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Kyle Evans shoulders the load for Meade football

Meade running back Kyle Evans, shown during an August scrimmage, has rushed for at least 130 yards and a touchdown in all six games this fall. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Steady rain altered game plans across the area Friday night, but that wasn’t much of a problem for Kyle Evans and Meade.

Anne Arundel County’s leading rusher shredded Southern’s defense for 367 yards on 41 carries, leading the No. 13 Mustangs to a 51-36 victory. Evans also scored three touchdowns, including a 65-yard run shortly after the game was delayed because of lightning.

“With the way the rain was, I said, ‘Sure, let’s just keep running it,’” Coach Rich Holzer said. “I think they knew he was fast, but they didn’t know he was that strong and that physical, too.”

Thanks in part to another dominant performance by his offensive line, Evans had his most productive game of the season against Southern (3-3, 3-3 Anne Arundel). The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior ranks second in the area with 1,266 rushing yards and has rushed for more than 160 yards in five of his first six games this season.

Evans is still relatively new to the backfield after spending his freshman and sophomore seasons as a wide receiver. When he first transitioned to running back at the beginning of last season, he had a tendency to bounce every run outside, with varying degrees of success.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the weekend of football in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

“He wanted to use his speed,” Holzer said, “but the kid can bench press like 330 pounds. We’ve had to teach him to stay inside.”

Holzer said that Evans attends the team’s usual weight training workouts, then does some additional lifting under the supervision of his father, Vern Evans, who played quarterback at Minnesota.

Holzer called the additional father-son workouts “some next-level stuff.”

“It helps a lot,” Evans said of his strength. “It gets defenders off me, it helps me break tackles, stuff like that. It’s the difference between gaining a few extra yards, or adding yards onto a run.”

Evans has one offer from Toledo but is beginning to draw interest from a number of other Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including Purdue, Bowling Green and East Carolina. He already has a level of familiarity with the recruiting process after watching his older brother, Galen Evans, commit to Old Dominion a few years ago.

“When he visited schools, I used to go with him,” Evans said. “A lot of coaches would talk to me just while I was there.”

Evans said he will visit Purdue in a few weeks, but his main focus is getting the Mustangs (5-1, 5-1) back to the Maryland 4A playoffs, where they lost to eventual state champion Wise last season.

Meade’s coaching staff fully believes that Evans can reach the 2,000-yard mark, which is no small feat in a 10-game regular season.

“He has a natural God-given ability, but he works his rear end off,” Holzer said. “I don’t understand why he doesn’t have more offers. He’s a legit Division I, BCS-type kid.”

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