TYLER — The visiting Lions of Ennis found Friday the 13th to be their lucky night, as they took down the Whitehouse Wildcats in their own stadium.
Ennis defeated Whitehouse in the first District 17-5A game of the season for either team, 34-10. The win moved Ennis to 3-3 on the season and dropped Whitehouse to the same mark.
Rushing yards were easy to find for the Lions, as the stable of Ennis running backs amassed a 403 rushing yards. The Lions also gained another 53 yards through the air.
Lion starting quarterback Kade Graff often found success via the option.
On the other hand, the Wildcat sputtered under the pressure of the Ennis defense — only mustering a 25-yard Cooper Clemons field goal and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Clemons to Kendrion Johnson.
Unfortunately for Whitehouse, that concluded their scoring for the ballgame.
Friday marked the second-straight game for Ennis to shutout its opponent in the second half.
Even though Whitehouse had great size on their defensive line, Ennis’ much smaller offensive squad imposed their will on the Wildcats early and often.
Tycen Thompson led the Lions with 170 yards rushing yards and two touchdowns, while his running mate, James Harris, ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Late in the 3rd quarter, the Whitehouse offense began to click and drove deep into the Lions' red zone.
That was until defensive standout Bubba Grimes intercepted a poorly thrown Clemons pass on the Ennis two-yard line. Grimes then tucked the ball away and, with the help of a 15-yard personal foul, returned the football to the Whitehouse 22-yard line.
The Lions cashed in four plays later and on the first possession of the fourth quarter for the 34-10 lead that held through the final buzzer.
Ennis kicker Trevor Oakley made 4-of-his-5 extra-point attempts, with the lone miss being blocked in the second quarter.
The Lions will continue their East Texas road trip when they travel to Lindale next Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.