By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports
How can it be possible that a guy completes 24 of 26 passes for seven touchdowns and 501 yards and isn’t really the story of the game?
Who is going to believe that?
Well, for one, Huntington’s Kam Evans is going to believe it. And he’s the guy who threw for all those yards and all those touchdowns as the Raiders beat Minden 60-27 Friday night at Independence Stadium in a District 1-4A game.
“We executed all week in practice with our passing game,” Evans said. “That was the hard part. Coming out here in the game, that’s the easy part. I feel like we put it all together.”
As amazing as Evans’ numbers were, the performance of the Raiders’ wide receiver corps was even more impressive. Led by three players who each had 100 yards receiving, they caught everything in sight.
It didn’t matter what Evans threw – everything from a quick screen to a go route way down the field – the Huntington receivers caught them all. If there was a catch to be made, they made it.
You’d think they’d have dropped a few of those passes just by accident.
All Evans had to do was throw it. Tre Carter (6 catches for 171 yards), Jarvis Davis (7-122), Kaleb Tucker (3-101) led a receiving group that had four different players catch touchdown passes.
“We are special at that position – and two of them (Davis and Tucker) are only sophomores,” Huntington coach Stephen Dennis said.
They are also pretty special at another position – quarterback.
Evans completed his first seven passes, then had an incompletion. But the only blemish the rest of the way was an interception as time was running out at the end of the first half.
That must have really hacked Evans off because he completed all 12 passes in the second half for 281 yards. “Even when something bad happens, we have a ‘next play’ mentality,” Evans said.
That certainly helps when the next play was almost always a completion. The Raiders just about completely abandoned the run game in the second half because they didn’t need it. On three consecutive series, they had two-play touchdown drives that came from 52, 74 and 56 yards.
What is even more impressive is that Evans had been battling a shoulder injury for the last two weeks. Even with his performance against the Tide, he said he was still only about “85 percent.”
And he was about two feet away from having an eighth touchdown pass. Davis caught a 12-yard pass late in the third quarter and got tackled inside the one-yard line. Jamarion Mims ran it in on the next play.
The Crimson Tide didn’t just sit back and watch the impressive Raider offense, though. Minden’s option attack gave the Raiders fits, particularly in the first half. In fact, a 63-yard run on a quarterback keeper by Jakobe Jackson made it 22-21 on the opening possession of the second half.
Huntington’s response? Four possessions, four touchdowns.
“I felt like there was a little lull there where we sat around and waited for them to mess up instead of us taking control of the game,” Dennis said. “Minden has got some guys who can make some plays.”
The Crimson Tide ran for 328 yards with fullback Daylin Robinson leading the way with 155 yards on 19 carries.
Huntington is now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the district. Minden is 1-4 and 0-2 in 1-4A.
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Huntington 60, Minden 27
Score by quarters
Minden | 0 | 14 | 7 | 6 | – 27
Huntington | 14 | 8 | 22 | 16 | – 60
Hunt – Tre Carter 8 pass from Kam Evans (John Solomon run)
Hunt – Carter 75 pass from Evans (run failed)
Min – Jaylin Williams 18 pass from Jakobe Jackson (Elijah Lingenfelter kick)
Hunt – Kenton Brossett 17 pass from Evans (Carter pass from Evans)
Min – Daylen Robinson 2 run (Lingenfelter kick)
Min – Jackson 63 run (Lingenfelter kick)
Hunt – Jarvis Davis 12 pass from Evans (Solomon run)
Hunt – Jamarion Mims 1 run (Carter pass from Evans)
Hunt – Brossett 16 pass from Evans (pass failed)
Hunt – Kaleb Tucker 70 pass from Evans (Solomon pass from Evans)
Min – Robinson 62 run (pass failed)
Hunt – Carter 12 pass from Evans (Solomon run)
Rushing – Minden (56-328), Robinson 19-155, Jackson 18-121, Cameron Mitchell 11-52, Dunovan Robinson 3-10, Ladarion Robinson 1-7, Jaylyn Hawk 1-minus-1, Hudson Brown 1-minus-3, Team 2-minus-13. Huntington (14-119), Mims 5-96, Evans 3-16, Solomon 4-1, Isaiah Cotton 1-9, Nyles Hullaby 1-minus-3.
Passing – Minden (4-10-0-35), Jackson 4-10-0, 35 yards. Huntington (24-26-1-511), Evans 24-26-1, 501 yards, Lorenzo White 2-3-0, 10 yards
Receiving – Minden, Williams 2-29, Robinson 2-6. Huntington, Carter 6-171, Davis 7-122, Turner 3-101, Brossett 4-51, Solomon 2-23, Jimmy Anderson 1-24, Mims 1-9, Darius Burkins 1-7, Preston Summage 2-3.