Evans Named Coach of the Year
Groves High School boys basketball coach Kevin Evans has been named Coach of the Year for Region 3-AAA for the 2020- 21 season.
In his first year of leading the Garden City based school, Evans posted a 9-9 overall record and a 4-2 mark in region play.
Evans, 27, took over the team this season after Xavier Woods stepped down to concentrate on his duties as athletic director. Evans spent three years working under Woods as an assistant.
Groves began the season with four straight losses before winning back-to-back games against Beach and New Hampstead.
The Rebels made their first trip to the state tournament since 2018-19 and lost to Americus-Sumter in the opening round.
In addition to Evans winning coaching accolades, four of his players were recognized for their play during the pandemic shortened season. Jerald Colonel and Tremaine Johnson were named the first team all region squad while I’Keen Johnson made second team and Alexander Williams was honorable mention. With only two seniors on the team, expect for Evans, a 2011 Groves alumnus, to have the Rebels back in the state playoffs next season.
Johnson Participates In GSU Pro Day
Former Savannah State football player Michael Johnson participated in the Georgia Southern Pro Day on March 25 in Statesboro.
Johnson performed before NFL scouts from nine teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
During the workouts Johnson had 25 reps in the bench press, had a broad jump of 8.0 and a vertical jump of 22 1/2. He also was timed at 5.4 in the 40 yard dash and had a shuttle run of 5.27.
The Virginia native thought he did well in front of the scouts. “The day was great altogether. I was hoping for a better time on the 40 but it was still a good day,” he stated.
The 6-foot-5 offensive lineman who has a wingspan of 82 5/8 and a arm length of 33 1/4 is now preparing himself for the HBCU NFL Combine in Birmingham on April 9-10.
“I am extremely grateful that the combine invited me. I plan to go out there and be the best lineman there.”
Tigers Clobber Middle Georgia State 85-0
The Savannah State football
team set a scoring record on March 27 in their 85-0 win over a hapless Middle Georgia State team, in a game played at TA Wright Stadium.
The 85 points scored were the most in school history and the most since 1980 when the Tigers beat Fisk 77-0.
SSU’s offense produced 389 yards while the defense limited the Knights to just six yards and intercepted five passes. Savannah State also had 117 yards in penalties.
Ten different Tigers found the end zone with Latrelvin Blackamore, Christon Johnson and Jameson Pettiford returning interceptions for touchdowns. Starting quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons ran and passed for scores while UGA transfer Mason Wood ran for a pair of touchdowns. Ameen Stevens, aSavannah native who transferred from Lenoir-Rhyne, scored on a 65 yard run and Jordan Grant ran for a 23 yard touchdown while Jorge Gonzalez set a new school record by kicking eight extra points.
Wood led SSU with 84 yards rushing while Walter Yates had six tackles.
Savannah State led 31-0 at the end of the first quarter and 71-0 at intermission. No scoring was done in the third quarter but the Tigers tacked on 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Middle Georgia plays club football and had about 35 players on its roster. The Knights have been playing club football for a while and in 2013 played for the National Club Football Association Championship.
EWC Rallies Past Savannah State
Edward Waters scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on to defeat the Savannah State baseball team 7-4 in the inaugural Jax Diamond Classic on March 22 in Jacksonville, Florida.
SSU scored twice in the second inning for the early lead but Edward Waters made it a 2-1 game with a run in the bottom of the fifth. A two run triple by Jaden Oden increased the Savannah State lead to 4-1 in the seventh. EWC scored six runs on four hits in the eighth to pull ahead and get the victory.
Gabriel Patxot hit a double for SSU while Oden had a triple. Jackson Hickox pitched for five innings for SSU and struck out two batters while Matthew Terrill pitched two innings and struck out three. Matthew Henderson lasted two thirds of a inning on the hill but surrendered four runs. Christian Harkey relieved Henderson and gave up two runs to take the loss.