EVANS, Ga.---The Evans Knights strong suit this season will be experience. A wealth of knowledge to draw upon as the season wears on. Head coach Marty Jackson is entering his 5th season at the helm of the Evans program and he's got some well-known names backing him up.
Mickey Derrick spent 7 seasons as the head coach at Greenbrier and is returning for his 2nd year as an assistant under Jackson and his 32nd year coaching overall.
And, new this season, Jim Connor is on board as an assistant at Evans after 4 years as head coach at Aquinas. Before that, Connor spent 13 years as the head coach of this very same Knights team, taking them to the state playoffs 3 times.
The Knights have only had one winning season since 2000 but with 15 starters returning, they think this could be their year.
"This year we don't have any excuses," says Jackson. "We're gonna be in a tough region but we got senior leadership. We got a great coaching staff. It's gonna come down to being able to handle the adversity that's surely gonna come."
Senior wide receiver/defensive back, Tre Henderson adds, "We're gonna try and outwork people 'cause that's the kind of team we have. Ain't everybody got heart, so that's what we're gonna try and do."
Coach Jackson has pegged the defensive line and secondary as the strengths of this year's team. The Knights open 2007 with a road matchup at Harlem.