In the mid-1990s and into the 2000s, there was nary a defense in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as fierce as the Everman Bulldogs.
Everman won state championships in 2001 and 2002 and, while under the tutelage of longtime head coach Dale Keeling, the Bulldog defense allowed just 14 points in each victory.
Of course, this is not new news for Waxahachie Indian followers. There is quite a bit of history between the Indians and Bulldogs, which will be on display Friday, Nov. 17 at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium.
Earlier this year, Keeling announced his plans to retire at the end of the football season. He has served in his role with the Bulldogs since 1998. The field house is named after him, for crying out loud.
The Bulldogs began the season 0-3 before rebounding to make a perfect run through District 9-5A and into a matchup with (6-4) Waxahachie in the 5A Region II Bi-District Championship.
This year marks the first year for the Indians to appear in the postseason since 2012 and the very first playoff appearance for head coach Jon Kitna in his three-year Texas coaching tenure.
On offense, Antonio Little and Juan Davis share duties under center for the Bulldogs. Little, a junior, has completed 39-of-96 for 683 yards and nine touchdowns, while the freshman Davis has completed 26-of-61 for 492 yards and eight scores. They have combined for seven interceptions. Davis is the more accomplished runner with three touchdowns on 22 carries for 184 yards.
The Bulldogs utilize a running-back-by-committee approach, as Keonte Lusk, Jayden Hollie, and Kenneth Johnson have all seen significant time in the backfield.
Lusk leads the team with 75 carries for 594 yards, while Hollie is right behind with 573 yards on 72 carries. Each has scored five times.
Johnson is the home-run threat, as he has amassed nine touchdowns on just 56 carries for 456 yards.
Decorian Clark is the clear-cut threat out wide, having pulled in 26 catches for 544 yards and eight touchdowns. No other Everman receiver has more than 10 catches or two scores.
Johnson teams up with AJ Wilder and Que'tin Turentine to lead the Bulldog defense. The trio has recorded 70, 62 and 58 tackles, respectively. Hollie, the junior running back, leads the team with nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
James Brooks has five interceptions.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Parking is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.