by a 36-yard pass from Knox to Bronson Rechsteiner. The point-after failed, but Etowah still led 13-0 with 8:25 to play in the half.

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.”

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

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