The Evangel Eagles are no stranger to deep playoff runs, but making a trip to the Dome this season won’t be an easy task. The Eagles lose six starters on the defensive side of the ball, four of which are now playing at Power 5 programs. Evangel is taking the next man up approach to fill those spots.
Byron Dawson said, “Well you know guys just have to step up. You know these guys, they all work hard, and the biggest thing for us is being a great team. Playing as a unit, and so if those guys follow the process of doing the little things, I think those guys will be able to step up to the challenge for sure.”
As for the offense, Blake Shapen is back at QB, so is most of the offensive line, but what will really help is having Tamauge Sloan in the backfield. The senior is expected to have a big season in 2018.
Dawson said, “He can be as good as anybody. Tamauge has had a lot of experience. The big thing is for Tamauge is to have a real breakout year, and really just step up to that role of being the guy.”
The Eagles like to challenge themselves early in the season, this year opening up with Bishop Dunne, North Little Rock, and Duncanville. Coach Dawson says this helps them prepare for those late season slugfests.
Dawson said, “We just feel like iron sharpens iron, so I just think that playing those tough teams really prepare us for the role of playing in a tough district, and then a tough run to win a state championship.”
The goals are always high for Evangel, and this season is no different, but the Eagles are taking things day by day.
Dawson said, “Well, God has called us to be great, and to play with joy, honor him. So, we just want to do that. We want to have a lot of faith. We know it’s going to take one game at a time. Coming out and doing the little things, and having fun. That’s important to have fun.”