A little more than nine months ago the Everman Bulldogs and Fort Worth Southwest Raiders met in a playoff game at Clark Stadium that ended a 7-0 defensive battle in favor of Southwest.
Thursday night’s meeting, again at Clark Stadium, was anything but that.
Everman (2-0) took a 51-39 victory in a nondistrict game in which the teams combined for 90 points and 1,082 yards.
Everman sophomore running back Kierre Crossley had a breakout performance, rushing for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Everman rolled up 530 yards total offense, 450 on the ground.
Not to be outdone, Southwest sophomore quarterback 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 by a 19-yard touchdown run by Crossley.
The lead ballooned to 21-0 early in the second quarter before Southwest (1-1) was able to get on the board on a 5-yard pass from Williams to Isaiah Holmes, cutting the Everman advantage to 21-7.
Southwest forced an Everman punt and quickly cut the lead to 21-13 on a 21-yard run by senior running back Jameion Williams. Everman blocked the point-after try and Darion Norris scooped up the loose ball and raced the other way for two Bulldogs points and a 23-13 edge.
The teams traded scores for the entire second half, but Southwest was never able to cut the lead to fewer than 10 points.
Everman sophomore running back Darrien Davis put the game all but out of reach with a little more than six minutes remaining, scoring on an 83-yard run to make the score 44-27.
Southwest scored twice in the final minutes, on Jameion Williams’ 8-yard run and another Devin Williams’ scoring pass.
The win marked the 200th victory in Everman coach Dale Keeling’s 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.
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