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The saying goes it is always nice to go home and Georgetown College assistant Eddie Eviston could not agree more. He has gotten to do it more than once in his professional career. He returned to his native town of Newport as head coach at Newport Central Catholic. Then this past spring stepped on the campus at Georgetown as offensive coordinator.
"This is home," Eviston said. "It is refreshing and not much has changed. There are some new faces that I'm meeting, but it's nice to be back."
Thursday's home opener brings him full circle for the Tigers. Kickoff is at 7 pm against NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican.
Eviston will step onto iHigh.com Field as a coach, trying to guide a quarterback that has received a lot of comparison to Eviston, a three-time NAIA Player of the Year and Hall of Famer.
Neal Pawsat has been under center since the fourth game his freshman year. He has thrown for 5,607 yards and 50 touchdowns. Eviston threw for 7,444 yards in his first two seasons and 68 touchdowns.
"He's had success early," Eviston said of Pawsat. "What I do and what I'm working with him on is you can never think what you did yesterday is good enough. As he gets better, we get better."
Eviston understands the pressure Pawsat is under.
"The offense we run, the quarterback is a big deal and it is not a position for everyone," Eviston said. "It takes a special individual, and we have that in Neal.
Eviston's mentor Craig Mullins, also a former Georgetown quarterback, was Pawsat's offensive coordinator the past two seasons.
"I take it as an honor that I can follow Coach Mullins here," Eviston said. "He taught me everything I know about being a quarterback and if I do half the job he did, we'll be in good shape."
It has been a long eight months Eviston has waited for this game and to be on the sidelines where he achieved so much success between the lines. Georgetown won two national titles and was runner-up twice in his four seasons.
"Thursday night is why we do what we do," Eviston said. "As a player or a coach, game day is what you live for. Either a night under the lights or a Saturday afternoon it is always a thrill.
"I'm glad to be back here and really it was almost a no brainer to return to Georgetown."