Evans has monster season for Warriors

Published 10:20 pm Friday, December 6, 2019

X’zavion Evans was voted Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after attaining 1,700 yards for the season in the Warriors’ region semifinal game.

The Nansemond River High School football team once again had a strong year under Coach Justin Conyers’s direction. They finished 9-3, with their season coming to an end in the Class 5A region semifinal. Evans had a big season for the Warriors team, totaling more than 1,700 rushing yards to go along with 20-plus touchdowns as well. Evans stated that the accomplishment was big for him, but he had hoped to do more to get a win for his team.

“The last game didn’t go as planned, but as a whole, we had a great season,” Evans said. “We won, and we learned a lot. I really wasn’t focused on surpassing 1,700 yards. I was just trying to go out there and make plays, but it’s a great accomplishment.”

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Evans transferred from Deep Creek High School after having an up-and-down junior campaign due to a high ankle sprain. Over the summer, he focused on building his body and getting stronger to help prevent major injuries from hampering his final season of high school football. In the version of the Wing-T offense the Warriors run, they accumulated more than 300 rushing yards a game, with Evans pulling in multiple 200-yard rushing games throughout the season as a power back. His goal was to be the best he could be on the field, and he aimed for a 2,000-yard season.

“I feel I had a great season, and I can always improve in some part of my game,” Evans said. “But it definitely was the best season of my high school career.”

Evans sports the number 22 on the field, a number he has worn since he was 4 years old, and jokingly admitted that he ascribes a little luck to it. His family is his motivation every time he steps onto the field, and his passion comes from the game.

“My family has been a high supporting system for me since day one, so I do it all for them,” Evans said.”

Evans called his senior year a great experience, as he has built bonds that will last a long time. He came in with the mindset of just coming in and take care of business on and off the field. Evans has plans to possibly play at the next level but continues to weigh his options.