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Everman wins road game over 7th Maroon Lions

Junior high Lion football has faced a very difficult schedule early in the last couple of seasons and Tuesday night was no different as visiting Everman produced a 30-0 victory over the seventh grade Maroon Lions.
“We’ve set a tough schedule this year with the purpose of getting better,” said coach Virgil Crow.
“Cedar Hill [Coleman] and Everman are always strong at the junior high level and it showed tonight. I thought we did a good job of hustling, but Everman just has stronger athletes at the lower levels than where we’re at right now.
“We had players in position to make plays tonight, but we missed too many tackles. Eventually our guys will make those plays as we get stronger.”
Everman drove as far as the Ennis 8 on its opening drive, but a false start penalty set the visitors back. Xavier Tippen made a tackle for loss on second down and Dyllon Dlabaj soon followed up with a big tackle for loss on fourth and short to kill the drive.
“Outside linebacker is a very tough position, but Dyllon and Keymon [Hines] are doing a great job,” the coach said of players who each registered a tackle for loss.
Ennis was forced to punt on its opening drive and Everman managed to take control early in the second quarter. On its first play, Everman completed a short pass as the receiver sped across the field and down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown. The lead stayed at 6-0 as Larry Sallie’s tackle stopped the conversion run attempt.
“Larry is an athlete who matches up well with a team like Everman and he’s making some nice plays for us,” Crow said.
Ennis quarterback Kyle Crow completed an eight-yard pass to Hector Garcia on the next Lion drive as the receiver dragged defenders for several yards, but the Lions would have to punt at midfield. The coach was pleased with the punting of Crow, who’s averaging about 30 yards per attempt so far this year.
Everman went deep on its first play and connected for a 72-yard touchdown to lead 14-0 (conversion run good) late in the second. Crow gained 11 yards on a keeper on the next Lion possession while Ennis defenders Tippen, Bobby Williams and Hines all made tackles for loss just before the half.
“Xavier has really played well defensively two weeks in a row,” Crow said.
“He understands the game and has a high motor, so he can really be a good one for us. Bobby is a very good player and he just needs to learn to be consistent. He’s got the talent.”
Ennis made arguably its best offensive play right out of halftime as Crow completed a 22-yard pass to Trevor Davenport. The Lions punted shortly after crossing midfield and Everman was able to cap off a five-play scoring drive with a 16-yard quarterback keeper touchdown thanks to some broken tackles for a 22-0 advantage (conversion pass good). Matthew Elliot and Bobby Williams did combine on a tackle for loss early in that Everman march.
Everman picked off a pass late in the quarter and wrapped up a three-play scoring drive early in the fourth with a 15-yard touchdown run to finalize the score (conversion run good). The visitors intercepted new quarterback Davenport on Ennis’ final drive, but Demondrick Pace did register a tackle for loss on the final play of the game.
“I thought we threw the ball alright, but we didn’t catch or run our routes as well as last week,” Crow said.
“Our blocking and tackling also still have a ways to go, but overall I do think we improved from our first game. We started school late this year, but kept the same schedule – so we’ve thrown a lot at the players in practice to this point. I’m proud of the guys for trying to get better and we play Waxahachie next week, so we’ll definitely work to get after them.”

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