Etowah running back Tyray Devezin ran for touchdown runs of 60 and 71 yards, and quarterback Robbie Knox connected with Casey Snow for a 63-yard touchdown pass in a come-from-behind victory.
“We got away from what we’re good at in the first half, and that is mostly my fault,” Etowah coach Dave Svehla said. “We have big, strong kids up front and we pride ourselves on being a physical football team. I got away from pounding the ball for two quarters, but we tweaked some things at halftime and came out ready to run the ball.”
Run the ball they did.
Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Etowah ran for 223 yards in the second half. Devezin, who finished the night with 179 yards on 17 carries in place of his injured brother, Raishod, took the second play of the third quarter 60 yards up the gut to give Etowah a 10-7 lead it didn’t relinquish.
Knox’s touchdown pass to Snow came on a flea-flicker early in the fourth quarter, pushing the margin to 17-7. Devezin scored his second touchdown minutes later, and Trey Moore scored Etowah’s third touchdown of the final period from 41 yards out with less than a minute to play.
The win moved Etowah to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in region play, keeping it in control of its playoff destiny. The Eagles will host region leader Roswell on senior night next Friday.
At the request of the Rome Wolves, the JV game scheduled for this Thursday October 23 has been delayed by 1 week. This game will be played on Thursday October 30th in Rome.
A little update on the last two weeks:
Etowah v. Woodstock:
Our Woodstock week was full of nail biters! Our Varsity boys played an AWESOME game and went back forth until the end of the 2nd OT. It was an unfortunate loss but our guys played a heck of a game. Congrats to our Freshmen and JV teams for their wins. We are so proud of ALL of our Eagles for their determination and fight. Final scores: Varsity, 47-44 Woodstock; JV 21-16 and Freshmen 22-20.
Milton v. Etowah:
Tough week last week v Milton. Milton took all. Final scores: Varsity 37-12, JV 21-7 and Freshmen 24-14. The good news is that our Eagles have moved on and are ready to take on Lassiter! No doubt, all three teams will soar this week!
Etowah v. Lassiter:
This week Varsity and JV will play at Lassiter and the Freshmen will play at home. Come out and cheer for our fearless players!
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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.