Devontae Shepherd rocks.
Dionte Evans rolls.
Together they form the twin-terror tandem backfield that could very well put the Cross Trojans in line to win the school’s second straight Class A Div. II state championship.
If the 69-0 win over first round opponent Lincoln proved anything, it is that Shepherd and Evans are almost impossible to touch much less tackle.
Evans rushed for five first-half touchdowns and Shepherd three as the Trojans rolled to a 69-0 first round playoff win over Lincoln.
For Coach Shaun Wright, it was about shaking off the rust coming off the last bye-week of the regular season, and being playoff ready.
“Coming off the bye I thought we were a little anxious with the penalties but thought we took advantage of what Lincoln was giving us,” he said. “It’s always tough getting your team focused when you play a team twice.”
Evans and Shepherd traded touchdowns as the Trojans scored on every possession except their last in the first half.
Evans scored on touchdown runs of 43, 23, 18, 74, and 21 yards while Shepherd scored on runs of 21, 37, and 6 yards to take a 50-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
Wright praised his offensive lines for opening up the holes through which Evans and Shepherd ran, and the defense play in the trenches.
“What I’m impressed with is our continued play on the offensive and defensive lines,” he said. “We will need them as we continue onto the second round. Also very encouraging to see us finally get some interceptions.”
Defensive backs Tyler Middleton and Roger Ravenell picked off the Trojans’ first two interceptions of the season.
Cross will face Timmonsville in the second round, the team the Trojans beat last year in the Lower State finals to earn its first trip to the Class A, Div. II state title game in Columbia.”
“We have put Lincoln to bed and we focus our attention on Timmonsville,” Wright said. “Coach Tate has been around for a long time and is amongst the winningest coaches in the state. They are extremely athletic and fast.”
Wright said his team has to be ready. The competition only gets tougher from here.
“Timmonsville struggled like us early but have seemed to turn their season around. We will need a great week of preparing and we will let it hang out on Friday. This is fun times and why you play and coach.”
Kickoff in Cross at Ravenell Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.