2008 Team Insider: Everman Bulldogs

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It was a breakthrough season for the Everman Bulldogs and despite the disappointing loss to Highland Park in the State Semi-Finals, the Bulldogs had a season to remember. Not only did EHS post a 14-1 mark but they made their deepest playoff run since 2002 when they won the Class 3A State Championship, but Everman also won their first ever regional title as a Class 4A school. With 25 letterman back and help from an 8-2 JV squad expect the Bulldogs to be right in the thick of things once again in Region 1.

The strength of the Everman offense this year will lie at the skill positions, with one notable expception. With the graduation of QB Sedrick Harris who started 25 games for Everman the ‘Dawgs have a large hole to fill at QB. Look for junior Barry Browning to take over at that position, Browning who saw time at QB in backup duty earned second team all 8-4A honors at DB in 2007. He doesn't boast the arm Harris had, but Browning does give Everman even more of a threat to run the ball from the QB slot. Ryan Smith is back at the TB slot, Smith posted 1153 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns as a junior. The backfield behind Smith should be solid. Juniors Ruben Fletcher and Shawn Sanders will likely split time at FB, and Devin Woods will also provide additional depth. At the receiver spots, Everman returns Chris Franklin who posted nearly 1000 yards receiving, Franklin gives EHS the big play element with his speed. Deantre Harlan is a nice compliment to Franklin as he can use his 6'5 frame to body up on smaller defensive backs. Chaz Birdine and Marcus McAdoo provide depth. The offensive line has some major question marks as 3 three year starters have graduated. If Everman can rebuild the offensive line, the Bulldogs could be even more potent this season.

Everman's defense will be anchored by a speedy and athletic front seven. Everman features two first team all-district edge rushers returning in Keith Rushton and DeJuan Lee. The LB's in Everman's split defensive scheme must be athletic and able to make plays and with Lee Langston and Devin Woods patrolling that part of the field Everman should be solid. Where the concern lies for EHS is at defensive tackle and in the secondary. Both CB's saw significant time as juniors, but the QB of the defense has now moved to be QB of the offense and replacing Browning will be huge for the secondary. However as is usually the case Everman never has a shortage of good athletes who will be able to step in and contribute. Keep an eye on sophomore speedster Corey Franklin who could move into the secondary while he awaits his shot at running back.

District 8-4A will once again be a beast, in fact it may have gotten tougher. The loop loses Aledo, but they pick up Mansfield Timberview who went three rounds deep in Class 5A and the always dangerous Arlington Seguin Cougars. Granbury moves in from 5A and should be solid. The non-district schedule for Everman is a bit tougher as Everman takes on Waxahachie and Fort Worth Southwest in addition to playing Wichita Falls for the fifth season in a row.

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