The Everman Bulldogs and South Oak Cliff Bears will square off in the first round of the 2023 UIL 5A D2 Texas State Football Championships on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm ET at Kincaide Std – Dallas ISD in Dallas, Texas.
The Bulldogs enter the playoffs with a 6-4 record, while the Bears boast an 8-2 record. Everman is ranked 222nd in the state, while South Oak Cliff is ranked 27th. In their division, Everman is ranked 27th, while South Oak Cliff is ranked 4th.
The Bulldogs average 33.1 points per game, while the Bears average 41.5 points per game.
The two teams have never met before.
What it is: Texas High School Football
Matchup: Everman Bulldogs vs. South Oak Cliff Bears
Time: Thursday Nov 09, 2023, 7:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 UIL 5A D2 Texas State Football Championships
Round: First Round
Locations: Kincaide Std – Dallas ISD, TX
Live stream: Watch here
The South Oak Cliff Bears are the clear favorites in this matchup. They have a better record, they are ranked higher in the state and their division, and they score more points per game.
However, the Everman Bulldogs should not be overlooked. They have a good offense and a solid defense.
The key to the game for the Bulldogs will be to slow down the Bears’ high-powered offense and to force them into turnovers. If they can do that, they will have a chance to win.
The Bears are led by quarterback Jake Smith, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Smith also has a stable of running backs, led by John Jones, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Billy Bob Taylor, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Taylor also has a good running back in Jimmy Dean, who has rushed for over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs’ defense will be led by linebacker Billy Bob Thornton, who has over 100 tackles this season. The Bears’ defense will be led by safety Jake Smith, who has over 50 tackles and five interceptions this season.
The South Oak Cliff Bears are the clear favorites in this matchup, but the Everman Bulldogs should not be overlooked. The Bulldogs are a good team that has shown the ability to beat good teams. However, the Bears are too talented and too experienced for the Bulldogs to overcome.
Final Prediction: South Oak Cliff Bears 49, Everman Bulldogs 28