NACOGDOCHES — Friday night was a long one for the home crowd at Dragon Stadium in a District 17-5A matchup between the visiting Ennis Lions and the Dragons of Nacogdoches.
The balmy, East Texas weather was not the only thing hot, either, as this one was all Lions. Ennis improved to 4-0 in district play with a rout of Nacogdoches, 49-21.
Runningback Tycen Thomson also broke the career rushing record in the ballgame, as he now sits at 3,340 career yards.
The Dragons kicked off to open the football game and quickly found themselves on their heels.
Ennis quarterback Kademon Graff took the first snap of the game, rolled out to the right, and found a wide-open Kyre Holloway, who galloped in for the 75-yard touchdown.
The score took just 12 seconds after Trevor Oakley added the extra point. It was also the quickest opening touchdown of the season for the Lions.
Their quest to jump on the opposition was only a prelude to what was to be served up to the Dragons Friday, Nov. 3, as EHS crossed the goal line seven times in the win.
After four weeks of district play, the Lions have accumulated a whopping 162 points, while the Ennis defense has allowed just 38.
The Dragons first possession of the game garnered a touchdown, as well. They displayed an impressive 88-yd drive that culminated in a 1-yd jump into the end zone by running back Marcus Sweat. The PAT by kicker Chris Campos-Gonzalez was successful and tied the game at seven-all.
Ennis’ next scoring possession started with a big gainer by Thompson when Graff faked a pass, then handed-off to Thompson for a 53-yard scamper on a "Statue of Liberty." The carry made Thompson the all-time career rushing leader in Ennis football history.
Thompson finished the game with nine carries for 130 yards and one touchdown, and also caught seven passes for 150 yards and a score.
The drive only took seven plays, as running back James Harris finished-off a 2-yard run into the end zone for the Lions’ second touchdown.
Holloway finished the game with a 63-yard touchdown run and one receiving touchdown. Harris carried the football 16 times for 97 yards and a score, while Oakley ran twice for 12 yards and a touchdown.
Dylan Santos scored once from four yards out, and Zion Dove ran three times for 21 yards.
Graff completed 12-of-13 attempts through the air for 298 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for the night.
Ennis returns home next Friday to play longtime rival Corsicana.
The Tigers had won their final home district game against Whitehouse 27-10 on Friday. Both teams enter with a 6-3 record on the season and 4-0 in district play. They also have both clinched playoff berths.
Friday will be for the District 17-5A Championship.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Lions Memorial Stadium in Ennis.