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7th White Lions battle Everman in 20-0 loss

In a game where offense was tough to come by, Everman managed to string some positive plays together and find the end zone a few times in a 20-0 road win over the seventh grade White Lions.
In a game where offense was tough to come by, Everman managed to string some positive plays together and find the end zone a few times in a 20-0 road win over the seventh grade White Lions.
“We’re giving up big plays on defense and are turning the ball over too often right now,” said coach Virgil Crow.
“Our guys are in a position to make plays – we need them to step it up and I believe they will.”
The Everman defense forced a punt to open the game and the offense then put a productive drive together. The Lion defense faced a third-and-five situation, but some broken tackles resulted in a 37-yard run from one side of the field to the other. Two players later, the visitors scored on a one-yard run for an 8-0 lead (conversion run good).
Some snapping issues gave the Lions trouble on their next drive as they turned the ball over on downs after crossing midfield early in the second quarter. It wasn’t for lack of effort by Justin Svehlak, who put his head down and earned some hard-fought yards.
Everman drove as far as the Ennis 24 late in the half, but a tackle for loss by Svehlak helped keep the opposition at bay.
“I thought Justin ran the ball well and had some good tackles also,” Crow said.
“That’s two weeks in a row he’s played well.”
The Ennis defense had Everman in a fourth-and-long situation early in the third quarter, but a keeper to the outside went for a 38-yard gain to the Lion 5. On the next play, a run up the middle was good for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead (conversion run failed). Blake Williams and Symon Castillo were able to combine on a tackle for loss during the drive.
“All of our guys who made tackles in the backfield played hard tonight out there,” Crow said.
Ennis faced a fourth and long late in the third and benefited from an excellent play as quarterback Travis Miller rolled out and hit Blake Williams for an 18-yard gain. The Lions drove as far as the Everman 34 before turning the ball over on downs.
“Travis has a big heart and he’s doing a good job of showing some leadership out there,” Crow said.
“Matthew Zajic and Jeb Harper are showing improvement on the offensive line and I was pleased with those guys.”
Everman’s first drive of the fourth quarter went nowhere as Aaron Brasher made a tackle for loss. Jorge Renteria recovered an Everman fumble late in the quarter, but unfortunately it was sandwiched between Lion interceptions. The visitors scored one more time on the final play of the game thanks to a six-yard run, but their conversion attempt failed as Justin Batson recovered a fumble. Svehlak and Kyle Buckley combined on a tackle for loss during that last Everman drive.
“Jorge is a defensive end who put himself in the right place at the right time and made a big play for us,” Crow said.
“These guys will learn from this game and they’ll continue to get better.”

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