FORT WORTH - The myth that the Everman Bulldogs (8-4) are a one man show was put to rest Friday night at Chisholm Trail High School as the Bulldogs advanced to the regional semi-finals with an impressive 42-23 win over Wichita Falls Rider (7-5). Star running back Kierre Crossley went down in the second quarter with an injury and did not return but senior running back Dekoven Jefferson and sophomore Kenneth Johnson combined for 194 yards on the ground to pace the Bulldogs ground based attack. Crossley in nearly two quarters of action did still manage 123 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Everman jumped out to a 27-0 lead with a dominant first half defensive effort holding Rider to just 12 rushing yards in the first half. The Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions of the half, while allowing just two first downs. Leading 3-0 after a short Fabian Cruz field goal, Everman struck with a 23 yard touchdown pass from Michael Boone to Jyron Hill to make it 10-0 EHS. After an interception by Darien Davis Everman took the ball back and quickly made it 17-0 early in the second quarter as Crossley scored from 31 yards out.
The domination continued later in the second quarter as Boone and Hill hooked up once again on a 20 yard touchdown pass, as Hill made a fantastic catch in the end zone to make it 24-0. The Bulldogs would tack on a field goal to go up 27-0 as DE Brian Aguilar got an interception to set the Bulldogs up deep in the red zone.
Wichita Falls Rider would finally get some momentum early in the second half, stopping Everman on downs and then switching a Single Wing style offense. The switch in styles worked as Texas Tech commit WR T.J. Vasher was in one on one coverage and he shook loose for a fifty yard catch and run to put the ball in the Everman red zone. ROHO would capitalize as Darrien Fleeks scored from a yard out, the two point try was good and Everman’s lead was cut to 27-8. Any hopes of a Rider miracle comeback were ended late in the third quarter as Boone hooked up with Chase Hall for a 32 yard touchdown pass to make it 35-8 Everman as Boone and Hill hooked up on the two point try.
The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but by then the result of the game wasn’t in doubt. “The kids played well, we’ve gotten healthy the past few weeks and we had a great defensive first half. Kierre went out, but our sophomore Johnson is pretty good too,” said Everman HC Dale Keeling.
Everman next week will take on Canyon on Saturday in Vernon at a time to be determined in the Class 5A Region I Division II Semi-Finals.