Daniel Evans, a former quarterback at N.C. State, is the new coach for the St. Davids School eight-man football team.
Evans is the son of former Wolfpack quarterback and NFL player Johnny Evans. Daniel Evans was a football standout at Broughton, graduating in 2004 with 9,899 career passing yards and 104 touchdown passes. He had 3,796 yards and 37 scoring passes as a senior on an 11-2 Broughton team.
Evans, and the other three members of Johnny and Beths quadruplets, attended St. Timothys School before enrolling at Broughton as high school freshmen. Daniel Evans favorite receiver in high school was brother Andrew, who later played wide receiver for the Wolfpack.
Daniel Evans, who follows Wes Wilder at St. Davids, was the Warriors junior varsity coach in 2010 and has coached American football in Turkey in 2011 and 2012. He was not involved in football last fall for the first time since he was a youngster.
I missed it, Daniel Evans said. Im excited to return to coaching.
He said eight-man football uses the same basic principles as the 11-man game.
One key is to get your speedy and shifty players in space where they can make big plays, he said. The field is a little bit more narrow, but there may be more opportunities for big offensive plays.
Evans, like his father, works for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and will be a non-faculty coach at St. Davids.
He is working on his staff.
One of the advantages of eight-man football is that your staff doesnt have to be as big, Evans said. Most of the kids will play both ways so you can coach them all at the same time. Im really looking forward to it.
Rolesville opener: The Rolesville Rams will have a tough assignment in their first varsity football game. Coach Jermaine Evans club will travel to Lee County to face a team that was 9-3 last year and returns rusher Jerry Pullum, who had 1,775 yards in 2013.
Rolesville played a varsity schedule in all sports except football in 2013. The Rams played a junior varsity football schedule.
Football power: The Triangle is expected to have one of its best seasons in high school football this fall. There might be a half dozen teams with legitimate shots at reaching N.C. High School Athletic Association championship games.
Southern Durham won the NCHSAA 3AA championship in 2013 and returns all-star quarterback Kendall Hinton.
Wake Forest played in the 4AA title game and is expected to feature runner Bryce Love, one of the fastest players in the country, and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, one of the top junior prospects in the country.
Middle Creek reached the 4AA semifinals in 2013, and Garner returns Nyheim Hines, who scored 60 touchdowns last fall.
Durham Hillside appears to be capable of making a run and so does Millbrook.
Princeton could contend in 1A behind the running of Johnny Frasier, who some recruiters rank as the top running back prospect in the country.
I cant remember another year when the area had as much overall talent.
Among the openers Aug. 22 will be Garner at Middle Creek, New Bern at Hillside and Fuquay-Varina at Millbrook.
Southern Durham will play at Hillside on Aug. 29.