"We had to make a few adjustments at halftime on defense and stopped their speed outside," said Evarts coach Robert Evans. "The score doesn't show how close the game really was. Cumberland has a heck of a football team.
"We had several players step up. George Cottrell came in and played on the line for us, and for a seventh-grader, he did a great job."
Cody McCreary led the Wildcats with 69 yards on 12 carries. Dakota Layton followed with 67 yards on 17 carries.
"Cody made a couple of touchdown-saving tackles, and Dakota ran the ball hard," said Evarts coach Robert Evans. "We played like we did in the other two games we won. Hopefully, we'll continue that in the next two games."
Evarts opened the scoring on its first possession of the game when McCreary raced 34 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left in the quarter. Larry Hughes added the two-point conversion. The drive covered 61 yards on six plays.
The Redskins fought back with a 56-yard drive on four plays. Chris Johnson scored from the 5-yard line at the 3:24 mark. Shequille Clark had three runs totaling 51 yards during the drive.
Evarts answered with a scoring drive which was capped by Layton's 1-yard run with 7:10 remaining in the first half. Hughes added the two-point conversion. The drive covered 53 yards in eight plays.
Clark recovered a fumble on the Evarts 27 with 1:10 left in the second quarter.
A 22-yard run by Clark gave the Redskins the ball on the 5. Two incomplete passes in the closing seconds allowed Evarts to take a 16-6 halftime advantage.
The only scoring in the second half came with seven minutes to play in the game when Layton scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. Evarts kept the ball nearly seven minutes and covered 51 yards on 11 plays. Layton scored the two-point conversion.
Clark powered the Redskins with 79 yards on 14 carries before suffering an injury in the fourth quarter. Ryan Shepherd added 23 yards on four carries.
Cumberland's Joey Lewis was also injured, leaving the game in the third quarter.
Evarts quarterback Zack Flanary missed the game with an injury. James Hill started in his place
"Zack has been out with a back injury all week, and James stepped in a did an excellent job," said Evarts assistant coach Paul Helton.
Cumberland coach Wes Bailey had no comment after the game.
"We're awfully proud of the offensive line," said Helton. "When you play Evarts up here, you know you're going to get run on, and we're not that different from the high school team.
"Our offensive line made that possible tonight. The defensive line did a good job staying in Cumberland's backfield."
Evarts (3-4) closes the regular season with two games against Leslie County. The Wildcats play host to the Eagles on Thursday and travel to Leslie County on Oct. 17.
Cumberland (3-3) travels to Harlan next week to close the regular season.
Evarts posted an 18-10 win in the fifth- and sixth-grade game.
Cory Logan scored three touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards to lead the Wildcats.
After Evarts took a 6-0 lead, Eddie Conley connected with Tyler Dixon for a 6-yard halfback pass. Conley's two-point conversion run gave Cumberland a two-point advantage.
A safety by Braxton Fields pushed the Cumberland lead to 10-6 at halftime.
Logan took the second-half kickoff and raced 65 yards for a touchdown as the Cats led by two.
Evarts closed the scoring when Logan broke loose for a 34-yard TD.
Conley led the Redskins with 30 yards on 10 carries. Fields complete four passes for 18 yards. Cumberland had 70 total yards.
Annie Boggs, Jacob Cornett, Randy Partin and Josh Howard each recovered fumbles for the Redskins.
Steven Lewis led the Cumberland defense with four tackles. Partin recorded three tackles.
In unreported action from last week, Pineville took an early 14-0 advantage and held on for a 22-12 win.
Larry Hughes and Layton each scored a touchdown for Evarts.
In the fifth- and sixth-grade game, Trevor Ewing, Corey Chorak and Richard Pace scored touchdowns as Evarts shut out the Lions 24-0.
Pace, Ewing and Chorak each added two-point conversions.
The Evarts fifth- and sixth-grade team returns to action Tuesday at home against New Harlan.
Bell County 48
The Bobcats spoiled Harlan's homecoming and stayed unbeaten in Cumberland Valley Conference play with a convincing victory.
Raven Ison scored on a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter to help the Dragons avoid a shutout.
Harlan (2-5 overall, 2-4 conference) plays host to Cumberland on Thursday to close the regular season in a game that could determine the final playoff positions.
Harlan (5-4 overall, 1-3 conference) lost a 6-0 heartbreaker in the fifth- and sixth-grade game, threatening twice in the second half after Bell scored in the second quarter.
Ty Saragas completed passes of 12 yards to Vince Bianch and 20 yards to Jesse Napier in the third quarter. Dustin Hensley added a 20-yard run before a fumble on the Bell 12 ended the threat.
The Dragons drove inside the Bell 30 with less than two minutes left before an interception clinched the victory for the Bobcats.
Hensley led Harlan with 82 yards on nine carries. Saragas completed two of four passes for 32 yards. Napier led the defense with five tackles, while Jared Fuson, Justin Morrisett and Dylan Chasteen each added three.