High School: Everman

Everman pair among 6 locals signing with SMU

February, 1, 2012
Recruits in SMU's signing class range from California to Michigan to Florida, but the Mustangs didn't completely ignore their home territory.

Of the 20 players who signed with SMU on Wednesday, six are from the Metroplex.

That list includes a pair of Everman defenders, LB Lincoln Richard and DB Horace Richardson.

The other locals heading to the Hilltop are Frisco Heritage DL Elie Nabushosi, Garland LB Damien Neroes, Coppell OL Sam Rice and Dallas Lake Highlands OL Chase Walling.

Find more on SMU's recruiting class here.

Coin flip could be needed for last 2 7-4A spots

November, 1, 2011
Four teams remain in contention for two playoff spots in a jumbled District 7-4A.

Six weeks of play has settled only two of the four playoff berths. Mansfield Summit and Everman are in.

There remains a good possibility that a coin flip will be needed decide the final two spots.

The saga will play out Friday evening in four 7-4A stadiums.

Here’s a look by school:

*Summit (8-1, 6-0) is the 7-4A champion.

*Everman (5-3, 4-2) has clinched its 13th consecutive spot going into Friday’s home game against 0-9 Joshua.

*Granbury (5-4, 4-2), which hosts Summit, gets in with a win or a loss by Burleson or Cleburne. A Granbury loss and wins by Burleson and Cleburne would force a coin flip between Granbury, Burleson and Cleburne. A coin flip would be needed because the first two tiebreakers, head-to-head and point differential, are tied.

*Burleson (5-4, 3-3) with a win over Crowley gets in if either of two underdogs win: Joshua over Everman or Arlington Seguin over Cleburne.

*Cleburne (4-5, 3-3) gets in with a win and a Burleson loss to Crowley.

*Seguin (3-6, 2-4) gets in with a win over Cleburne and a Burleson loss to Crowley.

Everman will be in the Division II bracket of the 4A playoffs. Summit will be in Division II if both Burleson and Granbury are the final two playoff teams. If Cleburne or Seguin are in the playoffs, Summit will go Division I.

Playoff return assured for Mansfield Summit

October, 25, 2011
Mansfield Summit clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in its 10-year history last week.

Summit did it in style, going on the road to defeat defending District 7-4A champion Everman 35-14 to remain undefeated in league play. The Jaguars snapped Everman’s 24-game home winning streak and avenged their only 2010 district loss when the Bulldogs rolled to a 56-35 win in Mansfield.

The Jaguars (7-1, 5-0) remain unbeaten against Class 4A competition this season. Their only loss came at the hands of Class 5A Mansfield.

"The biggest thing is we have great character kids,'' said Summit coach Travis Pride. "There's a trust factor. They trust each other. We've needed trust because eight of our defensive starters and seven on offense were on the junior varsity last season.''

In Summit’s current five-game winning streak, opponents have been held to six rushing touchdowns.

The Jaguars kept Everman’s running attack in check thanks to active play up front by Bryson Henderson, Jacolby Robinson, Bryan Oheni-Gyeni and Cortez Harris.

Meanwhile, the Summit rushing attack was functioning nicely. Calvin Burns rushed for 165 yards and four touchdowns.

"Calvin played in the secondary last year,'' Pride said. "He's only about 5-9 and 170 pounds, but he is well put together. He runs hard.''

Summit will go into the Division I bracket of the playoffs unless both Burleson and Granbury qualify for the playoffs. Both are lodged in a four-way tie for second place at 3-2 along with Everman and Cleburne with two games to play.

The Jaguars host Arlington Seguin (3-5, 2-3) Friday and conclude the regular season at Granbury the following week.

Everman tries to slow Mans. Summit's 7-4A run

October, 19, 2011
No. 8 MANSFIELD SUMMIT (6-1, 4-0 7-4A) vs. EVERMAN (4-2, 3-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Everman’s J.E. Marr Stadium

When we saw them last: Calvin Burns rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns in Summit’s 60-7 thrashing of Joshua last week. Burleson scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 34-yard touchdown pass as time expired, to defeat Everman, 29-23.

2010 result: In the first meeting of the schools, Everman rolled up 408 rushing yards and overpowered Summit, 56-35, at Vernon Newsome Stadium in Mansfield.

What’s at stake: Everman can gain a share of the District 7-4A lead with a victory. A Summit victory gets the Jaguars closer to the 7-4A title and the more favorable playoff seed that goes with it. The last time the Jaguars were 5-0 in district play was 2007. Everman hasn’t lost back-to-back district games since 1998, but Summit isn’t just winning games this season, it is blowing out opponents.

Key matchup: A hallmark of Everman’s successful teams of the past is a powerful running game. But in last week’s loss to Burleson, Everman was limited to 152 rushing yards, 107 less than Burleson. Everman needs to run the ball so it can limit possessions by Summit, which averages 45 points per game.

Players to watch: Summit junior Ryan Cuevas has thrown for 1,244 yards and 13 touchdowns while Burns, a senior, has rushed for 863 yards and 14 touchdowns. Junior defensive lineman Bryson Henderson leads the Jags with 8 1/2 sacks. For Everman, senior Devynn Birdow has thrown for 642 yards and senior Pat Small is the leading rusher with 433 yards and three touchdowns. Horace Richardson has intercepted four passes and scored two offensive touchdowns last week.

Prediction: Summit 36, Everman 27.

Rankings: Highland Park bounces back to No. 1

October, 16, 2011

What we got right: The majority of the teams in the 5A poll took care of business this week, leaving the top seven unchanged. Aledo and Waxahachie remained unmoved after wins this weekend in 4A. Waxahachie has proven it belongs at the top of one of the deepest districts in the area, 15-4A, but it will be interesting to see if it has what it takes to move up any further.

What we got wrong: We can't make up our mind who is the best team in 4A. Denton Ryan and Highland Park have very comparable results through 2011, and both pass a similar eye test. However, Highland Park has proven it has depth on offense, finding players to replace standout wide receiver Dalton Stogner. Garland has flown under the radar for the majority of the season but had a big win against Rowlett this weekend, showcasing skill in all phases of the game. Fort Worth Southwest taught Fort Worth Arlington Heights a lesson it did not learn in years past -- how to lose in district play. That blowout was more than enough to give Southwest the No. 10 spot in the 4A poll.

Say hello to: 5A -- Garland, Cedar Hill; 4A --Fort Worth Southwest

Say goodbye to: 5A -- Keller Central, Hebron; 4A -- Everman

Watch out for: 5A -- Arlington Lamar; 4A -- Frisco

Tell us: How would you rank teams differently and who did we leave out?

Rankings: Skyline rises over DeSoto to No. 2

October, 9, 2011

What we got right: Most of the teams in the top 10 remained the same, but Week 6 might have shuffled the deck more than any week to date. The 4A poll remained mostly the same with the exception of Waxahachie jumping to the No. 4 position after its win over Corsicana.

What we got wrong: Skyline proved itself with a decisive win over Dallas Jesuit on Friday, which shot the Raiders over DeSoto, who struggled for a victory over North Mesquite, for the first time this year. Keller Central more than proved it belonged among the best in the area with a 6-0 record and a win over previous No. 8 Denton Guyer. Everman comes in at No. 10, with several weeks of quality play after taking a Zero Week loss from Highland Park.

Say hello to: 5A -- Keller Central; 4A --Everman

Say goodbye to: 5A --Denton Guyer; 4A -- Mesquite Poteet

Watch out for: 5A Arlington Lamar; 4A -- Fort Worth Southwest

QB Burgin, Highland Park pick apart Everman

August, 27, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – The calendar says it's Zero Week, but the precision of Highland Park's offense suggests it's December.

Quarterback Brady Burgin put together a pristine performance in Highland Park's opener, throwing for 280 yards and accounting for five touchdowns to lead the third-ranked Scots to a 48-28 rout of No. 5 Everman on Saturday at the Tom Landry Classic at SMU's Ford Stadium.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPN.comBrady Burgin threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Highland Park over Everman.
"Brady had a really good game and our receivers did a great job catching the football," Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. "You have to have time, and against Everman, that's what you have to worry about."

Burgin and the Scots (1-0) dominated the first half, and if it weren't for a pair of fumbles, they may have scored on every drive.

Aside from scoring on a 1-yard run himself, Burgin threw a touchdown pass to William Morris (17 yards) and two to Hunter Halpin (25 and 13) before halftime, giving the Scots a 41-14 lead at the break.

Burgin gave the Scots a scare early in the second half when he left the game with a cramp and a rolled ankle, but he returned for the next drive to throw a 47-yard touchdown to Morris before leaving the game for good.

"I started cramping up," Burgin said. "Nothing too serious. I went back in and then I kind of rolled my ankle but nothing serious. I'm good."

Everman (0-1) simply couldn't keep pace. The Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead after Pat Small popped off an 85-yard touchdown run on his team's first possession.

Small, who accounted for 227 of Everman's 401 total yards, caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Devynn Birdow to cut Highland Park's lead to 21-14 early in the second quarter, but Highland Park's Preston Miller returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, and the Scots never looked back.

Aside from a few big plays from Small and Horace Richardson, who scored on a punt return and a 36-yard reception, Everman never developed any consistency on offense.

"They're very explosive," Allen said of Everman's offense. "They make a living doing that, busting a reverse or counter all the way. Our guys just had to get used to that kind of speed."

Live chat from Tom Landry Classic games

August, 27, 2011
Travis L. Brown and Jeff Andrews are chatting all night from the Tom Landry Classic at SMU's Ford Stadium. Highland Park faces Everman at 4:30 and Allen takes on Cedar Hill at 7:30. Join them for updates and to talk a little high school football.

And if you need them, you can find the Zero Week scores and schedule here.

Zero Week scores: Stephenville stuns Aledo

August, 27, 2011
The 2011 high school football season started with a major Class 4A upset, as Stephenville knocked off two-time defending state champion Aledo, 48-47.

Aledo star running back Johnathan Gray was stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt to seal Stephenville's victory.

Aledo, the No. 1 team in ESPNDallas.com's preseason Class 4A rankings, saw its 29-game win streak come to an end.

Click here for the rest of the area's 4A and 5A scores and schedule.

Class 5A No. 1 Allen is action Saturday night, taking on No. 8 Cedar Hill in the second game of the Tom Landry Classic at 7:30 p.m. Travis L. Brown and Jeff Andrews will be chatting from SMU's Ford Stadium for both games, starting with the Highland Park-Everman contest at 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium

When we saw them last: Highland Park was dealing with the shock of being upset by last year’s Cinderella team, Mesquite Poteet, in the 4A Division II state regionals at Cowboys Stadium. Everman went into the 4A Division II playoffs expected to make a deep run, but Waco surprised the Bulldogs in the bi-district round.

2010 result: These two teams faced off in last year’s Tom Landry Classic at Ford Stadium, resulting in a 27-21 Highland Park victory.

What’s at stake: 4A ranking position and a look into this year’s playoffs. Both of these teams should wind up in the 4A Division II playoff bracket and could meet again if both make deep playoff runs.

Key matchup: Highland Park’s passing offense vs. Everman’s defensive secondary. Highland Park will be outmatched in speed and strength by Everman’s defense, but the Scots run the spread with uncanny precision. Can HP’s X’s and O’s dissect an extremely talented Everman defense?

Players to watch: Highland Park returns a three-part offensive threat in QB Brady Burgin, WR Dalton Stogner and RB Preston Miller. Miller might have some trouble finding a hole to run through past LBs Lincoln Richard and Tory Boozer, who will be flying all over the field in Everman’s 4-2-5 defense.

Prediction: Highland Park 30, Everman 21. Everman will make some big plays, but Highland Park will be methodical in its attack and wear down Everman’s defense to seal the win.

Football showcases scheduled for Zero Week

August, 23, 2011
Several showcase events around the area highlight this weekend's action as the football season kicks off.

The North Texas Football Classic brings three games to the Cotton Bowl over two nights. On Friday, Duncanville faces Colleyville Heritage at 7:30 p.m. in a matchup of two 2010 playoff teams. Saturday's doubleheader starts with Midlothian-Grapevine at 4:30 p.m., and the event wraps up at 7:30 when The Colony takes on Sherman.

A powerhouse doubleheader will take place at SMU's Ford Stadium on Saturday in the Tom Landry Classic. Class 4A contenders Everman and Highland Park get it started at 4:30 p.m. At 7:30, ESPNDallas.com No. 1 Allen will be challenged by No. 8 Cedar Hill.

Carrollton's Standridge Stadium hosts two intriguing games in its annual Zero Week event. At 4 p.m., Denton Guyer takes on Garland. In the nightcap scheduled for 8 p.m., Class 4A Waxahachie battles 5A Flower Mound Marcus.

In one other game of note, Dallas Skyline will defend Texas' honor against Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway at Lancaster's Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Click here for the full schedule of this week's Class 4A and 5A games for area teams.

District 7-4A football season preview

August, 18, 2011
  • Arlington Seguin (5-5, 3-4). Coach: Carlos Lynn.
  • Burleson (5-5, 3-4). Coach: Jason Tucker.
  • Cleburne (1-9, 1-6). Coach: Phil Young.
  • Crowley (5-6, 4-3), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Chris James.
  • Everman (8-3, 7-0), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Dale Keeling.
  • Granbury (6-5, 4-3), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Scotty Pugh.
  • Joshua (0-10, 0-7). Coach: Jerry Bird.
  • Mansfield Summit (9-3, 6-1), lost in DI area. Coach: Travis Pride.
THE BIG QUESTION: Are there more final standings surprises in store from 7-4A to compare with the 2010 season?

When the dust settled in a reshuffled District 7-4A last season, Everman and Mansfield Summit finished in the top two spots as expected. Everman came into the season having won at least nine games in 10 straight seasons and Summit was dropping down from a pretty successful run in Class 5A.

But it would have been difficult to predict the third and fourth playoff spots would go to Crowley and Granbury.

Crowley, coming off a 3-7 season, hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2001. But that drought was nothing compared to Granbury, where the last previous playoff excursion came in 1977. Granbury was 1-9 in 2009 and 0-10 in 2008.

For teams like Burleson and Arlington Seguin that finished only a game out of third place, or even for one-win Cleburne or winless Joshua, the Crowley and Granbury success stories could prove inspirational this fall.


DB Steven Aikens, DL Devante Richardson, Arlington Seguin; QB Barrett Cain, OL Derek Baldeschwiler, Burleson; WR Cooper Walls, Cleburne; LB Kyron Minter, RB Larry Cheeks, Crowley; LB Lincoln Richard, QB Devynn Birdow, DE Jacob Kennedy, Everman; RB Brandon Davis, OL Johnny Shepard, OL Jason Shepard, Granbury; RB/DB Riley Davis, Joshua; LB Micah Awe, DL Cortez Harris, DL Jacolby Robinson, Mansfield Summit.


Everman’s first-round playoff exit snapped a string of five straight seasons in which it advanced at least to the third round. ... Granbury offensive lineman Johnny Shepard was named Class 4A all-state second team. ... Cleburne’s Cooper Walls, an all-district selection, is the top returning receiver statistically with 663 yards and four touchdowns. ... Crowley running back Larry Cheeks is the district’s leading returning rusher after gaining 1,121 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010. ... Burleson quarterback Barrett Cain returns after a frustrating 2010 when he missed nine games with an injury. ... Everman, known to favor the run over pass, has the top returning passer in Devynn Birdow. He threw for 998 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

  1. Everman
  2. Arlington Seguin
  3. Mansfield Summit
  4. Crowley

4A No. 5: Everman plans to hit ground running

August, 15, 2011
ESPNDallas.com gets ready for the start of the high school football season by unveiling its preseason rankings, one spot at a time:


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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com With the lowest enrollment numbers in District 7-4A, depth will be a key concern for Everman.
2010 record: 8-3

Predicted 2011 regular-season record: 8-2

ESPNDallas.com spring ranking: No. 5

Division I commit: DB Torrey Boozer (Missouri)

Why they’re here: Coach Dale Keeling ignores the current spread formation fad, insisting that his Bulldogs do what they do best: run the football.

It’s hard to argue with success. Everman’s record the last 12 seasons is 132-29. Its “old-school’’ offense averaged 407 yards and 37.5 points.

With Lincoln Richard and Boozer, the Bulldogs have one of the best linebacker duos in the state. Quantance Walker and Horace Richardson add stability in the secondary.

Senior quarterback Devynn Birdow was inserted in the second half of the 2010 season opener and held the job the rest of the way.

Holes to fill: Everman’s commitment to the ground game requires talented running backs and the Bulldogs graduated a couple of good ones in James Bailey (7-4A MVP) and Cory Franklin (7-4A Offensive MVP).

Keeling toyed with moving defensive end Jacob Kennedy to running back in the spring and another consideration is Terrance Cook.

There’s also a matter of replacing three blockers.

Depth is a concern at almost every position since Everman owns the lowest enrollment numbers in District 7-4A.

Key game: vs. Mansfield Summit, Oct. 21

4A No. 5: Everman does things its own way

May, 16, 2011
Football's a year-round sport in Texas, so we're rolling out our spring rankings.
NO. 10
5A: SGP Video  | 4A: Mes. Poteet
NO. 9
5A: Garland | 4A: Lancaster
NO. 8
5A: Plano Video  | 4A: Newman Smith
NO. 7
5A: DeSoto | 4A: Dallas Kimball
NO. 6
5A: Coppell | 4A: Liberty Video
NO. 5
5A: SL Carroll | 4A: Everman
NO. 4
5A: Cedar Hill | 4A: Wylie
NO. 3
5A: Skyline | 4A: Highland Park
NO. 2
5A: Eul. Trinity Video | 4A: Den. Ryan
NO. 1
5A: Allen Video | 4A: Aledo
ESPNDallas.com counts down the top area football teams in our spring rankings.


Spring game: None

Coach: Dale Keeling

2010 record: 8-3, 7-0 in District 7-4A (first place)

2010 playoffs: Lost in Division II bi-district round to Waco, 24-21

Returning starters: 7 on offense; 6 on defense

Key losses: RB James Bailey, RB Cory Franklin, G Kendrick Robinson, C Fred Gipson, TE Deonte Booker, WR Robert Davis, DT James Austin

Key returnees: QB Devynn Birdow, RB Jacob Kennedy, DE Lincoln Richard, LB Tory Boozer, S Quantance Walker, CB Horace Richardson, K Daniel Cruz

Key newcomers: RB Devon Walker

Overview: With Keeling in charge, the Bulldogs don’t follow the crowd. While most offenses trend to the spread, the Bulldogs still build around a running attack. The old-school approach on offense averaged 409 yards and 37.5 points per game last season. And when it comes to spring practice, the coach bypasses it, opting instead for the extra week in August. “We don’t have a lot of kids and we don’t need to put helmets and pads on to know who our players are,’’ the coach said. “We use our class period in the spring to put in our offense, defense and kicking game. It’s the way we’ve always done it.’’ Everman‘s record the last 12 seasons is 132-29. ... The Bulldogs' trademark is excellent running backs. They must replace a couple in graduates Bailey (7-4A MVP) and Franklin (7-4A 0ffensive MVP). They combined for over 2,000 yards last season. ... Kennedy, a defensive end in 2010, is moving to tailback. “He’s never been a running back a day of his life, but he’s a good football player,’’ said Keeling. “My biggest concern is will this move pay off?’’... Defenders Richard, Boozer and Richardson are all receiving considerable recruiting attention. ... Boozer likely will move to DE to replace Kennedy. ... QB Birdow took over in the second half of the 2010 opener and played the remainder of the season. “He’s been a quarterback since the seventh grade and he does what we need him to do,’’ the coach said. ... The 7-4A top newcomer last fall, freshman RB Terrance Cook (597 yards, 10 TDs) is not in the program this spring. His future with the team is in question. ... The Bulldogs will open against Highland Park at SMU’s Ford Stadium on Aug. 27. ... Depth remains a problem for a school with one of the smaller 4A enrollments. Four players could see action on both sides of the ball next fall. “I laugh when I’m asked for a two-deep lineup,’’ Keeling said. “Two-deep is a heck of a concept. We just try to find 11 every year.’’
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Everman learned a lot about itself as a basketball team in Friday’s 75-72 double overtime win at Mansfield Summit.

Four Bulldogs fouled out. Another, junior guard Horace Richardson, injured his knee in the first two minutes and watched the remainder of the game in street clothes with crutches nearby.

“I was down to one guy on the bench and that was it,’’ Everman coach Jay Mathieson said. “We just persevered is all I can say. Two great basketball teams and I guess we made one more play than they did. This has to be our best game of the year.’’

The battle for the District 7-4A lead had the feel of a heavyweight fight.

Everman (19-4, 5-0) absorbed Summit’s punches and finally dished out a knockout blow of its own in the final overtime.

Officials called 41 fouls, in part because of the relentless pressure defense used by both teams. Six players fouled out, and the coaches exhausted 13 timeouts between them.

“I was just hoping our guys off the bench would step up,’’ Bulldogs guard Monty Grays said. “And they did.’’

Grays, held to just two free throws in the first half, finished with 17 points.

As valuable as the bench was for Everman, the winning basket was supplied by senior starter James Bailey. The 6-3 forward, who led Everman with 21 points, sliced across the lane and softly dropped a six-footer from just to the right of the basket for a 73-70 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the final overtime.

Summit (17-7, 4-1) closed to within a point with a basket on a drive by Joel Kapiamkba with 21 seconds to go.

Everman, No. 8 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10, turned the ball over after a Summit timeout, giving the Jaguars a chance to go ahead. But Summit (No. 5 in the rankings) turned it over, as well, with 11 seconds when a pass in the lane failed to connect. It led to a final Everman fast break basket by Watson Harden at the buzzer.

Overshadowed in defeat was a comeback by Summit, which trailed by 12 in the first half. Wesley Davis, a 5-10 guard, led the Jaguars with 23 points and Kapiamba had 19.

“That was a fun game,’’ said Grays. “And next time we play them, it will be in front of our fans.’’

In the preliminary game, Summit's girls routed Everman, 63-32. Jazzmin Jackson led the Lady Jags (22-6, 7-0 in District 7-4A) with 21 points. Summit is No. 2 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10.