By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
With every game he plays, Lawrence Evitt rewrites the Wagoner High School football record books and the 5-foot-7, 165-pound junior running back also has been wearing out football fields at the same time.
His latest achievement came this past Friday when he scooted for a game-high 408 yards rushing on 31 carries and scored six touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 44-27 win against Oologah.
For his efforts, he becomes the Phoenix Player of the Week for the second time this season. That’s never been done in Wagoner’s storied history. He was exhausted after this weekend.
“I was running hard and you just get tired after a long night,” he said.
It also was a special night for Evitt.
“We have a little deal here,” he said with a laugh. “If I get more than 300 yards rushing in a game, I get to throw a halfback pass. I was especially proud of my linemen, they were phenomenal. It turned out to be a good night.”
It was the first time this season for Evitt to have at least 300 rushing yards. His previous single-game high was 244 against Catoosa on Sept. 21.
Evitt now has 1,643 yards rushing for the season, breaking the previous school single-season record of 1,621 yards set by Kevin Peterson a year ago in the Bulldogs’ drive to the Class 4A state championship.
Coach Dale Condict shakes his head in amazement over what he’s seen from Evitt this season.
“I knew he was capable of doing a lot, but he’s surpassing my expectations,” he said. “We had high hopes for him. Coming through our program, we knew he was gifted.”
Evitt was timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to this season. That’s also a school record, breaking the previous mark of 4.38 by Peterson.
Evitt’s goal now is to reach 2,000 yards before the regular season ends. Averaging 13.5 per carry through seven games, it’s well within reach with three games left.
“If I keep working hard at it, I think I can get it,” he said.
Given a few playoff games the defending state champions will play, it’ll be a lock before he hangs it up.
Undefeated Cleveland will pose a test Thursday as Wagoner hosts what should decide the District 4A-3 title. Cleveland beat Miami 41-0 this past Friday night.
Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner — Rushed for 408 yards on 31 carries and scored six touchdowns in the 44-27 win against Oologah.
Mason McMillan, Tahlequah — Rushed for 129 yards on 42 carries and scored a touchdown in the 20-15 loss to Tulsa Central.
Jake Gandara, Fort Gibson — Rushed for 184 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 73 and 4 yards while returning a kickoff 67 yards for a TD in the 56-28 win against Muldrow.
J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson — Completed four of eight passes for 102 yards and an 18-yard TD while running for 150 yards on 10 carries and two TDs on runs of 43 and 40 yards in the win against Muldrow.
Chandler Plunkett, Hilldale — Completed nine of 15 passes for 148 yards and five touchdowns on throws of 20, 14, 13, 26 and 32 yards while rushing for 40 yards on four carries and an 18-yard TD in the 49-7 win against Locust Grove.
Jamaul Cullom, Hilldale — Had a team-leading 10 tackles with a sack, two tackles for aloss and an interception against Locust Grove.
Tramal Ivy, Muskogee — Had three solo tackles, 11 assists, two hurries and an interception in the 13-10 loss to Sapulpa.
Ty Beasley, Muskogee — Had five solo tackles including one for a loss and six assists against Sapulpa.
Brayden Scott, Sequoyah — Completed 15 of 21 passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns in the 42-7 win against Sperry.
Trevor Eubanks, Keys — Rushed for 210 yards on 12 carries in the 33-13 win against Lincoln Christian,
Cody Cole, Keys — Rushed for 160 yards and scored twice in the win against Lincoln Christian.
Tyler Addy, Checotah — Completed 18 of 26 passes ford 136 yards and a TD in the 22-13 win against Stigler.
Cade Shearwood, Stigler — Completed 12 of 32 passes for 85 yards and ran for 91 yards on 27 carries and another TD in the loss to Checotah.
Jonathan Finny, Vian — Ran for 90 yards on just nine carries and scored on touchdown runs of 37 and 10 yards in the 82-0 win against Hugo.
Eric Casey, Vian — Accounted for three touchdowns with a 50-yard run, 45-yard interception return and 55-yard reception.
Landon Decker, Vian — Completed both of his passes for 61 yards and touchdowns of 12 and 49 yards.
Rowdy Simon, Vian — Carried the ball four times for 65 yards and two touchdowns of 12 and 35 yards.
Riley Simon, Vian — Blocked a punt and made 10 tackles.
Alex Wheeland, Haskell — Rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries including a 95-yard TD in the 41-20 loss to Okemah.
Britt Williams, Haskell — Made 19 tackles and caused two fumbles against Okemah.
Kyle Taylor, Warner — Ran just nine times for 208 yards and for three touchdowns of 43, 90 and 42 yards in the 60-29 win against Summit Christian.
Anthony Carney, Warner — Completed four of six passes fo 128 yards and a 61-yard TD pass against Summit Christian.
Dakota Tassey, Warner — Caught two passes for 108 yards, including a 61-yard TD catch against Summit Christian.
Jacob Richardson, Porter — Rushed for 135 yards on 17 carries and a TD in the 39-19 loss to Fairland.