Cuyahoga Falls High was a stepping stone for Dave Evans, earning three letters in both football and baseball. As a tackle for Muskingum College, he played alongside a brother, end Winslow "Wink" Evans, in 1939 and 1940. In addition to All-Conference for three years, Evans made All-Ohio his last two and Little All-American his senior year. As a 1941 Muskingum graduate, he played with the Midwest All-Stars against the professional Cleveland Rams. Wartime service took him to Navy pre-flight school in Iowa where in 1942 Evans played with Bernie Bierman's Iowa Seahawks.