FLINTON - Entering Friday night's 14-6 Inter-County Conference non-division victory over host Glendale, junior speedster Kyle Sheaffer was already an integral part of Everett's offensive game plan.
Following Friday night's contest, senior fullback Austin Karns figures to become one for the remainder of the season.
Sheaffer and Karns both shined as Everett bounced back from a season-opening loss to Tussey Mountain to win at Dr. Roy F. Baker Memorial Field.
Sheaffer returned a Glendale punt 40 yards for the first touchdown of the game with 6:20 left in the first quarter.
With Everett clinging to a 7-6 lead late in the fourth quarter, another Sheaffer punt return set the Warriors up at the Glendale 38.
Karns carried five straight times to cover the remaining yardage to the end zone, including a 12-yard jaunt for an insurance touchdown with 3:32 left in the game.
Everett coach Mark Kirk regards Sheaffer as one of his team's biggest playmakers.
"He's a pretty quick athlete who can play multiple positions, and we try to get him the ball as much as we can,'' Kirk said.
That should also be the case more and more as the season progresses for Karns, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder who led all rushers Friday with 74 yards on 14 carries.
"Austin is a good kid,'' Kirk said. "He's also an inside [line]backer for us, so he probably plays about 110 plays a game. Until tonight, we really hadn't been using the fullback as a runner much, but at our team meeting last Sunday, we decided we were going to run the fullback more in order to take some pressure off of our halfbacks.''
Karns made the strategy pay off Friday night, as Everett prevailed in a somewhat sloppy game that featured four turnovers by each team, including three fumbles apiece.
"I thought that we played well defensively, but we put the ball on the ground too many times and we weren't real consistent offensively,'' Kirk said.
Along with the turnovers, Everett was also penalized 12 times for 110 yards.
Glendale, which was shut out by Northern Bedford in last week's season opener, didn't get on the scoreboard Friday until junior quarterback Alex Iraca found senior wideout Tyler Potutschnig with a dart across the middle of the field that covered 70 yards for a touchdown with 5:46 remaining in the game.
The score brought Glendale to within 7-6, and Vikings coach Matt Irvine elected to go for the win with a two-point pass play from Iraca to sophomore Dane Mencer that was tipped away by an Everett defender.
"I just like playing for the win,'' Irvine said when asked about his strategy. "I've always been like that. I don't like to kick for the tie. I'd rather try to win the game. That's my mentality.''
After Glendale scored, Sheaffer responded with his big kickoff return that set up Karns' rushing heroics and late touchdown.
"The two special teams plays are what really got us tonight," Irvine said. "We had a much better effort from the start to the end tonight than we did in last week's game.''
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Everett7 0 0 7 - 14
Glendale0 0 0 6 - 6
E-Sheaffer 40 punt return (Steed kick), 6:20.
G-Potutschnig 70 pass from Iraca (pass failed), 5:46.
E-Karns 12 run (Steed kick), 3:32.
RUSHING: Everett-Karns 14-74, Sheaffer 11-56, Jay 12-23, Ward 7-(-21), Cogan 2-(-10). Glendale-Hewitt 3-21, Kimberly 9-19, Iraca 8-(-41), Potutschnig 1-(-7), Stewart 9-0.
PASSING: Everett-Bulger 3-5-0-0, Ward 1-7-1-7. Glendale-Iraca 8-22-1-145.
RECEIVING: Everett-Jay 2-4, Donelson 1-7, Mitchell 1-(-4). Glendale-Potutschnig 4-125, O'Donnell 4-20.
INTERCEPTIONS: Everett-Bulger. Glendale-Rojas.