It was just one year ago that Evans went undefeated in the regular season but then, went one and done in the state playoffs.
That loss in the playoffs no doubt put a damper on what was a great overall season for the Knights, especially consdiering the team looked so unstoppable down the stretch. but now, coach Marty Jackson and the players hope that the playoff loss provides some motivation and some momentum for the 2009 season.
"When you lose in the playoffs, you don't get a chance to go out the next week and prove yourself," said Jackson. "So hopefully, our team has a chip on their shoulder and I think they they do. I think our senior class is definitely motivated and we've got some really good leadership out of that group."
"We're going into this season with a bad taste in our mouth coming off of last year," said senior quarterback Troy Griffith. "So we're trying to build off of the failure at the end of last year and try to end up better than what we finished last year."
A lot of key players are returning for the Knights. Among them are Griffith, wide receiver Tevin Nelson and running back Jonathan Finch. Last year, Finch ran all over opponents, scoring 19 touchdowns and rushing for more than 100 yards in all but 2 games. And while defenses may zero in on the Knights star tailback this season, Jackson says if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
"I'm sure they're going to focus on him but last year, he only carried the ball 18 times a game and I don't see that changing," said Jackson. "We're going to be what we are and he is a special player but we've got a bunch of players out here that are excited about having these guys back fro another year."
As usual, the Knights better be ready to go early. They open the season against rival Greenbrier in Blanchard Stadium. Last year, it was a close one, with Evans coming away with a 7-0 victory.