Everman-Arl. Heights Scrimmage Report

TexasPrepInsider begins its tour of DFW area scrimmages with a Saturday morning special between two 4A playoff teams in Everman and Fort Worth Arlington Heights.

EVERMAN- It's never a good thing when the team you are playing puts up more touchdowns that you do first downs and for the Fort Worth Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets that's what happened Saturday morning in their scrimmage against the Everman Bulldogs at Marr Stadium. Everman blistered the AHHS defense to the tune of seven touchdowns, while AHHS managed four first downs and turned the ball over four times in 60 plays of action. Everman's young defense showed signs of being the same old Bulldogs defense led by LB Darius Busby and a trio of talented defensive lineman the EHS defense stifled a young Heights offense.

Everman's first offense took the field and rolled to three touchdowns in their series of 20 plays. FB C.J. Jennings posted two touchdown runs of 37 and 9 yards, while TB Ryan Smth scored from 8 yards out. Everman's series of plays ended on the Heights 27 yard line as the Bulldogs were threatening another score. QB Sedrick Harris who at times seemed unsure of himself and erratic in 2006, was confident in all phases of the game. Harris who has grown about an inch taller and has gained strength ran with much more authority and was decisive in his decision making when throwing the ball. Harris used several different receivers and showed at least early that Everman has a chance for a viable passing game. The Everman second offense took the field next and had more success against the Heights second defense. Sophomore backup QB Barry Browning whose father is an EHS grad and who played football at TCU, looked solid especially running the ball as he showed some nifty moves. Junior RB Ruben Fletcher broke off a 34 yard run on the first play of the series to get the offense jump started. Backup FB Brejuan Johnson scored from 20 yards out for Everman's fourth TD and Fletcher would add a 2 yard touchdown run near the end of the 20 play set.

There really was not much to talk about for the Heights offense as they really had trouble moving the ball. QB Mark Grace was under duress the entire scrimmage and took several big shots, the refs were then forced to blow plays dead early to prevent Grace from being in anymore danger in the face of the Everman pass rush. In a set of 20 plays AHHS managed one first down and turned the ball over twice. Heights' second offense didn't fare too much better although they did avoid turning the ball over but they were only able to notch a single first down.

The EHS first offense came back out and in their set of 20 plays they managed to notch two more touchdowns, both by junior TB Ryan Smith including a sensational 32 yard touchdown run. Smith's other score was from a yard out. Junior TB Ruben Fletcher also saw some time in this set of plays and he looks to be a nice compliment to Everman's already potent ground game. Heights' number one offense came back out and they fared slightly better managing a couple of first downs but they also turned the ball over two more times.

For Everman, the secondary still is untested. The Bulldogs may start two sophomores and they'll still need to be tested and they may see that test on Thursday as I expect Western Hills to throw the ball more. The EHS front seven looks to be strong but the youth is still a concern, on offense Coach Keeling and the staff has to feel good about the start. Coach Christian and the Heights staff will likley have a lot of work to do, AHHS looks very young and they don't have the talent or size they've had in years past. It could be a long year in West Fort Worth.

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