No. 3 North County drubs Crossland with 4 TD passes QB Evans also runs for score in 38-18 win

September 14, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Football is supposed to be fun, but sometimes it's work, and just as in real life, coaches and players have days when they just want to get it over with and go home.

Third-ranked North County (2-0) had one of those days yesterday in Prince George's County, but it still had enough talent to overwhelm Crossland, 38-18, and go home a winner.

The Knights led 25-6 at the half, and a cloudburst at intermission continued into the the third period, diminishing to a steady, light rain for the rest of the game.

Quarterback Mike Evans ran for a touchdown and was 18-for-33 for 276 yards and four touchdowns, two to Corey Wright (four receptions, 36 yards), while Chris Mangum grabbed six passes for 125 yards.

On defense, five Knights -- Dominic Harris, Marvin Mobley (six unassisted tackles), Shawn Gaither, Michawn Yuvienco (nine unassisted tackles) and Frank Stewart -- recovered fumbles. Nose tackle Bobby Lincoln had four unassisted tackles and an interception. Shawn Brown and Andrew Walenga each had five unassisted tackles.

L The triumph left North County 2-3 overall against Crossland.

This wasn't your typical 20-point romp for the Knights.

First, it was a rare 2: 45 p.m. start. For a team accustomed to 7: 30 p.m. games, it meant getting out of school at noon for an hour-plus bus ride to Temple Hills. By kickoff, there were less than 100 fans (30 from North County).

"It's not very exciting at 2: 45 Friday afternoon," said Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz. "It was very difficult, tough to prepare the kids for it.

"I'm not pleased, because we played very sloppy, and we had to discipline some folks this week," said Markiewicz. "There were a lot of distractions, and we never felt like we were in sync."

Evans completed nine of 18 passes for 168 yards in the first half. He threw for two touchdowns and ran 15 yards for another.

Kenny Parks, who caught three passes for 92 yards, took Evans' first touchdown pass, a 65-yard bomb down the middle five minutes into the game.

A 27-yard pass from Evans to Mangum on the last play of the first period set up Evans' touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to make it 12-0.

Crossland fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Walenga and Theo Bowie smothered the ball at the Cavaliers' 32. Nine plays later, Evans hoisted one to Wright in the end zone's left corner.

Five minutes later, on a fourth-and-10 at the Crossland 40, Wright took the short snap on a fake punt and ran to the 8. Kiki Ellis (75 yards rushing) took it in from the 3 to make it 25-0.

In the third period, Evans hit Antwan Chambers for an 8-yard scoring pass and Wright caughthis second 5-yard touchdown.

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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