Argo’s Davonte Evans gets a block from quarterback Deiontae McDonald during a 52-33 win over Reavis on Oct. 1. Evans scored three touchdowns and McDonald had two scores in the game. Photo by Steve Metsch
High School Football: Argo’s Davonte Evans scores three TDs in win over Reavis
By Steve Metsch
Late in the fourth quarter, after a play during which it took four or five Reavis defenders to bring Argo’s Davonte Evans to the turf, someone on the Rams’ sideline hollered, “How hard is it to tackle him?”
Evans answered that question.
“Really hard. Very hard,” the fast and powerful junior wide receiver said after scoring three touchdowns in a 52-33 win over Reavis on Oct. 1. “You’re going to need to put much effort in to tackle me. But I’m going to stay humble. I’m going to keep working, get better and stronger.”
Reavis coach Tim Zasada had his own take on Evans.
“We didn’t have an answer for him,” he said. “He just took over. He was a man amongst boys.”
Evans’ efforts helped the Argonauts (3-3 overall, 1-3 South Suburban Red) break a three-game losing streak.
Senior quarterback Deiontae McDonald also contributed to the cause, throwing three touchdown passes – two to Evans — and running for two more in a big win for a program that had gone 1-14 between 2019 and the six-game 2021 spring season. Argo has games remaining against Oak Forest (2-4, 1-3 SSC Blue ), Oak Lawn (3-3, 1-2 SSC Red) and Shepard (2-4, 2-1 SSC Red)).
Reavis fell to 3-3, 1-2 SSC Red.
McDonald and Evans, who played football together in grade school, teamed up for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 33-yard scoring strike in the fourth.
“That’s my brother,” Evans said. “We talk in the huddle. We listen to the coaches, run our routes and we just go crazy after that.”
Argonauts’ players doused coach Tim Connelly with Gatorade in the post-game huddle. A damp and smiling Connelly later called the victory “one of the biggest” of his career.
It also provided a little payback. In the 2019 season, Reavis recovered five of six onside kicks in a rout of Argo.
Argo returned the favor this year, recovering all four onside kicks it attempted.
“Their offense was driving on us,” Connelly said, noting Reavis led 27-24 at halftime. “I wanted to keep the ball out of their hands. Our defense stepped up at the end.”
One onside kick began the second half.
The trickery led to a 33-yard touchdown scamper down the right side by Evans. Argo led 30-27 at 5:21 of the third quarter after the 2-point try failed.
Argo then recovered another onside kick and senior running back Diego Ramirez soon scored from one yard. Evans’ 2-point conversion made it 38-27 with 1:23 left in the third.
Only then did Reavis (3-3, 1-2) finally get its hands back on the football.
“We’re a good offensive team, but when you don’t have the ball …” Reavis coach Tim Zasada said. “Credit them. They had a nice little plan and we had no answer for it. Special teams and [the Rams’] lack of defense won the game.”
Senior running back Hakeem Yasin scored two touchdowns for Reavis, and senior running back Korey Maloney added another.
Sophomore receiver Nick Gomez caught a 15-yard scoring pass from junior quarterback Nick Caceres to give the Rams their first lead, 20-16, with 8:21 left in the first half.
“I think our team felt like the game was over in the first half,” Caceres said. “We didn’t come out ready, especially on special teams.”
McDonald opened the scoring at 8:57 of the first with a 27-yard pass to senior receiver Gaven Velano.
“This is our rivalry game,” McDonald said. “They’ve been talking all week. We had to come in here and handle business.”
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