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September 5, 2013
FORT WORTH - A little more than nine months ago the Everman Bulldogs (2-0) and Southwest Raiders (1-1) met up in a playoff game at Clark Stadium and the game ended in a 7-0 slugfest won by Southwest. That game was a 4A Bi-District contest. Thursday night's battle at Clark Stadium didnt' have as much on the line and it was anything but a slugfest, as the two teams combined for 90 points and 1,082 yards as Everman took home a 51-39 victory.
Everman sophomore running back Kierre Crossley had a breakout performance as he ran for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries as he paced an Everman ground attack that rolled up 450 yards of total offense. Not to be outdone, Southwest sophomore signal caller Devin Williams had another big night throwing for 355 yards and four touchdowns.
Everman set the tone early, opening the game with a seven play 75 yard drive that was capped off with a 19 yard touchdown run by Crossley to take a 7-0 lead. After forcing a Southwest punt, the Bulldogs went back to work quickly scoring in two plays as QB Reggie Kincade hooked up with Chris Stafford for a 77 yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 Bulldog lead.
The lead ballooned to 21-0 early in the second quarter on Crossley's second touchdown run this one from 23 yards out. Southwest was able to get on the board on a five yard pass from Williams to Isaiah Holmes cutting the Everman advantage to 21-7. Southwest would force an Everman punt and quickly cut the lead to 21-13 on a 21 yard run by senior running back Jameion Williams. Everman would block the PAT and Darion Norris would scoop the loose ball up and race the other way for two Bulldog points and a 23-13 edge at the halftime break.
The two teams would trade scores for the entire second half, but Southwest was never able to cut the lead to less than ten points.
Everman recovered a fumble on the opening series for Southwest and the Bulldogs turned that into points as Kincade broke loose for a 20 yard scoring scamper to make it 30-13 EHS. Southwest started the back and forth on their next drive cutting the lead to 30-20 on a 37 yard pass from Williams to Will Luke.
Everman pushed the lead back to 17 late in the third quarter on a one yard run by Crossley making it 37-20. Southwest looks to be on the verge of cutting the lead back to ten on the next series but Everman junior DB Leonard Peele picked off Williams on the Bulldogs four yard line ending a Southwest threat.
Everman was unable to put the game out of reach as they were forced to punt and again Southwest and Williams went to work. This time it was Kameron Taylor making a leaping catch on a pass from Williams in the corner of the end zone on 3rd and goal from the 15 to make it 37-27 EHS with just under seven minutes left.
Sophomore running back Darrien Davis would put the game all but out of reach on the next series as on the Bulldogs first play he scored on an 83 yard run to make the score 44-27 and effectively end any hopes of a Southwest comeback. Southwest would score two more times late in the game, including a touchdown on the final play for the final margin of 51-39.
The win marks Everman HC Dale Keeling's 200th win in his career. Keeling, has won two state titles at Everman (2001 and 2002) and taken the Bulldogs to three other state semi-final appearances in 2000, 2007 and 2008.