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

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.