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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Evangel's terrific twosome

There will be much more to come on Calvary and Evangel and Benton in the coming days but I wanted to point out a couple of guys for the Eagles who really caught my eye during their 35-point romp over Newman in the 2A quarterfinals: sophomore running back/receiver Virgil Williams and freshman defensive end Jermauria Rasco.

At 5-foot-7, 140-pounds, Williams has added a much-needed spark to an unusually staid Evangel offense in the postseason. In three playoff games, Williams has scored seven touchdowns - three against Newman, including one on the first play from scrimmage.

Williams had been playing defense throughout much of the season but Evangel head coach John Bachman got the idea to move their little stick of dynamite over to offense once the weather got cooler and the games got tighter.

"We just got another bullet in our gun," Bachman said after Friday's game.

As for Rasco, I can't imagine a more horrifying thought than having to line up across from this 6-3, 230-pounder in 2010. To borrow a phrase from Sports Illustrated's Austin Murphy, Rasco could well be a "helmeted Godzilla wreaking havoc on innocent teenagers." I've played in and watched thousands of football games in my life - I've never seen a more physically impressive ninth-grader than this dude.

"I'm just lucky I have him for the next three years," Bachman said.

Ok, there will be more to come later today, Thursday and Friday. And, sorry for those Evangel-haters, there will be much more about the Eagles.


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