Europe Athletes of the Week: Oct. 11, 2012
Last week - Evans, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior running back, rushed for 313 yards and six touchdowns and added a 70-yard punt return for a TD Saturday as the Barons blanked previously unbeaten SHAPE in a Division II-North game. Because of the DODDS-Europe courtesy rule, the game was officially reported as 44-0 in Bitburg’s favor, but play continued after that score was reached and Evans made some big ones.
Evans, who runs the 40 in 4.35 seconds, according to Bitburg coach Mike Laue, found the end zone on six of his 15 rushes. Averaging an eye-popping 20.87 yards per carry, Evans scored on runs from scrimmage which covered 30, 54, 5, 60, 21 and 90 yards. His 70-yard punt-return TD propelled him to 122 yards on four returns for an average of 30.5 yards per return.
“C.J. runs inside and outside,” Laue wrote about his senior, who already has rushed for 914 yards and 17 touchdowns so far this season. “C.J.’s strengths are his speed and his vision on the field.”
Last week - Evans, a 6-foot sophomore middle blocker-hitter who transferred from Utah this season, put away 38 total kills Saturday at Wiesbaden to lift the Lancers to 3-0 and 3-2 victories over Division I opponents Vilseck and Wiesbaden, respectively.
“Eliza is very aggressive, varies her attacks and is just an overall instinctive player,” Lakenheath coach Mike Mickenberg wrote in a Monday email about his prize import. “Her strength is not in power but the instinct to find the open spot to place the ball there.”
Mickenberg noted that Evans, despite her youth, has been a steadying influence, too.
“She was very dependable, especially against Wiesbaden,” Mickenberg wrote. “I put her in a different rotation so we could score the first points in the fifth game, giving our young team a motivational edge.”
The strategy paid off – Lakenheath won the decider 16-14 to go to 5-1 for the season. Evans, whom Mickenberg said errs only rarely, contributed defensively, too, to the 3-2 victory with 11 digs.