By GERARDO RECINOS
In his first start after being named the starting quarterback at the University of La Verne, Josh Evans nearly guided his team back from a late 14-point deficit against Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Evans, who graduated from Alhambra in 2015, is a sophomore at La Verne, and was named the Leopard’s starter after seeing little action as a true freshman. This year he got the nod and ran for a touchdown and threw for another in his first start.
Evans was 13-28 passing in the game, something he will surely want to work on, but threw for 229 yards. On the ground he showed off the fleet feet that folks at Knowles Field will remember.
Evans ran for 78 yards on nine attempts including a long of 35 yards that resulted in his first rushing touchdown.
Evans scored on a fake to the running back and ran the draw play to perfection, going in untouched right through the middle of the field.
That would’ve been his top highlight of the afternoon if it weren’t for the 53-yard pass to receiver Alex Arellano on fourth down and 11 with only 1:17 on the clock.
Evans’ connection with Arellano left the Leopards down 31-29, but the Alhambra alum couldn’t convert for two points on the ensuing play to make things interesting.