Soquel High running Tyler Evey rushed for five touchdowns and 221 yards on 20 carries in Saturday’s 41-12 homecoming win over Harbor. Not bad for a back-up.
The Knights were without leading rusher Kyle Evans, the quarterback, and running back Niko Alarcon, the top rusher from last season.
“He’s our third running back,” Knights coach Ron Myers said of Evey. “We do have depth at a few positions. I was just so happy for him. He’s been our scout-team tailback all year. That’s where you take every cheap shot in the world. You’re not supposed to touch him, but he’s taken a beating. He hasn’t whined or cried. So that was really great to see.”
Evey’s yardage total was the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. Evey’s total places him behind Dan Johnston [19 carries for 313 yards in 1977], David Alvarez [12-237, 2004], and Mark Feaster [28-222, 1975].
His touchdown total was tied for the second highest with three players.
New York Jets rookie cornerback Dwight Lowery, a Knights alum, holds the county record with seven touchdowns scored against Sacred Heart Cathedral in 2003. That same year, Lowery scored five against Scotts Valley. Dan Johnston [vs. SLV in 1977] and Dennis Smith [vs. Campbell in 1966] also scored five TDs in a game.