EVERMAN- The Everman Bulldogs after a sensational 2007 season took to the field for the first time Saturday morning against Fort Worth Arlington Heights. Although Everman dominated play for the most part HC Dale Keeling has plenty to work on this week as the Bulldogs young offensive line struggled at times against a much improved Arlington Heights defense. Arlington Heights and new HC Steve Hale has some things to build on with a young team as well after Saturday.
On the offensive side of the ball there simply wasn't much too cheer about for the Yellow Jackets early as their first team offense simply ran into a buzzsaw named the Everman defense. DE Keith Rushton, LB Devin Woods, LB Lee Langston and DB's Barry Browning and Corey Franklin simply made life for the Arlington Heights offense. The first team offense led by QB Mark Grace and RB Adonnys Wright for AHHS failed to make a first down and only had four positive yard plays in their 20 series set. The Heights second team offense fared a little better notching three first downs, the most pleasant surprise for Everman's second defense was the play of Deantre Harlan on the defensive line. Harlan who spent much of his time split out at WR last year will be used some on defense in 2008 in addition to playing offense at WR and at TE.
When Everman took the ball, the Bulldogs offense at times looked sensational but other times they looked out of sync. EHS is breaking in a new QB as Marcus McAdoo will pilot the offense. RB Ryan Smith looked very good when had room to operate as he posted two touchdown runs of 15 and 58 yards. FB Ruben Fletcher had some solid runs including a 58 yard touchdown run. McAdoo was solid throwing the ball and his biggest play as a 69 yard catch and run toss to WR Chris Franklin. Franklin who will also see time on defense at CB will be the go to guy once again for EHS. The second offense scored once as junior FB Shawn Sanders scored from 18 yards out.
The two teams then worked on some overtime style drills going from the 25 yard line. Both teams scored once as Heights got on the board as QB Grace hit WR Marquis Jackson for a nine yard touchdown pass, while Everman's score was a 10 yard run by Smith.
Overall, the Everman coaching staff has to feel good about the depth of the skill positions on offense and their defensive play. Look for EHS to continue to monitor the play of QB Marcus McAdoo and backup QB Sam Birdine. Browning was expected to play QB this year, but he'll stay on defense as the full time SS and he'll see time on offense at TB and as a slot receiver. Arlington Heights looked solid at times in the trenches and had some flashes of defensive brilliance but the youth at the skill spots on offense will be an issue.