Everman ends Elks winning streak
EVERMAN — After surviving a scare from Joshua last week, Burleson couldn’t manage a win over Everman at J.E. Marr Stadium Friday night.
The Elks best start since 2009 ended as the Bulldogs registered a 42-22 District 9-5A win to take a share of first place with Crowley.
“Everman is a good football team,” Burleson coach Gary McElroy said. “They struggled early in the season and had some injuries, but they are full speed now. They are playing with motivation. Since coach Keeling announced his retirement, they have kind of rallied around him. They are much improved since last year.”
Burleson (5-1, 2-1) fell into a tie for third place with Centennial (3-3, 2-1). The Elks face the Spartans Friday in the Hall of Fame/Boot Game at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Trailing 21-14 at halftime, the Elks got back into the game quickly.
On the opening kickoff, Everman fumbled the ball at its own one-yard line, but was able to retain possession. The miscue led to a safety when Burleson’s Jaterrius Pleasant made the tackle in the end zone for the safety that cut the lead to 21-16.
The defense got the ball back for the Elks when Calvin Williams intercepted a pass late in the third quarter. Burleson made the most of the short field when Jacob Amador scored on a four-yard run to give the Elks a 22-21 lead following a failed two-point conversion attempt.
“They jumped out on us early, but we regrouped,” McElroy said. “We got ahead of them early in the third quarter.”
But it turned out to be the high-water mark for the Elks as Everman scored the next 21 points to put the game away.
“We had our chances and made mistakes in the fourth quarter that cost us,” McElroy said. “We got some stops and turnovers, and had a chance to take care of it. We made some mistakes and turned it over twice and that cost us in the end.”
Everman regained the lead thanks to a four-play, 70-yard drive that Kenneth Johnson finished with a 16-yard touchdown run for a 27-22 lead.
Things soured for the Elks on the second play of their next possession with James Brooks intercepting an Amador pass, setting up the Bulldogs deep in Elk territory.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 35-22 when quarterback Juan Davis scored from three yards out. Another interception of Amador set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Johnson for a 42-22 Everman lead.
Everman finished the game with 300 yards on 36 carries. Jyden Hollie led the Bulldogs with 15 carries for 226 yards and a touchdown. Johnson rushed for 62 yards and three scores on 62 yards.
The first half didn’t start out the way the Elks would have liked. Burleson was not able to get any first downs on its first two drives of the game.
The Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead when Hollie scored on a 15-yard run. Hollie ended the first half with 128 rushing yards. Everman went up 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Antonio Little hit Ashton Welch for a 10-yard score.
Burleson got back into the game when Devin Stevenson scored on a one-yard run to extend the lead to 14-7. On the drive, Stevenson converted two fourth-and-ones with runs.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 21-7 on a 14-yard scoring run by Johnson.
The Elks made things interesting as Amador was able to lead them down the field, thanks in part to receptions by three different receivers. Amador capped the march with an 18-yard scoring strike to Aden Anderson.
Amador completed 20 of 34 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.