Once again look for the Everman Bulldogs to be right in the thick of things not only in a very tough district 8-4A but also in the mix to compete for a Regional Title in a brutal Region 1 in 2007. The Bulldogs appeared to be less than 40 yards away from their first ever trip in Class 4A to the Regional Finals, but a late interception sealed Everman's fate in a 20-16 loss to eventual Regional Champion Wolfforth Frenship. Everman who finished 9-4 in 2006 has advanced to the Regional Semi-Finals 3 straight years and they've lost those 3 games by a combined 7 points, and the three losses have been in heartbreaking fashion each and every time. It shows the kind of program that HC Dale Keeling has developed at EHS, that the playoff heartbreak hasn't slowed the program down in the least and with several key offensive players back and a bevy of athletes from super talented subvarsity squads expect Everman to be elite again in 2007.
On offense Everman will be led by QB Sedrick Harris, Harris who didn't start the Bulldogs first two games earned second team all 8-4A honors throwing for 1279 yards and 13 touchdowns. Harris also chipped in over 500 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. The ground game will feature a two headed monster of three year starter C.J. Jennings who for the second straight season was first team all-district, Jennings who can line up at FB or TB rushed for 1300 yards and 14 touchdowns. He'll be joined by junior speedster Ryan Smith who earned a late season call-up from JV and impressed in the Bulldogs area playoff win over Birdville rushing for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns on 18 carries. Everman will feature a strong offensive line that is anchored by three 3 year starters including 2 way all-district performer Jerrell Jones. Jones is the little guy of the offensive line as he goes 240, he's joined by Center Kenyon Rubell (280lbs), Tackle Terrell Threats (305lbs) and Tackle Tristan Davis (280lbs). Everman does have questions at receiver as they graduated 3 excellent WR's all of whom will be playing on Saturdays.
Everman's defense did take some hits especially in the secondary and developing the typical speedy, swarming, hard hitting Bulldog defense will be critical if Everman wants to compete on a bigger scale in 2007. The Bulldogs never have a shortage of athletes so the job is made easier, but with youth comes mistakes in most cases and with a tough non-district schedule Everman may make some early mistakes. Jerrell Jones will anchor the defensive line along with quick interior lineman Brejuan Johnson who also will double as a fullback in short yardage situations. Johnson made several big plays on the defensive line as a junior. Junior Defensive End Lee Langston should be able to step up and be Everman's speed rusher off the edge, Langston saw limited time on Varsity as a sophomore but was hampered by injuries in 2006. Darius Busby is the key returner at linebacker as he is the lone returning starter in Everman's back 7.
This could be a big year for Everman or it could be a big disappointment, as I don't see much middle ground. If Everman can fill some big holes on defense they could go a long way, as they have a big powerful offensive line and two big time backs and a QB who is solid and has proven he can give Everman a viable passing game. Everman has some excellent young prospects at wide receiver and how they develop will be huge as well. As always being a small 4A school a lack of depth and potential injuries are key concerns for the EHS staff heading into 2007.