Everman holds on late to beat Nolan Catholic

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Holding a tenuous lead with 18 seconds left in the game, Everman needed a big defensive play as Nolan Catholic was driving for the winning score.

Bulldogs junior linebacker Darrein Davis sacked Nolan quarterback Jacob Walden and forced a fumble, which was scooped up by junior defensive end James Worthy and returned 82 yards for a touchdown to give Everman a 21-10 victory.

After seeing its offense sputter for the first two and a half quarters, Everman turned to junior running back Kierre Crossley, who ripped off touchdown runs of 78 and 90 yards to turn a 10-0 deficit into a 14-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Everman appeared to have the game sealed with less than two minutes remaining after Alex Ragster intercepted a pass and returned it to the Nolan 30. But the Nolan defense stiffened and forced a field-goal attempt, which was wide left, setting up the Vikings’ final drive.

After forcing an Everman three-and-out on the opening series, Nolan’s offense marched 55 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run by Eric Alvarez to take a 7-0 lead.

Jon Coppens’ 28-yard field goal as time expired gave Nolan a 10-0 lead at halftime. Nolan’s defense was outstanding in the first half, holding the Everman rushing attack to just 39 yards.

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