Defense Answers the Bell for Everman

Keith Rushton (pictured left) and the Everman defense held Waxahachie to 178 total yards in a 14-12 win for Everman on Friday night.

EVERMAN- Often times coaches tell their teams that in order to win they must play all 48 minutes. Usually they mean that they want their players to play all the way until the end, but in the case of the Everman Bulldogs (1-0) a break in the first two minutes of the game proved to be the difference for EHS as they knocked off the Waxahachie Indians (0-1) 14-12 Friday night at Marr Stadium. After a three and out on their first possession, WHS lined up for what looked to be a run of the mill punt. The snap however sailed over Mervyn Salas' head and into the end zone. Salas made the smart play and instead of trying to pick the ball up, he simply kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety to give Everman a 2-0 lead which would prove to be the difference.

The game was marred by typical early season mistakes as the two teams combined for 16 fumbles and 15 penalties. Everman's defense carried the day as in the second half they held Waxahachie to 44 yards of total offense and only allowed 178 yards of total offense, with 76 of those yards coming on one play.

After taking the early lead Everman would gift wrap Waxahachie three points as Oshae Cofer recovered a Marcus McAdoo fumble setting up a 37 yard James Gish field goal and after one quarter Waxahachie led 3-2. WHS would extend the lead to 6-2 as the Indians would get a second 37 yard field goal from Gish. Everman's defense would get a break as DE Keith Rushton forced Waxahachie QB Cody Martin to fumble and DB Cory Franklin would recover deep in Indian territory. The Bulldogs would capitalize as Ryan Smith scored on a four yard run to give EHS an 8-6 lead as the PAT was no good.

Waxahachie would respond quickly with their big play and it came with a little trickery. WR Sam Gagliano took an end around handoff and found a wide open Oshae Cofer for a 76 yard touchdown pass as Cofer outran two Everman DB's to pay dirt. WHS went for two and the pass failed and at the half Waxahachie held a 12-8 lead.

The third quarter is when the Everman ground game finally got on track, but not without some tense moments. After an Everman punt it appeared the Gagliano had taken a punt 62 yards for a score, however the play was nullified as WHS was called for offsides on the punt. Shortly after that penalty Everman DB Barry Browning would pick off an errant Martin pass to give Everman some momentum. On the first play of the ensuing drive Ryan Smith got rolling on a 66 yard run to put the ball deep in Indian territory. Devin Woods would cap the drive with a one yard run to put EHS up 14-12. The PAT failed again as a bad snap doomed the kick.

After forcing a Waxahachie punt, Everman moved the ball all the way to Waxahachie eleven yard line, but two penalties and a sack would doom the drive preventing Everman from adding to the lead. Waxahachie had one last chance to drive for the game winning field goal, but Chris Franklin would pick off QB Venique Benton to clinch the win for Everman.

Next week Waxahachie will host West Mesquite and on Saturday afternoon Everman will visit Wichita Falls.

Score by Quarter

1 2 3 4 T

WHS 3 9 0 0 12

EHS 2 6 6 0 14



Number Name Comp Att Yards TD INT

4 Sam Gagliano 1 1 76 1 0

11 Cody Martin 4 11 36 0 1

3 Venique Benton 0 3 0 0 1


Number Name Att Yds TD

4 Sam Gagliano 1 5 0

3 Venique Benton 7 38 0

32 Araxavier Boyd 8 36 0

11 Cody Martin 2 -2 0

45 Andrew Kindred 1 1 0

30 Dezarius Jackson 1 1 0

9 LaDarius Brown 1 -13 0


Number Name Rec Yds TD

4 Sam Gagliano 2 1 0

5 Oshae Cofer 1 76 1

32 Araxavier Boyd 1 9 0

42 Chip Lorfing 1 26 0



Number Name Comp Att Yds TD INT

2 Marcus McAdoo 4 12 58 0 0


Number Name Att Yds TD

8 Ryan Smith 17 152 1

5 Ruben Fletcher 4 7 0

2 Marcus McAdoo 5 -9 0

32 Devin Woods 5 16 1

3 Chris Franklin 2 10 0

10 Barry Browning 3 -7 0

22 Cory Franklin 4 9 0


Number Name Rec Yds TD

4 Deantre Harlan 2 30 0

3 Chris Franklin 2 28 0

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