Towson's Evans backs up words as Tigers beat Georgetown, 27-9

Family, friends see him score 2 TDs in final game

November 18, 2001|By Adam S. Reisinger | Adam S. Reisinger,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - Going into his final game, Towson senior Darnell "Sporty" Evans guaranteed his coaches a defensive touchdown against Georgetown. He delivered on his promise - twice.

Playing his final college game in front of a hometown crowd, the Bullis Prep alumnus scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers (3-7, 2-5 Patriot League) to a 27-9 win over the Hoyas (3-7, 0-6) yesterday at Kehoe Field.

"I had 30 people coming to the game; it's my hometown," Evans said. "I can't describe it right now. I wanted to go out with a bang, and I played my heart out."

With Towson leading 7-0 late in the first quarter, Evans jumped on an out route and intercepted Sean Peterson's pass at the Towson 49. He ran the ball back untouched for a 51-yard touchdown.

"I told my coaches I guarantee them a touchdown today," Evans said. "The last couple games, I took my eye off the ball on the break, but this time I kept my eye on the ball and grabbed it."

After the play, the defense gathered around a posing Evans and lingered in the end zone, drawing an excessive-celebration penalty, which caused Ed Kulic to miss the 35-yard extra point.

However, not even Towson coach Gordy Combs could fault the Tigers for letting out the frustrations that have grown with the five-game losing streak they brought into yesterday's game, a streak that left them with their second-worst record in Combs' tenure.

"I didn't get upset," Combs said. "I know I was as frustrated as they were, so I let them go ahead and let it go. You have to bite the bullet and let the kids do some things."

The day only got better in the second half when Evans scooped up a fumble by Peterson and returned it 70 yards for his second score of the game and third of his career.

"I didn't expect two, but it's a blessing," Evans said. "In football, you always remember your last game. I'm definitely going to remember this one."

The Tigers also got a big performance from a player making his first start, sophomore Matt Romeo. The tailback, playing in place of the injured Noah Read, ran for a career-high 158 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns.

"I felt really comfortable," Romeo said. "Last week, I got my feet wet ... so I felt good about having [the starting job] today."

Romeo got the Tigers off on the right foot, rushing for 52 yards on nine carries on the second drive of the game. He topped the sequence off with a 6-yard score, Towson's first first-quarter points of the season.

"Got that monkey off our back - it was a gorilla by the 10th game," Combs said.

Towson 13 7 7 0 - 27

Georgetown 0 3 0 6 - 9

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