North County clinches 4A East title in 33-0 rout Evans, Wright, Ellis lead Knights over Broadneck

November 10, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

North County's record-setting passing combination of quarterback Mike Evans to Corey Wright and rushing of Kiki Ellis (28 for 171 yards, two touchdowns) highlighted a 33-0 romp over Broadneck in Ferndale last night to clinch the Class 4A East region.

After a one-year absence, No. 10 North County is returning to the Class 4A state playoffs for the fifth time in six years. The Knights (9-1) appear likely to be the second seed in the eight-team field and will play host to either No. 9 Meade (8-2) or No. 5 Lake Clifton (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Class 3A Broadneck (6-4) closed its season with three losses, including its sixth in a row to North County since 1991.

North County was coming off its first loss of the season by 40-21 at Meade and the Knights came out hungry, rolling up three touchdowns and 241 yards of total offense in the first half for a 20-0 lead. The Knights finished with nearly 500 yards of total offense.

"We really came back well, didn't hang their heads after the Meade game and Mike [Evans] seemed to get a little spark," said North County coach Chuck Markiewicz.

Evans completed 16 of 33 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown pass in three periods of work before giving way to back-ups. The senior quarterback now holds the state season records for attempts (350), completions (204), yards (2,746) and touchdown passes (29).

His touchdown pass from two yards out to Wright in the third period was a double-dipper. It broke the record of 28 touchdown passes in a season that Evans shared with four others, including former Knights Eric Howard (1992) and Justin Rice (1993).

It also was Wright's state record 13th touchdown catch of the season that he shared with Jason Smith of Broadneck (1993) and Poly's Martin Prosper (1994). It was his school-record 20th career touchdown grab.

With five catches for 60 yards on the night, Wright also broke Smith's state season record for receptions (was 75) and now has 79 for 969 yards.

Antwan Chambers chipped in with five receptions for 61 yards and Chris Mangum grabbed three of Evans' passes for 44 yards.

With the 171 yards rushing on the night, Ellis cracked the 1,000- yard mark and has 1,069 with nine touchdowns.

The Knights' defensive unit also had its share of highlights in holding the Bruins to only 84 yards of total offense in the first half. The Bruins punted five times on fourth down in the first half and fumbled away another possession.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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