EVERMAN - It was a night to remember for Everman senior RB Cory Franklin as his monster night powered the Everman Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0) to a 57-27 win over the Crowley Eagles (1-3, 0-1) Friday night in the District 7-4A opener for both teams at Marr Stadium.
Franklin set a school record with 169 yards receiving and two touchdowns on just three receptions and he ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Everman would end the night with 550 yards of total offense.
Junior quarterback Devynn Birdow was perfect throwing the ball on the evening completing all five of his pass attempts and throwing three touchdowns. Freshman running back Terrence Cook also contributed to the Everman offensive explosion with three rushing touchdowns and 116 yards on just 10 carries.
Crowley's offense was led by senior quarterback Sean Flynn who had 216 yards of total offense and a rushing touchdown.
After forcing a quick Crowley three and out Everman went right to work as Cook scored on a two yard run making it 6-0 EHS, Franklin ran in the two point conversion on the swinging gate and the Bulldogs had a quick 8-0 lead. Crowley would answer quickly on the ensuing kickoff as Floyd Rogers would go 81 yards the other way for the score, Flynn would run in the two point conversion to tie it up at eight.
After a big kickoff return by Cook, Everman would score the game's third touchdown in a span of 38 seconds as James Bailey would take a swing pass from Birdow and race 42 yards for the score to put the Bulldogs back up 15-8.
Early in the second quarter, Freshman kicker Mathew Santos would nail a 42 yard field goal on Crowley's next drive to cut the lead to 15-11. After a short kickoff and a personal foul penalty the Bulldogs would have another one play drive as this time Franklin caught a short pass and raced 46 yards to paydirt to make it 22-11 Bulldogs. Santos would add a short 27 yard field goal on the next drive for Crowley making it once again a one score game at 22-14. However, Everman made some adjustments and for the next quarter held Crowley's offense in check and this allowed the Bulldogs to pull away.
Everman's lead would balloon to 36-14 before halftime as Franklin would catch a short pass from Birdow and race 80 yards for the score, on the ensuing short kickoff Crowley mishandled it and Everman pounced on the loose ball. Five plays later Cook would get his second touchdown of the game for the halftime edge of 22 points.
The offensive onslaught continued in the third quarter with Cook scoring from 23 yards out for a 43-14 edge for EHS. After a quick three and out, Franklin broke loose for a 56 yard run making it 50-14 and turning the game into a laugher. Crowley would score twice more with Flynn scoring on a 21 yard run in the third quarter and sophomore Larry Cheeks added a three yard run late, sandwiched between those scores was Franklin scoring on a 56 yard jaunt and his fourth score of the night.
Next week Everman will host a very strong Arlington Seguin squad in 7-4A, while Crowley will host Mansfield Summit.