DALLAS — The only touchdown was a defensive gem as South Oak Cliff took a 12-5 win over Ennis in a game marred by nine fumbles.
Ennis quarterback Deonte McDade was the only player in the game to rush for over 100 yards as he gained 116 on 26 attempts. Tim Jefferson led SOC with 94 yards on 26 carries. Neither player found the end zone, as the only touchdown of the game came when SOC’s LeDarius Pendleton picked off a D.J. Betik pass and returned it 24 yards to score on the final play from scrimmage.
Ennis established the tempo of the game during the opening SOC possession. An incomplete pass and two runs netted eight yards for the highly touted SOC offense. Kevin Brent came on to punt and the errors began. An errant snap was retrieved by Brent and Ennis took over at the SOC 28-yard line. A holding penalty moved the ball back 10 yards and a fumble was covered by SOC for an Ennis turnover, the first of four in the contest.
The Jefferson cousins, Tim at running back and Garry at quarterback for SOC, then began moving the ball down the field via the ground game.
In nine running plays the Jeffersons moved to the Ennis 1-yard line. A fumble by Kevin Brent was covered by Andy Laza to give Ennis the ball 99 yards from the goal.
Ennis was unable to mount a drive as Colby Threet came on to get off a 58-yard punt to the SOC 19.
Once again the Ennis defense rose to the occasion. Tim Jefferson was stopped after a one yard gain by Jose Sanchez. Garry Jefferson went off tackle for 7 yards and Andy Laza stopped Tim Jefferson to set up fourth-and-one at the 29. Brent came on to punt and dropped the snap to give Ennis possession at the end of the scoreless first quarter.
A pass to Kyle Guinyard put the ball into the red zone, but a fumble for the second Ennis turnover gave the ball back to SOC at the 16.
Another three-and-out brought Brent onto the field, where he got off his first punt of the game, 43 yards.
A miscue on the exchange between McDade and Lee King put the ball on the ground again, but McDade was able to make the recovery for Ennis. McDade ran for 1 yard and a pass to Cortney Brooks gained 10 to set up fourth-and-three at the SOC 37. McDade’s quarterback draw gained to the 19 and gave Ennis a new set of downs.
Both King and McDade were stopped for minor gains. An incomplete pass brought out Ivan Solis for a 36-yard field goal attempt that fell just short.
A series of seven plays netted just 10 yards and SOC was forced to punt again.
With 4:25 to play in the half the Ennis offense returned to the field. On first down the ball was on the turf for the third time. Jeremy Smith was able to come up with the recovery to set up a series of runs by King and McDade. Facing a fourth-and-two at the SOC 16, McDade was met in the Lion backfield by Vincent Adams for a loss of a yard to turn the ball over on downs.
Garry Jefferson, calling signals from the shotgun formation, watched the snap sail over his head and into the end zone. Jefferson scrambled for the ball, picked it up and tossed it out of bounds for an intentional grounding call that resulted in a safety and an Ennis 2-0 lead.
Ennis and SOC were both flagged on the ensuing free kick. Ennis was guilty of a block in the back and SOC was penalized for a personal foul of spearing.
DJ Betik came in to throw an incomplete pass. Then he handed the ball to King for a gain of 1-yard. A pass to Michael Guinyard picked up 2-yards and Threet punted for 45 yards to the SOC 10.
SOC managed to run for four yards before the horn sounded ending the first half with the baseball score of 2-0.
The Ennis defense held SOC to just 46 yards of total offense in the first half, all on the ground as Garry Jefferson was unable to complete a pass in five attempts.
The Ennis offense had just 101 yards, 89 on the ground and 12 via the pass.
The Lions had possession to begin the third quarter and on the third play put the ball on the ground once again.
SOC took over at its own 33 and the Ennis defense responded once again, but not before it appeared that SOC had solved its offensive woes. Tim Jefferson ran for eight yards. Garry Jefferson then gained eight more. A pair of incomplete passes set up third-and-10. Lee King and Andy Laza brought the SOC quarterback down after a 7-yard gain to bring Brent on to punt.
The Ennis offense was stymied and Threet got off a 49-yard punt to give SOC possession at the 29.
ZZZZ Vavra was able to corral Tim Jefferson after a gain of 15 yards. T. Jefferson then moved the ball to midfield to be brought down by Andy Laza and Javon King.
G. Jefferson pulled the ball down and ran to the Ennis 37. Four running plays netted the Ennis 22. Randall Tarrant picked off G. Jefferson’s pass to give Ennis the ball at the 1-yard line for the second time in the game.
McDade tried the middle, but was met by Jonas Rambo for no gain. King tried, but was brought down after picking up a yard. McDade was tackled for an apparent safety but the line judge placed the ball at the one to set up fourth down. Threet punted the ball to Cadarian Wilkins, who returned the kick for an apparent touchdown. But, SOC was flagged for an illegal block, putting the ball back on the Ennis 42.
SOC drove to the Ennis 4-yard line before Mario Valdez was brought on for the 24 yard field goal.
With 7:23 to play in the game, Ennis trailed for the first time, 3-2.
Vavra fielded the kick and returned 25 yards to the Ennis 38.
King ran for 10, followed by a run of 6 yards by McDade. After an incomplete pass, McDade went to the quarterback draw for the second time. He raced all the way to the SOC 19 before being brought down. However, the drive stalled at the 6-yard line and Ivan Solis was brought in for the 23 yard field goal.
Trailing 5-3 with 3:02 to play, the SOC offense took the field.
T. Jefferson gained 2-yards, being brought down by Jonathan Williams. Garry Jefferson, 0 for 9 at that point, completed his first pass of the game with 2:00 showing on the fourth quarter clock. But, the pass to Michael Newhouse covered 58 yards to the Ennis 22-yard line. A holding call moved the ball back to the 32. G. Jefferson dropped back but pulled the ball down and flew to the Ennis 18 before being tackled by Laza. LaQuardia Williams stopped the SOC quarterback at the 15 to force Valdez on to kick a 33 yard field goal, the longest of his career.
With 13 ticks on the clock Ennis trailed 6-5.
Betik, a very promising sophomore, came in to throw for Ennis. His pass was picked off by Pendleton for a 24-yard interception return for the touchdown and the final 12-5 score.