EVERMAN — Crowley extended its regular-season win streak to 14 games with a 42-38 homecoming victory against Everman in a District 8-4A game Friday.
The Eagles won despite the effort of Bulldogs sophomore running back Kierre Crossley, who scored five touchdowns on 307 yards rushing.
Crowley (5-0, 2-0 District 8-4A) led by two touchdowns in the third quarter, but the Eagles found themselves trailing with about 5 minutes remaining. Bulldogs kicker Aroldo Cruz kicked a 20-yard field goal to give Everman (3-2, 1-1) a 38-35 advantage.
However, a heady play on the next snap by Crowley senior quarterback Matt Marner helped give the Eagles the lead for good.
The Bulldogs’ defense jumped offside, and Marner took advantage of the free play, connecting with Trayvohn Glover on a 61-yard touchdown for the 42-38 lead.
The Eagles’ defense had to seal the victory, though, and did so by forcing a turnover on downs at their own 14-yard line with just over 2 minutes remaining.
Glover’s touchdown was his third of the night. One of his other scores was a 50-yard reception and one was a fumble recovery in the end zone on a kickoff.
Marner was largely held in check by the Bulldogs’ defense, gaining only 1 yard rushing, but passed for 198 yards and three scores. Day’lonzo Freeman added 116 yards rushing and a touchdown receiving and a touchdown rushing for the Eagles.
Everman found little offensive success outside of Crossley, who juked and outran Eagles defenders most of the night, averaging more than 10 yards per carry.
Quarterback Michael Boone was 8-of-18 for 130 yards but was intercepted twice.
Everman scored on its first two possessions, both short touchdown runs by Crossley, to take a 14-0 lead, but Crowley came storming back in the second quarter.
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