SHREVEPORT, La (KMSS / KTAL) – No one likes being scheduled for the return of an opposing team. This is one of the universal facts of high school sports. If you’re slated for your opponent’s return, it’s normally because he thinks he’s going to join the weekend festivities with an easy win. And while it’s a universal fact that you schedule an easy opponent to come home, on the other hand, there are few feelings better than ruining your opponent’s big night. That’s exactly the task the Huntington Raiders faced last Friday night at Preston Crownover Stadium: playing a spoiler on the return of the Parkway Panthers.
âWe came into the game with a lack of respect for their home game,â said Raiders junior quarterback Kam Evans. âThey probably didn’t even choose us, but we were disrespected. So I came into the game like ‘why did they choose us? And curled up on top of them. It was like practice.
The first half probably felt like training for the Raiders. The offense exploded for 32 points in the first half, shocking the Panthers in the process. The Raiders ultimately hung on for the 38-31 victory, a victory Raiders head coach Steven Dennis sees as a landmark win for his program.
âI think it’s a big problem. Anytime you play in a 5A school as a 4A school and come out victorious, I think that’s a big deal for any 4A program, âsaid coach Dennis.
At just his third start, Evans was electric: 24 of 38, 378 yards and three pass touchdowns, adding another with his feet. His head coach thinks Evans’s potential is very high.
âI keep pinching myself and telling myself that unless there is an injury or something, we get to be a part of something special here with him. He’s going to help us take the next step as a program, âsaid coach Dennis.
Evans is trying to take it to the next level as a player, and with spreaders like Zyion Claville and Kendrick Rucker both showing D-1 offers, it makes growth much easier for Evans.
“I feel like I put the ball in their hand, they take care of me, and if they put the ball in my hand, I take care of them, so we trust each other and go out together,” Evans said. Evans was also quick to note that Kendrick Rucker had yet to play for the Raiders this season and that Zyion Claville missed Game 1, meaning that attack only scratched the surface of his potential. “It’s going to be scary where we are at the end of the season.”
For Evans for 391 yards and four total touchdown performances, he’s this week’s Chevy Marketplace Player of the Week.